Library cards are available to residents of the City of Bloomington and residents of the Golden Prairie Public Library District. (The Golden Prairie Public Library District includes most residents of the following townships: Arrowsmith, Bloomington, Dale, Dawson, and Old Town).
Any resident age 17 years or older may receive an adult library card upon provision of a valid photo ID and proof of current address. Those under the age of 17 years will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a child library card or a teen library card.
Child library cards are issued to those age birth-11 years.
Teen library cards are issued to those age 12-17 years.
Adult library cards are issues to those age 18 years or older.
Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Illinois driver's license or other government-issued photo ID with current address, a recent utility bill, a signed lease agreement, a personalized check, or recent mail with postmark. Bloomington Public Library reserves the right not to issue a library card to anyone who cannot provide identification and/or address verification. The Library also reserves the right to restrict the borrowing privileges of any person who has overdue materials and/or has accumulated fees.
A parent or legal guardian's consent is required for anyone under the age of 17 to obtain a library card. The child and the parent must both be present when the card is issued at the Library or at a Bookmobile stop. Consenting parents/guardians acknowledge responsibility for items borrowed, fees incurred, and their child's selection of materials.
Emancipated minors who have proof of their court ordered emancipation may receive an adult library card without parental consent.
Visit the Library or the Bookmobile in person or click the “Pre-register online” button below to complete a library card application. If you complete the pre-registration form, you’ll need to visit the Library or a Bookmobile stop where you’ll present your valid photo ID and proof of your current address to receive your library card.Pre-register online
All library cards are valid for three years. If your library card has expired, please bring the card and proof of your current address with you to the Library or to any Bookmobile stop to renew your card.
Non-residents who live near the City of Bloomington, but in an area where no library exists, may purchase a non-resident library card. Non-resident library cards offer full borrowing privileges and access to Bloomington Public Library’s online resources. To make this purchase, non-residents visit the Library’s Circulation Desk to apply for a card and pay the non-resident card fee which is set annually by the Bloomington Public Library Board of Trustees.
Active library cards from any public library in the state of Illinois can be registered into Bloomington Public Library’s computer system. Patrons with cards issued by other libraries who choose to also use Bloomington Public Library can access to Bloomington Public Library’s physical collection but cannot access Bloomington Public Library’s online resources, including databases and eMaterials.
Any person who is transitioning to permanent housing, can apply for a Limited Library Card. To do so, the person would bring to the Library or the Bookmobile their valid photo ID and proof of their current Bloomington mailing address. (Acceptable forms of address verification include a current mailing address listed on a photo ID, a recent bill or piece of postmarked mail, or a letter from a social service or housing agency verifying the temporary mailing address in Bloomington.)
Limited Library Cards are available to persons of all ages, allow the bearer to have three items checked out at one time, provide access to all library services, and may be renewed in 6-month intervals.
If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to 309.828.6091. You are responsible for any items checked out or fees accrued on your card until it has been reported to the Library as lost or stolen. Replacing a Lost library card costs $2. For more information, visit cardholder responsibilities.