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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 


Online Library Card Registration Offered During Phase 4

If you are not registered for library services and if you live in Joliet or the immediate surrounding unincorporated areas, click here to register now for a temporary library card. 

All temporary cards will be good for one week, at which point, temporary library cardholders will be asked to visit either library branch with proper identification to obtain a permanent library card. 

Our friendly Circulation team will assist unincorporated residents in determining the cost of a household non-resident fee which will be added to temporary unincorporated residential accounts, and which can be paid online or via check in the summer in order to continue permanent library service after one week's time.

Temporary library cards may be used in the same capacity as permanent library cards, and we encourage you to explore our digital resources. 

We hope to see you at the library!

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, Union SD81 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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