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Any Forest Park resident is eligible for a free library card. A parent or guardian must apply for a card for those under 18 years old. Get instant access to a digital library card here. 

How can I get a card?

Forest Park community members can apply in person or online. You will be asked to provide your contact information including your Forest Park address and email address. Your email address will be used to send out information about your card like hold notifications and other essential Library card information. 

If you visit the library in person to get a card, you will need to bring your photo ID with your current Forest Park address. If your ID does not have your current address, you can bring your ID along with another proof of residency such as a bank statement, utility bill, lease, or mortgage.

Can a Forest Park-based business or non-profit get a card?

Any business owner who owns or leases property for their business may apply for a Forest Park Public Library card. The card will be issued to the owner or principal officer of the business/organization who has the authority to assume financial responsibility for assessed fees or fines. 

How do I log in to my account?

To log in, you need your library card number and your personal identification number (PIN). The PIN will be the last 4-digits of your phone number unless you designate it as something else. 

More about PINs.

Log in here

How do I get a card for my child or teen?

Parents must apply for a card online or in person for young people under the age of 18. We offer a card designed for kids (ages 0-11) as well as a teen card (ages 12-17).

Where can I use my card?

Forest Park library cards may be used at most libraries in Illinois. When visiting a library outside Forest Park and the SWAN consortium, ask if they are a state-wide reciprocal borrower. (Bring ID and your Forest Park Public Library card as registration may be required on your first visit.) 

Do I need to bring my card to the library?

Yes. Your Library card is needed to check out materials, use the self checkout, and to use a computer.

What if I lose my card?

To protect from your card being misused, please report a lost card immediately. We can replace it for no fee. 

How do I renew?

Cards are valid for three years. Bring an ID and, if your address has changed, proof of Forest Park residency to renew your card. Outstanding fees/bills need to be paid prior to renewing.

Can I link my card with a family member or friend?

While we can’t fully “link” library accounts together to be used as one account, patrons can manager their family’s cards through their Library account online. This gives the managing person the ability to see all the checkouts, holds and bills for each linked card in one place.

Patrons can also have another person “authorized” for holds pick up. This means that the person who is picking up the materials can show their own ID or Library card to verify their name against the name in a patron’s record who has the items on hold. Registered parents and guardians do not need to be authorized to pick up materials for a child if they are listed as the adult responsible for the card, or if they have the library card in hand.

What if I live outside Forest Park?

Anyone who has a valid Chicago Public Library card or other Illinois library card may use most of our resources. Registration may be required on your first visit to the Forest Park Public Library. For more information, stop by the Info Desk.

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