How can I get a card?

  • Apply online for a temporary account. You can immediately search the SWAN catalog to place up to three holds and access online resources. Then, within 14 days, bring your photo ID and proof of residency to complete the process at any library location.
  • Apply in person. Bring your drivers’ license or state ID, and proof of Oak Park residency, such as a utility bill or recently postmarked mail, to any library location.

Can an Oak Park-based business and non-profit get a card?

  • Yes! Oak Park-based business and non-profit organizations just need to show a lease or tax bill, a photo ID and share information on the person responsible for any fines or lost materials.

How do I log in to my account?

How do I get a card for my child?

You and your child will need to visit the library together. Parents must sign the application form for children and teens under 18 and show proof of Oak Park residency.

Where can I use my card?

Oak Park library cards may be used at most libraries in Illinois. If visiting a library outside Oak Park and the SWAN consortium, ask if they are a state-wide reciprocal borrower. (Bring ID and your Oak Park Public Library card. Registration may be required on your first visit.) Be sure your account is clear of any fines.

Do I need to bring my card to the library? 

Your library card number is needed to check out materials, use the self checkout, and to use a computer. Memorize your number, store it in your smartphone with CardStar, or bring your card, whichever is most convenient.

What if I lose my card?

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.

How do I renew?

All cards issued since March 20, 2012, have no expiration date. Cards issued before March 20, 2012, should renew (in person with a photo ID) one last time when their current card expires.

What if I live outside Oak Park?

Anyone who has a valid Metropolitan Library System card, a Chicago Public Library card, or other Illinois library card may use our resources. Registration may be required on your first visit to the Oak Park Public Library. To receive full Oak Park benefits, patrons may purchase a card for an annual fee of $395.21.