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Library Cards


Library Cards

Whether you're new to Park Ridge or a first-time library user, welcome to the Park Ridge Library! A library card is required to check out materials and to access our online databases from home or work.

Library cards are issued to all Park Ridge residents free of charge. To obtain a library card, please bring proof of residency with your current home address by providing a photo ID. If your photo ID does not have your current address please bring your photo ID with another form of proof from the list below to the Patron Services Desk in the lobby. It takes just a few minutes to obtain a card and is valid for three years.

Acceptable forms of ID may include:

  • Driver’s License
  • Non-driving state identification card
  • Concealed carry license
  • Corporate or school issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Armed forces identification
  • Government issued ID with photo (example: prison issued)
  • Mortgage
  • Rental lease
  • APPLY_ONLINEProperty deed
  • Voter registration card
  • Home or auto insurance policy
  • Credit/debit card with photo
  • Official mail postmarked within 60 days (no junk mail)
  • Current utility bill, or other service provider billing statement within 60 days
  • Bank statement within 60 days
  • Pay stub within 60 days


Nonresident Library Cards

The Park Ridge Public Library is a member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System and accepts cards from over 400 public libraries in the library system.  If you do not live within the system or you are in an area that does not have library service you may be eligible to purchase a nonresident card. As of July 1, 2023, nonresident library cards are $284 per year and provide access to library materials, programs, and online databases. 

For more information please read the Library Card Policy - Nonresidents or call the Patron Services Department at 847-825-3123.


Cards for Students

If you don't live in Park Ridge, but attend school at a private school located in Park Ridge, you can still borrow materials from the Park Ridge Public Library. Click here to learn more.


Loan Periods for Some Materials

Books, including Book Discussion Books 3 weeks
14-Day Books and Most Wanted Books 2 weeks
Books on CD and CDs, including New 3 weeks
DVDs, New DVDs   7 days
Blu Rays, New Blu Rays (Limit of 5 per person) 7 days
Hot DVDs (PRPL cardholders only, Limit of 2 per person)  3 days
Movie Marathon Sets (PRPL cardholders only, Limit of 2 per person)    2 weeks
TV Series DVDs    2 weeks
Magazines   3 weeks
Playaways (Limit of 5 per person)  3 weeks
Video Games (Limit of 5 per person)  2 weeks


For loan periods of materials not listed here, please refer to our Policy Manual.