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Get a Library Card

If you live in our service area, you may get a library card free of charge, as part of your tax-supported library service.

Your library card allows you to:

To get a library card, see a member of the library staff during normal business hours.

We follow these three steps...

  1.  To verify if a patron is paying to our taxing body, the Winnebago public Library, we reference the Winnebago County Treasurer website.
  2. If a patron does not reside in our library district (is not paying to our taxing body) but they reside in another library district, that patron is considered a reciprocal borrower.
  3. If the patron does not reside in our library district (is not paying to our taxing body), or if the patron does not reside in ANY other library district or the municipal library, then they have the option to purchase, for an annual fee, a card for library privileges (NR – Non-Resident).  They will be asked to apply for a card from the library that is located closest to the person's primary residence (75 ILCS 16/30-55.60).  The non-resident fee for the Winnebago public Library is $84.00.  This charge covers all residents at the address, however a proof of identification is required (See step 2 – Identify) excluding children (under 18 years of age).
  1. District and Non-Resident patrons 18 years or older are required to provide their driver's license reflecting their current address along with two pieces of business mail.
  2. A reciprocal borrower is asked to show their drivers license as well as their library card from home library.  please note that we do call patron's home library to confirm the patron is in good standing and has a current library card.
  1.  District and Non-resident patrons will receive a Winnebago public Library card and are entered into our system.
  2. Reciprocal borrowers will receive a bar code sticker which the library places on their home library card.
  3. Patrons are required to show their library card with every use.

Renew Books

There are three ways to renew books and other items:

  1. Stop by the library during normal hours of operation and speak with one of the library staff members
  2. Call the library at (815) 335-7050 during normal hours of operation and speak with one of the library staff members
  3. Send an e-mail requesting the material(s) be renewed, the address is:


Get a Newsfeed of Library Headlines

This website has several "feeds", which allow you to automatically receive links to news and events as they're posted on the site. Using feeds is a convenient way to keep up with as many blogs, news sites, and other websites as you like. For a quick tutorial about feeds and how they work, see Common Craft's RSS in Plain English video.

Feeds are marked with a special icon Feed icon, which you click to "subscribe" to the feed by adding it to whichever program you use as a feed reader (see below). 

Feeds on this site include:

There are a number of tools available for subscribing to and reading feeds. Here are a few examples:

Each tool has its own specific instructions for adding feeds, but the process is usually as simple as pasting in the feed's address or selecting from a menu.