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Getting a Library Card
Any resident of Forest Park who is at least five years old is eligible for a free library card. Those under 18 years of age must apply for a card with a parent or legal guardian present. We also honor cards from other Metropolitan Library System member libraries, including the Chicago Public Library, although some restrictions do apply.
To apply for a card, bring the following required documents to the library:
One Photo ID
- Driver’s License or State ID card
- School ID
One Proof of Residency
- Mortgage or pre-printed Lease
- Utility Bill (e.g.: phone including cellular, electric, gas, water)
- Check Book or Bank Statement
- Voter’s Registration Card
- Credit Card Statement
Begin Your Application Online
Residents of Forest Park who do not currently have a Forest Park library card are eligible to apply online.
You will receive a temporary library card number that expires in 14 days. Use the temporary card number to place holds (limit 3) on books and movies and access online resources. Bring the required documents listed above to the library within 14 days to complete the registration process and receive a permanent library card number. Permanent library cards are valid for a period of two years and are renewable.
Take good care of your library card; it is a credit card worth thousands of books, magazines, CDs, audio cassettes, videos and toys for your enlightenment and enjoyment. Should your card get lost or stolen, report it to the library immediately. You are responsible for items checked out on your card until you notify the library that the card is lost or stolen.