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While the library is closed during COVID-19 Pandemic, please apply for a temporary virtual card that will give you full access to online resources until July 4, 2020. Find out more here. 


Any Forest Park resident 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.

How can I get a card?

Apply in person. Bring your current driver’s license or state ID. If your ID does not list a Forest Park address, please bring another form of proof of Forest Park residency to the Patron Services Desk. We accept documents such as a mortgage, a lease, printed bank checks, bank statements, voter registration card, or a current utility bill. We will also accept your bank statement, utility bill or mortgage or lease digitally on your phone. If you have questions, please call 708-366-7171.

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. Requests must be accompanied by a document showing proof of responsibility or ownership such as a tax bill, lease agreement, or utility bill reflecting the name of the business and a photo ID.

How do I log in to my account?

To log in, you need your library card number and your personal identification number (PIN).
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How do I get a card for my child or teen?

You and your child or teen will need to visit the library together. Parents must sign the application form for young people under the age of 18 and show proof of Forest Park residency. 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.) Be sure your account is clear of any fines.

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?

Please report a lost card immediately. It will be marked as lost, which protects you if it is misused. There is no replacement 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.

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 Patron Services Desk.