Library Cards + Borrowing
How do I apply for a library card?
To apply for a library card, please inquire at the Circulation Desk. Keep in mind, library cards stop being made 15 minutes before closing time. Please bring the following 2 documents:
- Current Photo ID (need not show address, must include current name, copies are not accepted)
- Official First Class postmarked mail from a business (handwritten mail is not acceptable) or a utility bill or another federal, state, county or municipal document dated within the last 60 days and show current name & address
Note: For children under 18, no documentation is required for the child, only the documentation for the parent/legal guardian.
Please look at our policy for more details:Library Card Policy
How may I renew my library card?
To renew your library card, please bring the expired card and the above-mentioned two forms of identification. If you have lost your card, there is a replacement fee, with a discount for seniors.
What should I do if my library card is lost or stolen?
If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it immediately to the Cicero Public Library. You are responsible for any materials checked out on your card until it is reported lost or stolen.
What may I check out with my card and how long may I keep the items?
You may check out a maximum of 200 items but the maximum number of DVDs and console games combined is 20. All materials check out for 3 weeks. The fine for overdue materials is 15¢ per day per item.
How do I get something from another library?
The SWAN catalog lists materials located in libraries throughout most of suburban Cook County. If you have a SWAN account you can search for and place holds directly from our website. If you need something that isn’t included in SWAN, our Reference Librarians will be happy to assist you. For more information, you can read our Interlibrary Loan page.