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Winnebago Public Library Card

WHO CAN GET A FREE LIBRARY CARD?

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. 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 family. 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.

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 hours.

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:

Borrow books and other materials from us and from most other public libraries in Illinois.

Use special online collections to find magazine articles and information you can't get just by

searching the web on our e-resources page.

Check out STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits.

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET MY LIBRARY CARD?

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. District and

Non-resident patrons will receive a Winnebago public Library card and are entered into our system.

A parent or guardian must be present and sign for the card before it will be released to a minor.

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 places on their home library card.

Acceptable Proof of Identification At least 2 (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 months 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 card

Patrons are required to show their library card with every use.

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.