How to Get a Library Card

Obtaining a library card is easy with the proper identification. Cards are issued to residents living within the library district boundaries, which includes the Village of Crete and Crete Township as well as a few other areas. Consult your tax bill or voter’s registration card or call the library if you are unsure of your library district. District residents’ property taxes support the Crete Public Library District.

Children must be age 5 or older or in kindergarten to get a library card, and a parent or legal guardian must sign for and be responsible for cards held by children age 17 and under. Legal guardians must show proof of guardianship.

Card applicants most provide a valid picture ID and two (2) forms of identification with their current street address (one of which could be the picture ID).

Acceptable Photo Identification
Please provide one (1) of the following:

  • Driver’s License/State ID
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • FOID Card
  • Permanent Resident (Green) Card
    All forms of ID must be valid, unexpired, and reflect current address. If the ID does not have the current address, an additional proof of residency will be required.

Acceptable Proof of Residency
Please provide one (1) of the following:

  • Current Utility Bill – Electric/Gas/Water/Home Phone (Must be within last 30 Days)
  • Tax Bill (Must be within last 6 months)
  • Mortgage Statement/Lease Agreement
  • Bank Statement (Must be within last 30 Days)
  • Unemployment Statement/Payroll Stub (Must be within last 30 Days)
  • Voter’s Registration Card (Must be within current year)
    All proof of residency must reflect current address within the library district.

Cardholder responsibilities are outlined on the application form. You are responsible for all items borrowed on your card. Report a lost, missing or stolen library card immediately by calling 708-672-8017. There is a $2 fee to replace a lost, missing or stolen card if it is not expired. There is no cost to replace or renew an expired library card. If you have questions, please contact Patron Services at or call 708-672-8017.

How to Obtain a Chicago Public Library Card

Your Crete Public Library card gives you borrowing privileges at many public libraries in Illinois. Chicago Public Libraries are an exception. If you have a Crete library card in good standing (unexpired, no fees or other charges pending), you are eligible to apply for a Chicago Public Library card. When you complete the Chicago Public Library card application, they will call the Crete Public Library to verify your status. For more information, please contact Patron Services at or  call 708-672-8017.