Library Card Information

Not a cardholder yet? Sign up for a temporary digital card to access all of our online resources including ebooks, audiobooks, online databases, homework help, and more.

Or obtain a full privileges library card easily 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. For more information on library cards, please view our Circulation Policy.

Adults (Ages 18 & up)

To obtain a full privileges library card, you will need to bring with you proof of both your identity and residency. If your photo ID does not have your current Crete address on it, please see option B, so you will have all the documentation you will need to bring with you and not need to make a second trip.

1 photo ID with your current Crete address AND 1 proof of residency with your current Crete address

1 photo ID that does not have your current Crete address AND 2 proofs of residency with your current Crete address

Acceptable Photo Identification Acceptable Proofs of Residency
All forms of photo identification must be valid and unexpired.
  • Driver’s License/State ID
  • Passport/Passport Card
  • Military ID
  • FOID Card
  • Permanent Resident (Green) Card
All proofs of residency must reflect your current address within the library district.
  • Current Utility Bill – Electric/Gas/Water/Home Phone (within last 30 days)
  • Tax Bill (within last 6 months)
  • Mortgage Statement (within last 30 days or a current lease agreement)
  • Bank Statement (within last 30 days)
  • Unemployment Statement/Payroll Stub (within last 30 days)
  • Voter’s Registration Card (within current year)

Youth (Ages 5- 17)

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.

Cardholder Responsibilities

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 to avoid incurring fraudulent charges. There is no cost to replace or renew a library card. If you have questions, please contact Patron Services at or call us.

Obtaining a Chicago Public Library Card

Your Crete Public Library card gives you borrowing privileges at most public libraries in Illinois. Additionally, 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.