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Get a Library Card

Any resident of the city of Joliet may apply for a library card. Children three years old and up may apply for their own library card, with parental consent and signature of responsibility.

Parents can apply for individual library cards for each child at their discretion. Parents or legal guardians must sign the library card application for each minor.

Non-residents who own property within the city limits are asked to present proof of ownership to obtain a card.

Residents of Illinois in an area that is not taxed for public library service may purchase a non-resident library card. Please contact the Circulation Department at 815-740-2660 to calculate the cost of your card. 

Applicants must present one current government issued photo ID that verifies their name and one printed form of identification that verifies their current address. P.O. Boxes cannot be used.

If you have one piece of identification that verifies both name and current address, such as a driver’s license, that one piece of identification can be used to get a library card. If you do not, then you must present at least one piece of identification from each list. Nothing handwritten can be used for identification.

You must present one piece of identification from this list:
(Acceptable identification for verification of identity

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid state ID
  • Valid passport
  • Matricula ID card

AND one piece of identification from this list:
(Acceptable identification for verification of current address)

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid state ID
  • Voter’s registration card
  • Current utility bills
  • Current bills
  • Closing papers for property within the city of Joliet

You must notify the library immediately if your card is lost. You are responsible for all items checked out on that card until the library is notified of its loss. You are also responsible for any items that you allow friends and/or relatives to check out on your card.

If you have any questions about getting a library card, feel free to ask or call the Circulation staff.
Ottawa Street Branch - 815/740-2660
Black Road Branch - 815-846-6500 

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 Library Cards for Joliet Area Students

All residents of Joliet Township and Rockdale who are students of Joliet Public Schools - District 86, Joliet Township High School, Rockdale Grade School, Troy CCSD 30C, Plainfield School District 202, and Laraway CCSD70C are now eligible for Joliet Public Library student cards at no additional cost to the household.

All students of District 86 who are City of Joliet residents, or residents of Pinnacle libraries, are additionally invited to participate in the application process:

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Veteran and Armed Forces Library Cards

Residents who are former or current members of the United States Armed Forces, and current members of the United States Armed Forces stationed locally without permanent addresses in the library’s service area, are eligible for a Veteran and Armed Forces library account at no cost.

Service Highlights 

Veteran and Armed Forces accounts are fine free for all material types and additionally qualify veterans and active duty personnel for 100 free prints. Fees for lost and damaged items still apply. 

To qualify, eligible residents must present either their driver's license with 'Veteran' designation, officially recognized veteran or military identification cards or official DD214 form when requesting the card or a change to a current library card account. 

This card may not be used by any other individual, and benefits do not apply to family members.





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Sun: 1-5 p.m. 

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