How to obtain a Dolton Public Library Card

Dolton Public Library Cards are free to the residents of the Village of Dolton; however, if you lose your card before it expires you must prove your identification/residence and (PAY $5.00 TO REPLACE YOUR CARD)


The following instructions will explain how to apply for your Dolton Library Card.

You will be asked to provide the following information:

Please note that items that are used from Group A and Group B MUST have your name (first, last, maiden name, married name, and/or hyphenated name) match exactly for both sections.  All items used MUST also have your same Dolton address on them

Group A – To establish ID (1 of these)

  • Illinois Drivers License
  • Illinois State ID

Group B – To Verify Residency (2 of these)

  • Recent utility bill (within 30 days)
  • Credit card statements (within 30 days)
  • Employment pay stub with address (within 30 days)
  • Insurance invoice, car payment invoice, signed apartment lease/mortgage agreement (within 30 days)
  • Bank statements (within 30 days)
  • College transcripts/documents with address (within 30 days)

Please be aware that all information provided to the library is kept confidential.

Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent showing identification. Parents must electronically sign accepting responsibility for material that is checked out.  The child should also sign the card.

Children under the age of 18 cannot check out audio visual materials (i.e. CDs, DVDs, etc.)

Please note that no print outs of IDs, or other supplemental verification of information is accepted. Originals Only!   

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.

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