The smartest card. Get it! Use it!
A library card is all you need to borrow loads of free books, DVDs, CDs, and lots more. Free cards are available to anyone who lives in or owns property in Champaign. Even kids can have cards; they’re a great way to spark a love of reading.
To get a card
Stop in and we’ll make a card for you right away. If you live in the City of Champaign, get a head start with online self-registration. Save the confirmation number and pick up your card within 15 days. A parent/guardian needs to come with any minor (under age 18) getting a card.
To get a card, show us:
- A photo ID such as a driver’s license
- Proof of your current Champaign address, such as a recent (within the last 3 months) bank statement, bill, apartment lease, or paycheck stub.
Use your card at most local libraries.
You can use your Champaign Public Library card at all public libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System. This includes nearby libraries in Urbana, Mahomet, Tolono, Danville, St. Joseph, and Rantoul.
To use the University of Illinois libraries, you need to get a courtesy borrowing card there (available to anyone who lives in Illinois).
We encourage families to get library cards for their kids — even babies!
Learn how to get a card for your business or organization.
If you live outside the Champaign city limits in an area that isn’t served by another local public library, you can purchase a non-resident card.