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 IdentificationAt 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