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Ages for Library Cards

Children: birth through age 11
Teens: ages 12 – 16
Adults: ages 17 and older


A parent or legal guardian's signature is required for anyone under the age of 17 to obtain a library card. The child and the parent must both be present. By signing the registration form, parents/guardians acknowledge responsibility for the 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 card without parental consent.

City of Bloomington and Golden Prairie Public Library District Residents

Library cards are available to all residents of the City of Bloomington and the Golden Prairie Public Library District (Arrowsmith, Bloomington, Dale, Dawson and Old Town Townships). Any resident 17 years of age and older may receive an adult library card upon completion of an application and provision of a valid photo ID and proof of current address. Acceptable forms of identification include valid Illinois driver's license or other government-issued photo ID with current address, a recent utility bill, signed lease agreement, personalized check, or recent mail with postmark.

The 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 accumulated fines or charges.

Those transitioning to permanent housing

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 3 items checked out at one time, provide access to all library services except interlibrary loan, and may be renewed in 6-month intervals


Any resident of a public library district in the state of Illinois may register their card and use it at the Bloomington Public Library. Active library cards from Normal Public Library, as well as cards from many other Illinois’ public libraries, can be registered and entered into Bloomington Public Library’s computer system.

Non-residents who live close to Bloomington, but in an area where no library exists, may purchase a non-resident library card which allows full borrowing privileges and access to Bloomington Public Library’s online resources. To make this purchase, non-residents would complete the steps above and pay the annual non-resident fee set by the Bloomington Public Library Board of Trustees each year.

If a customer wishes to retain borrowing privileges at Bloomington Public Library after moving from a Bloomington address to an out-of-area address, the customer would be required to either pay the out-of-area fee (provided that there is no library in the area they’re living) or register a local library card from a public library which has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Bloomington Public Library.

Renewal of Library Cards

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 to renew your card.

Lost or Stolen Cards

If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to the Circulation Department at 309-828-6092. You are responsible for any items checked out or fines accrued on your card until it has been reported to the Library as lost or stolen.