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Información en español:

Residents of incorporated Addison can sign up for their library card at no cost.

Residents of unincorporated Addison may purchase a library card for a fee that will be calculated using your property tax bill. This calculated fee is based on a formula determined by the Illinois State Library and is equal to the percentage of property taxes incorporated residents automatically pay. Review our map to check whether you live in incorporated or unincorporated Addison.

What do I need to get a library card?

You need a photo ID with your current address. If your photo ID doesn't have your current address, please bring in an item from the proof of address list.

Acceptable photo ID: Driver’s license or temporary secure paper license, state ID or temporary secure state ID, firearms owner identification (FOID) card, passport, permanent resident or immigration card, school-issued ID (current year)

Acceptable proof of address: Bills from current or previous month: utilities, credit card, cable, phone (paper or electronic), bank statement from current or previous month (paper or electronic), current car registration, property tax bill, rental agreement or lease, insurance card (with address, paper or electronic), school verification letter, recent report card (with address), recent transcript (with address)

Residents of Incorporated Addison

  • Over 18 - Photo ID with proof of address
  • Under 18 - Photo ID with proof of address. Parent/guardian must be present.

Digital Cards

Can't come to the library? Sign-up online for a 3-month digital card to access eBooks, databases, and more. 

Non-residents (Unincorporated Addison)

Photo ID and property tax bill, rental agreement, or lease. An annual fee will be calculated based on your property tax bill.

Addison Business Owner

Photo ID and copy of your property tax bill, business license, letter of incorporation, rental agreement, or lease. Please contact Matt Williams, our Business Services Specialist, at or 630.458.3304 to set up your Addison Business Card.

Reciprocal Borrower

If you live outside of Addison and you are in good standing with your home library, you may sign up as a reciprocal borrower with a photo ID and your home library card.

Cards for Kids

Free library cards are available to any student living in an unincorporated area whose household falls at or below the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Income Eligibility Guidelines. A parent/guardian must fill out the following form and have it signed by the school principal who will verify eligibility status. Once the form has been completed, please bring it in, along with one photo ID and one proof of address. Both parent or guardian and all child(ren) must be present. 

Completed form must include: 

  1. Name of all children and schools attended by children 
  2. Signature from school principal  

How do I renew my expired library card?

We do an annual address check for Addison residents so you shouldn't ever have to renew your card! If you've moved or the address cannot be confirmed, we will need to verify that you are a resident by showing a photo ID with a proof of address when you come into the Library. If you have a nonresident, reciprocal, or business library card you may need other identification; please reference the information above to confirm what you may need. 

If you have outstanding fees (like lost items), you must pay those fees before renewing your library card.

How do I replace a lost card?

If you have lost your library card, please let staff at Guest Services know as soon as possible and they will be happy to issue you a new card for free. Stop by the desk next time you're in or call them at 630.543.3617.


Give us a call at 630.543.3617 or stop by the Guest Services Desk.