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Get a Library Card

Why You Should Get an Evergreen Park Public Library Card?

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  • Check out materials from the tens of thousands of items in the Evergreen Park Library collection, including books, magazines, music CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, and more!
  • Download free ebooks and audiobooks to your digital device through Media on Demand
  • Request any of the 7 million items listed in the SWAN online catalog, and it will be delivered, free, to any library in our system that you select for pick-up.
  • Use the Internet, Microsoft Office applications, and Ancestry.com from library computers and laptops.
  • Use online research sites from your home, school, or office, including The Chicago Tribune, Consumer Reports, Explora, and HeritageQuest. This is specialized information available only by subscription and free to Evergreen Park Library cardholders.

Get A Library Card (residents)

Library cards are issued to all Evergreen Park residents without charge upon:

  1. Providing proof of residency with a current government-issued photo ID that shows photo, name, and Evergreen Park address
  2. Completing and signing an application.

If the government-issued ID is not available, the following current (6 months or less) proof of residency forms may be used but MUST be accompanied by a photo ID labeled with the patron’s name:

  • Utility bill (gas, electric, water, telephone , or cell phone)
  • Motor vehicle registration card
  • Property transfer certificate or lease or mortgage statement
  • Class schedule
  • Public Aid or medical aid ID card
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Paycheck stub

There is no minimum age to apply for a card, but a parent or legal guardian must present proof of Evergreen Park residency and sign the application in person for a child under age 18. Library cards are valid for three years and can be renewed at no charge.

Lost or Stolen Cards

For the owner’s protection, lost or stolen library cards should be reported to the library staff immediately. The owner is responsible for all materials checked out on the card until the library is notified. There is no charge to replace a lost or stolen library card.

Educator Library Cards

What is an Educator card?

Thie Educator card is offered exclusively to educators who reside outside the library's service area and are currently employed bya  local education enity in Evergreen Park. The card  allows cardholders to supplement their curriculum with an abundant, ever-changing supply of books on a range of subjects and reading levels.

NOTE:  The educational entity must have a board-approved and signed intergovernmental agreement with Evergreen Park Public Library to qualify for educator library cards. Currently Evergreen Park Community High School District 231, Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124, and Most Holy Redeemer School have intergovernmental agreements with Evergreen Park Public Library.

To apply for an educator library card:

  • Complete a library card application form at the library.
  • Present a current school ID and a current ID verifying home address.

What you get with your educator library card:

  • The card allows the holder to borrow materials from the Evergreen Park Public Library collection for a six-week loan period. This privilege does not extend to materials acquired from other libraries, however.
  • The cardholder can access materials through the SWAN catalog as well as the library’s catalog of digital materials and online subscription services.

Fine print:

  • Each educator library card issued is limited to the exclusive use of the individual whose name appears on the card.
  • The cardholder is responsible for all fines and fees for overdue, damaged, or lost materials checked out with the educator library card.
  • Educator library cards expire at the end of the current school year, and may be renewed at the beginning of each school year if there are no delinquencies and the educator remains employed by the local educational entity.

 

Business Library Cards

  • Individuals residing outside of Evergreen Park who own taxable property as an individual, partner, principal stockholder, or other joint owner within the Village of Evergreen Park may be issued one non-resident library card without payment of a non-resident fee.
  • The Senior Administrative Officer of a firm, business, or other corporation owning taxable property in Evergreen Park may be issued one non-resident card without payment of the non-resident fee.
  • An officer of the business must present the most recent tax bill upon the taxable property. Use is limited to the individual whose name appears on the card. A business card is valid for one year, and can be renewed.

Reciprocal Borrowers (non-residents)

If you have a library card from one of the SWAN libraries, you can use that card here.

  • Chicago Public Library patrons can check out books using their Chicago library card. Chicago patrons must bring in their valid Chicago card to be entered into our system. We will confirm that your account is in good standing with Chicago Public Library. 
  • Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) libraries or the Illinois Heartland Library System (ILHS) libraries are also accepted here.

Chicago Public Library patrons may check out most library items from Evergreen Park Public Library and other public libraries within SWAN. However, Chicago residents may not request materials from other libraries through interlibrary loan, reserve or renew materials online, or access computers in the library without a charge.