Library Card

Who Can Get a Library Card?

Residents who live in incorporated Naperville:

  • Apply online now.
  • Apply in person at any of our three library locations with a current Illinois driver’s license or with a current picture ID and proof of residency.
  • Residents under 18 also need a parent's signature.

Library cards are good for 3 years and must be renewed in-person with proper ID.

Resident cardholders of any age who are unable to visit the library due to a temporary or long term health condition may register for Special Services homebound delivery.

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 locations)
  • You may not checkout downloadable materials, video games, or hotspots

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

Enhanced Services:
A Reciprocal Borrower may purchase Enhanced Services to the Naperville Public Library for an annual fee of $150.00 per individual. Enhanced Services entitle the Reciprocal Borrower to all the rights and privileges of a Resident card with the exception of registering for Special Services.

Unincorporated (Fee) Card

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:
.002556 (DuPage County)
.002531 (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 Nonresident card, stop by any library location with any of the following:

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

Nonresident Taxpayer Card

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 Library Card is valid for three years.

Only one Nonresident Taxpayer Library Card will be issued per taxable property. A copy of the most recent tax bill must be presented at the time of application.

Business Library Card

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.

Get Notices About Your Account

Choose how to see your account messages:

  • Email
  • Text message (Shoutbomb)
  • US mail notification
  • Automated phone messages (TeleCirc)

Renewals & Returns

How do I renew items?

See the borrowing and fees chart for more information about fees, loan periods and renewals.

What is a vacation loan?

If you will be going out of town for an extended amount of time, ask for a vacation loan. The normal loan period for any item may be doubled except for those with holds or on Interlibrary loan.

Where can I return items?

Return items to any of the three buildings. Drive-up returns are available 24 hours a day, including holidays.

e-Readers and Tablets must be returned to a Circulation staff member or a $5 fee will be charged. All accessories must be returned with the eReader/Tablet or a replacement charge will be assessed per missing item.

Lost your Card?

Let us know immediately if your card is lost or stolen. In case of unauthorized use, the customer is responsible for the first $50 in charges. There is no limit of liability when the fraudulent use is by a family member or member of the same household. A $2 replacement charge may apply.

Show Us Your Card, Naperville!

Show your Naperville Public Library card at the participating locations to save money and receive benefits at the time of purchase. Check back each season for an updated list of participating businesses and offers. See the current offers.

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
  • Get discounts at participating local merchants with Show Us Your Card program

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