Library Cards

A library card propped up by a stack of books sitting on a desk. Text: Naperville Public Library

What can I do with a library card?

  • Check out books, movies, and music CDs
  • Download e-books, e-audiobooks, music, and videos
  • Use online resources for research
  • Place holds on items in person or online
  • Use computers, scanners, and printers
  • Attend events or classes
  • Participate in reading programs
  • Get help with homework assignments
  • Request an Interlibrary Loan
  • Rent meeting rooms at discounted prices

Can I use Library services without a card?

Even without a card you can:

  • Read books, magazines, and use special collections when visiting the Library
  • Sign up for a book list to be delivered to your email address
  • Use online resources for research when visiting the Library
  • Use Text-a-Librarian
  • Use computers in the adult computer labs
  • Access our wireless network on your laptop or mobile device
  • Rent meeting rooms

Who can get a library card?

Residents who live in incorporated Naperville:

If you live inside the blue area on the map and your address is in Naperville, then you may be eligible for a library card.

How can I apply for a library card?

  • Apply online
  • Apply in person at any of our three Library locations with:
    • Current Illinois driver's license or a current picture ID
    • Proof of residency (see below)

Residents under 18 also need a parent/guardian's signature.

Acceptable Documents (Print or Electronic)

  • Checking account information
  • Telephone directory verification
  • Current Illinois driver's license/identification card renewal notice
  • Current Illinois driver's license receipt (valid with signature)
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Mortgage/personal loan documents (not applications)
  • Rent receipt (within 60 days)
  • Utility bill (within 60 days)
  • Personal mail with postmark (within 60 days)

Additional documents, not listed, may be acceptable upon review by staff.

Renewing Your Card

If you already have a Naperville Public Library card and your card is about to expire or if you need to update your address, contact us for next steps.

If You Don't Live in Incorporated Naperville

Naperville Public Library offers other options to obtain a library card if you don't live in incorporated Naperville. Some fees may apply, some services may be limited, and terms may vary.

  1. Reciprocal Borrower Card

If you have a valid library card issued by another Illinois library, you can sign up to be a reciprocal borrower. To apply, stop by any library location with the following:

  • Your current home library card
  • A photo ID

Registered Reciprocal Borrowers will have the same rights and responsibilities as Naperville card holders with these few exceptions (your home library may provide these services):

  • You may not place holds.
  • You may not use Interlibrary Loan Services.
  • You may not access Online Resources remotely (you may use them within our library buildings).
  • You may not check out digital materials or hotspots.

Reciprocal borrower privileges are valid for one year or until the expiration date of the home library card, whichever comes first.

  1. Non-resident (Fee) Card
  1. Nonresident Taxpayer Card
  1. Business Library Card

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