Dolton Public Library District

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Library Cards

How to obtain a Dolton Public Library Card

Who can obtain a card

Any person providing proper identification, which includes proof of residency in the Village of Dolton, is eligible to obtain a Dolton Library Card.  Cards will NOT be issued to patrons who are known to have overdue obligations (unpaid fines or overdue, lost, or damaged materials) at any library in Illinois.  Note:  Applications for library cards will only be processed up to thirty (30) minutes prior to closing time.

How to obtain a card

Village of Dolton Resident must fill out a library card application and provide two (2) forms of identification, one from Group A and one from Group B. (Please note, the name and address on both forms of identification must be the same and current address must be stated on each item below):

Group A - To establish ID

  • Illinois Drivers License
  • Illinois State ID
  • Traffic Ticket (must be less than 30 days old)
Group B - To Verify Residency
  • Automobile Registration (must be current)
  • Credit Card Bill (must be within the last 30 days)
  • Government Mailing (must be within last 30 days)
  • Insurance Bill (must be within last 30 days, auto, home, medical, etc.)
  • Lease/Mortgage Documentation (must be current)
  • Medicare/Medicaid Card (must be current)
  • Pay Stub (must be within last 30 days and show address)
  • Postmarked Magazine (must be within last 30 days)
  • Property Tax Bill (must be current year)
  • Utility Bill (must be within last 30 days)
  • Voters Registration Card (must be current)

Children Under 18:
Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with valid identification.  The parent or legal guardian and child if possible must sign the application.

Renewing a card:
Card's must be replaced every 3 years with two forms of ID.

Replacing a card:
There is a $5 charge to replace a library card and the two ID's must be provided to obtain a new card.

What if I already have a Chicago Public Library Card?
If you already have a Chicago Public Library Card, you are eligible for a (RAILS) Reciprocal Borrower Card.  There is no fee and the card expires one (1) year from the date issued.  In order to receive a Reciprocal Borrower Card:

  • You must present a current Chicago Public Library Card and it must be in good standing
  • You will be asked to provide two (2) forms of identification, one from Group A and one from Group B (see above)
  • You must then fill out the appropriate paperwork (see above)

Non-residents who own property in Dolton...

and pay real estate taxes are eligible for a library card.  There may be only one non-resident card issued for each parcel of taxable property.  The card will be in the name of an individual, and will be valid for one (1) year.  A current tax bill receipt will serve as proof of eligibility.

For whom this is their closest library, is eligible for a non-resident card, upon paying an amount of money equal to the following formula:

Tax levy amount  ÷  Population  x  Average size household

The current non-resident card fee is $118.00.  The card will be a family card, and will be valid for one (1) year.