Library Card

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.

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  • Apply in person at any of our three library locations with:
    • Current Illinois driver’s license or with a current picture ID
    • Proof of residency (See below)
  • Residents under 18 also need a parent's signature.
Acceptable documents (print or electronic) include:
  • Checking account
  • 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.


Resident card holders of any age who are unable to visit the library due to a temporary or long term health condition may register for home delivery.

Renewing your card

Library cards are good for 3 years and can be renewed online, within our mobile app or in-person with proper ID.

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 locations)
  • You may not check out downloadable materials or hotspots

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

If you live in unincorporated Naperville you may purchase a full service library card. The fee would include cards for the entire household and would be valid for a period of one year. The annual non-resident fee is based on a formula determined by the Illinois State Library.   The fee is determined by multiplying the net valuation (less homestead exemption) by:

.002184 (DuPage County)
.002163 (Will County)

Renters in unincorporated Naperville will pay an amount equal to 15% of your monthly rent.

If you don't know if you live in unincorporated Naperville, call us during regular hours at 630-961-4100.

To purchase your Non-resident (Fee) card, stop by any Naperville Public Library location with any of the following:

  • Your most recent tax bill
  • A current lease, rent receipt or copy of a canceled check

A nonresident who as an individual or as a partner owning taxable property in the City of Naperville may apply for a card using the Application for Nonresident Taxpayer Library Card. The Nonresident Taxpayer Card is valid for three years.

A Business Library Card is available to any organizational entity, profit or nonprofit that rents property in Incorporated Naperville. The owner, senior representative or manager of the business may apply for a card in person using the Application for a Business Library Card. Appropriate current documentation and identification must be presented upon application. This may include the following:

  • Business License
  • Letter of incorporation
  • Rental agreement
  • Utility bill

A photo ID will be required along with a document indicating the title of the signee. Only one card will be issued per property owner or renter. The Business Card is valid for one year.

Library Card Benefits

What can I do with a Library card?

  • Check out books, movies and music CD’s
  • Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, music and videos
  • Read along online storybooks
  • Play educational online games
  • 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 Homework Help
  • 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 newsletter 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 Lab
  • Access our wireless network on your laptop or mobile device
  • Rent meeting rooms

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