Every Oak Park resident, educator, and business owner can get an Oak Park Public Library card.

  • Applying as a resident age 18 years or older? Bring in a current photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, state ID, passport) and proof of Oak Park residency, such as a utility bill or recently postmarked mail, to any library location.
  • Applying as an Oak Park high school student? Download, print and fill out this PDF, have it signed by a parent/guardian, and bring it to any library location.
  • Applying on behalf of a child? Visit the library together. The parent/guardian must show proof of Oak Park residency, such as a utility bill or recently postmarked mail, and sign the application for anyone under 18.
  • Applying as an Oak Park educator? All Oak Park teachers, teaching assistants, and school staff can bring in their Oak Park school employment IDs. Returning teachers can renew by phone. Call us at 708.383.8200. All educator cards have a one-year expiration date.
  • Applying for an Oak Park business or nonprofit organization? Stop by with your lease or a tax bill, a photo ID, and full contact information for the person responsible for any fines or lost materials. All business cards have a one-year expiration date.

Not an Oak Park resident?

You are welcome to use many library services, and may have reciprocal borrowing privileges through your home library. View a list of public libraries that participate, and contact us to learn more. You may also purchase a card for an annual fee of $445.09 and receive full benefits.

More about using your card and account

  • Get details on returns, limits, and fines for Oak Park Public Library materials.
  • Find catalog help.
  • Put the library in your pocket.
  • Put your card on your phone: iTunesAndroid, and BlackBerry.
  • Know your four-digit PIN, usually the last four digits of each account's primary phone number. Need help? Contact us now.
  • Use your valid Chicago Public Library card or another Illinois library card here. Registration may be required on your first visit.
  • Use your Oak Park Public Library card anywhere in the SWAN consortium. Bring your ID and your Oak Park Public Library card. Also, many libraries require cards to be free of fines before registering you as a new user.
  • Renew your card issued before March 20, 2012 at the library with your photo ID and proof of address.
  • Report your lost or stolen card immediately. We mark it as lost, which protects you if it is misused. Replace your card for $1.