Any Oak Park resident of any age can get a free Oak Park Public Library card and online account.

Working with you, the library provides opportunities for lifelong learning, creates spaces to connect and engage, and fosters a love of reading and a commitment to literacy. We’re thrilled to have you join us, and are eager to share details to help you get the most out of your library experiences. Learn more about us.

Get your library card and online account

  • Apply in person. Bring your driver's license or state ID, and proof of Oak Park residency, such as a utility bill or recently postmarked mail, to any library location.
  • Get your child a card. Visit the library together. Parents/guardians need to sign the application for anyone under 18 and show proof of Oak Park residency.
  • Get your Oak Park-based business and nonprofit organization a card. Oak Park-based businesses and nonprofit organizations can show a lease or a tax bill, plus a photo ID and contact information for the person responsible for any fines or lost materials.
  • I'm not an Oak Park resident. Can I get a card? To receive full Oak Park benefits, you may purchase a card for an annual fee of $453.04. Contact us now.

Access your library anytime, from anywhere 

  • Visit, then click the "My Account" button at the top right.
  • To log in, enter your library card number (the 14-digit number under the card's bar code) and your PIN (usually the last four digits of the phone number on your account).
  • Put your library card on your smartphone with CardStar and get more library apps.
  • Learn more about using the catalog and returns, limits, and fines.

More about your card and account

  • To check out materials and to use checkout stations, public computers, and printers, you need your library card number and PIN.
  • Oak Park Public Library cards may be used at most libraries in Illinois (if the library is a statewide reciprocal borrower). If visiting a library outside the SWAN consortium, bring your ID and your Oak Park Public Library card. Many libraries require cards to be free of fines before registering a new user.
  • Anyone who has a valid Chicago Public Library card or other Illinois library card may use Oak Park Public Library resources. Registration may be required on your first visit.
  • All cards issued since March 20, 2012, have no expiration date. Cards issued before March 20, 2012, should be renewed (in person with a photo ID) one last time when the card expires.
  • Please report a lost card immediately. We will mark it as lost, which protects you if it is misused. You may get a replacement card for $1.