Can I get a library card if I don’t live in Chicago?

If you are an Illinois resident who lives in a community with a reciprocal library, you are eligible for a Chicago Public Library card.

Please visit any CPL location to fill out an application. You’ll need to show a current, valid ID with your name and address, as well as your current library card from your home library. After verification from your home library, we will issue a Chicago Public Library card.