The library is funded through your tax dollars. If you live within the Winnebago
district, you “pay” for service through your taxes and are eligible to receive a
free library card. The price of the non-resident card at any library is
determined by a formula standard to all public libraries in Illinois, which may
change from year to year, and will vary from one library to another. If you live
in our service area, you may get a library card free of charge, as part of your
tax-supported library service. Winnebago District limits can be confusing, so
ask us if you are unsure about whether or not you live within them.
To get a library card, see a member of the library staff during normal business
Winnebago Public Library PolicyAll residents within the Winnebago Public Library District are eligible to apply for a two-year library card (portion of your taxes go WPL). Library cards are non-transferable. All items borrowed are the responsibility of the individual to whom the card is issued. Youth (under age 18) registrations must be signed in person by a parent or guardian. A parent or guardian must be present and sign for the card beforeit will be released to a minor. Signature indicate an acceptance of responsibility for:•the youth’s use of all library resources including access to the Internet•supervision of the youth’s choice of materials borrowed•return of all materials when due•all losses and damages to materials and equipment borrowedNon-Resident PatronsNon-residents are defined as a person who resides outside the taxing area of a public library. Non-residents may purchase a one-year, non-resident card. The price of the non-resident card is determined by a formula standard to all public libraries in Illinois, which may change from year to year, and will vary from one library to another. Those who live outside the Winnebago district limits are eligible to pay for library services and receive their library card for an annual fee of $84.00 per household. Reciprical BorrowersPatrons whose taxes go to other libraries are considered reciprocal borrowers. They will be issued a library card that will expire in one year from the date of issue. Reciprocal borrowers cannot reserve material or request materials through Interlibrary loans.Library Card Registration
Getting your library card is easy. To get a card, bring in proof of identity and
residency (reference acceptable proof of identification below). You will be
asked to complete an application and entered into our library software
At least two documents with acceptable proof of current residency and identification must be presented upon application for a card and may include, but are not limited to: •Photo Identification •Driver’s License •State ID •Firearms ID•Non Photo Identification•Bill (current or last month’s credit card or utility)•Auto Registration•Checkbook (with imprinted name and current address)•Driver’s Permit•Lease•Recent Post Office-Forwarded Mailing Label•Mortgage•Voter’s Registration CardLibrary Card Responsibility•A patron must use their own card to check out materials. •There will be a $1.00 fee for the replacement of lost cards which are not yet expired. •Minors less than 18 years old, with written parental permission may check out R rated or unrated materials. •Due dates for materials requested through inter-library loan may vary. Patrons are responsible to follow the borrowing library’s requested due date.•Requested materials from our library will be held for the patron for four days after notification.Can I use my card from another Illinois Library?
If you have a current library card from another Illinois library with which our
Library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement, and you do not owe library
fines or have overdue materials, you may use our resources.
Reciprocal Borrowers have the same borrowing privileges as a Resident, with
the exception of electronic devices, remote access to certain electronic
databases, STEM Kits and Interlibrary Loan requests.
A reciprocal borrower is asked to show their drivers license as well as their
library card from their tax paying 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. Reciprocal borrowers will receive a barcode which the library