How to Get a Library Card

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Am I Eligible for a Crete Public Library Card?

Yes, if you live within our library district which includes the Village of Crete, Crete Township, and a few other areas. Your property taxes support this library.

No, if you live outside our library district. See nearby libraries below.

To figure out if your address is within our library district, check your tax bill or voter’s registration card. You can also call our Patron Services department at 708-672-8017.

Please be aware that the library will not issue cards to patrons who have known overdue obligations (in the form of unpaid fines or overdues or lost or damaged materials) at another library in Illinois.

How do I apply for a card?

Come into the library and complete an application at the Patron Services desk.

What do I need to bring with me?

One valid and unexpired photo ID and two proofs of residence that include your name and current street address.

Photo ID options: You will need one of these.

  • Driver’s license or State ID
  • Passport/Passport Card
  • Military ID
  • FOID Card
  • Permanent Resident (Green) Card

Proof of Residence options: You will need two of these.

  • Driver’s License or State ID (must have your current address in our library district and be unexpired)
  • Bank Statement (dated within 30 days)
  • Utility Bill (dated within 30 days)
  • Voter Registration Card (dated within the current year)
  • Vehicle Registration (dated within the current year)
  • Mortgage Statement (dated within 30 days)
  • Current lease agreement
  • Payroll Stub (dated within 30 days)
  • Unemployment Statement (dated within 30 days)
  • Property Tax Bill (dated within 6 months)

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my driver’s license is unexpired, but has not yet been changed to my current address?
In this case, your driver’s license counts as a photo ID, but you will need to bring 2 other items from the proofs of residency list.

What items are NOT acceptable for identification and/or proof of residency?
Junk mail, Social Security cards, and car insurance cards will not be accepted. Photocopies of photo ID and proofs of residency made prior to coming into the library building will also not be accepted.

Can I use my cell phone to show current statements or bills?

How do I get a card for a child?
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. The parent or legal guardian does not need to have a card of their own for the child to have one.

What are my responsibilities as a cardholder?
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.

Do you offer digital cards?
You can receive 3 months of temporary access to our online resources by completing this application through SWAN Library Services, our library system. You will receive access to ebooks, audiobooks, online databases, homework help, and more.

When your temporary access is due to expire, you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to receive a full privileges card.

Nearby Libraries

Here are the libraries we most frequently redirect people to as their actual home library. Once a card is obtained from one of these libraries, it can then also be used at our library.

Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library
54 E 31st St., Steger, IL 60475
(708) 755-5040

University Park Public Library District
1100 Blackhawk Dr., University Park, IL 60484
(708) 534-2580

Beecher Community Library
660 Penfield St., Beecher, IL 60401
(708) 946-9090

Peotone Public Library*
515 N. 1st St., Peotone, IL 60468
(708) 258-3436

*If you live in Monee, your home library is the Peotone Public Library.

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.

Have additional questions?
For more information on library cards, please view our Circulation Policies.