Get a Library Card
Great news! While the library is closed, we are still issuing library cards! You can now register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to our eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and research databases. This is an online form to instantly receive a library card, and it does not require an in-person visit with documents until the library reopens. It is for patrons 13 year of age and older. If you already have a library card, but it has expired, please email email@example.com or call and leave a voicemail message at 630-466-4686.
What Do I need to Receive a library card?
Please note: The below information applies for when the library is open. Patrons who receive an online only library card will need to bring in the below documents in person when the library reopens in order to have full library card privileges.
A current library card is required to request or borrow materials, use online library resources, and to log-in to the Library’s public computers. As the Library provides taxpayer supported materials, a verified database of authorized users is necessary for accurate records as well as to meet the requirements of the Library District Act and other state requirements. Patrons must be registered and verified in the database in order to check out materials.
Residents of Sugar Grove Township and Blackberry Township south of Seavey Road, except those areas annexed by North Aurora to the northeast and Aurora to the east may obtain a library card from the Sugar Grove Public Library District (SGPL).
Photo identification and proof of residency are required to obtain a library card. A library card is valid for a three-year period. A lost library card may be replaced for a $1.00 fee.
Applicants for a card must provide at least one of the following forms of identification:
A. Approved Identification Documents
- State issued Driver’s License
- Authorized State Identification
- Matricula Counsular
- FOID Card
- Military Identification Card
- Authorized School Identification Card w/Photo
Applicants for a card must also show at least one of the following documents for residency verification and taxpayer status. The name on the applicants photo ID must match that on the residency document:
B. Approved Residency Documents
- Mortgage or lease document
- Property tax bill
- Utility bill: Gas, Electric, Water or Cable
- Motor vehicle registration
- Motor vehicle insurance policy or identification card
- Checkbook or pay stub
- Voter Registration Card
All registrations must be completed on the Library premises or in the presence of a Library staff member.
Library Cards for minors
- A minor is eligible for a Library card at age 5.
- The parent or legal guardian must be present to sign for the registration of any minor child 5-17 years old.
- The minor must be present to be registered or renewed as a checkpoint for identify verification.
In the instance of a patron with multiple addresses, such as the child of divorced parents, the legally designated primary residence will be used to determine eligibility for a Library card. If the application is approved, the card will be issued with the Sugar Grove Library District address and all the Library correspondence will be sent to this address. In the case of joint custody when all addresses fall within the service area of the District, only one Library card will be issued to the patron at the address of his/her choosing.The name on the residency document must match the name on the photo ID.
Library Cards may be obtained at the Registration Desk during regular library hours.Library Staff may also take Library Card applications during Community or School Events.
Non-Resident Taxpayer Library Cards
Persons owning property within the district but residing outside of the district may obtain a Non-Resident Taxpayer library card by showing a photo ID from the list of acceptable identification documents and providing a copy of their current paid tax bill for the property. Only one person will be designated as a card holder.
Business Library Cards
A business Library card is available to any organizational entity, profit or nonprofit that owns or rents property in the Sugar Grove Library District. The owner, senior representative or manager of the business may apply for a card in person using the Application for a Business Library Card.
Appropriate photo identification from the approved list (A. Approved Identification Documents, shown above) must be shown as well as one item showing:
- Business License
- Letter of Incorporation
- Rental agreement
- Utility bill showing designated business name and address
Only one card will be issued per property owner or renter. These cards are for local use only and do not have reciprocal borrowing or inter-library loan privileges.
The Business Card is valid for one year.