Get a Library Card

How do I apply for a library card?

  1. View our Library District boundary map or check your McHenry County tax bill (or Lake County) to make sure you are in the Library District before proceeding.
  2. You may apply for a library card through our online catalog (click the top link “… register now”). Your card will be ready to pick up at the Service Center within 3 business days (don’t forget to bring your ID, see step 4).
  3. You may also apply at the Service Center during normal business hours.
  4. You’ll need to bring in one picture ID with your current name and address, or two other forms of ID with your current name and address (voter ID, mortgage or rental papers, and utility bills). Parents or legal guardians must apply for any minors under 18.

Questions? Give us a call at 847.639.4210 or contact us. Cardholders age 65+ are eligible to be fine exempt.


What if I just need a replacement card?

Replacement cards cost $3 and are available at the Service Center during normal business hours.