*During the COVID-19 pandemic the library will be issuing temporary cards that patrons can get electronically. If you live in DeKalb and do not have a current library card, please email Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org with an image of your photo ID and an image of a document that has your current DeKalb address on it (lease, utility bill, piece of mail, etc.) If your photo ID has your current DeKalb address on it you will not need to send an additional document. We will email you back with your temporary library card number and PIN that can be used to access all of our digital resources.
Any person living within the DeKalb city limits pays taxes to support the library and is eligible for a free library card. To apply for a library card you must show a photo ID and proof of your current address (if not included on the ID). There are also options for people living outside the city limits.
DeKalb Resident Cards:
Free to individuals who reside within the DeKalb city limits and have verification of their current address and a photo ID.
Non-Resident Taxpayer Card:
Individuals who reside outside the DeKalb city limits, but who pay taxes on property within the DeKalb city limits are eligible for a card. To qualify for this type of card you must bring a current tax bill for the property along with photo ID.
Non-Resident Fee Cards:
People who reside outside the DeKalb city limits but are still within the DeKalb school district and do not qualify as reciprocal borrowers may purchase a card.
Homeowner Fee Card: Non-Resident homeowners who live within the DeKalb school district may purchase a family card for an annual fee of $68.50. All family members residing at the property may use the card. You will need to provide photo ID and proof of address.
Renter’s Fee Card: Non-Resident renters who live within the DeKalb school district may purchase an individual renter’s fee card for an annual fee of $68.50. You will need to provide photo ID and a current rental contract in your name. All family members residing at the property may use the card.
Reciprocal Borrower Cards:
The DeKalb Public Library honors cards from other Illinois Full Member Participating Public Libraries as long as the patron’s card has not expired and they are in good standing at their home library. Photo ID required.