If you live outside the Champaign city limits you are eligible to purchase a non-resident card if:
How non-resident cards work
A non-resident card costs the same if you live outside Champaign as it would if you lived in Champaign. The difference is that non-residents pay the fee directly to the library so that everyone who uses the library contributes their fair share. We’ll help you figure the cost of your card.
Get a head start with online self-registration and save the confirmation number. Come in to the library within 30 days to pay for and pickup your card. When you come in, show us:
If you live outside Champaign but own property in Champaign, there is no charge for a library card. You’ve already paid library taxes through your Champaign property tax bill. When you visit us to get a card, just bring along the most recent tax bill or we're happy to look it up for you on the County Clerk's website.
If you live in the Champaign School District but outside the City of Champaign, you can get a non-resident card from the Champaign Public Library. (If you live in another school district, get a non-resident card at the public library in that district. You‘ll still be able to use that card at our library.)
To get your card, bring along:
The cost of your card will be the assessed value of your property multiplied by .004222 (that‘s 42.22 cents per $100 value). The assessed value is about one-third the fair market value of your property. This is exactly the same calculation used to determine library taxes for Champaign homeowners.
For example, if the assessed value of your home were $40,000 (for a home with a market value of about $120,000), the cost of your card would be
.004222 x $40,000 = $168.80
New homeowners, see Special Circumstances below.
If you lease or rent your home in the Champaign School District but outside the City of Champaign, you can get a non-resident card from the Champaign Public Library. For renters, beginning July 1, 2014, as recommended by the Illinois State Library Administrative Code, the cost will be 15% of the current rent amount.
When you apply for your card, bring along:
To determine your annual non-resident fee your rent is multiplied by 15%.
For example, if your rent were $800 per month, your cost would be:
$800 × .15 = $120
The cost of a non-resident card is determined by the Illinois State Library in these situations:
For 2016–2017, that cost is $182 per year.