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To Get a Library Card  |  Online Registration  |  Children’s Cards  |   Non-Residents  |  Non-Resident Property Owners  |  Businesses and Agencies   |   Reciprocal Borrowers   |  Responsibilities

If you live within Urbana’s City limits, you can get a free library card and along with it access to the library’s amazing collection of books, movies, music, eBooks, magazines, audiobooks, and more.  Library cards for residents are valid for three years and include remote access to research databases, eBooks, and online magazines. Cardholders also may use their UFL card to borrow items from the Champaign Public Library.

To Get a Library Card

  • Come to Circulation Services with an officially printed, unexpired photo ID and proof of your current Urbana residence—such as a bill postmarked in the last 30 days.
  • Register for your library card from home—how convenient!
  • If you forget your proof of address, we can mail your library card to you.

Click these links to see all of our library card requirements: English and Spanish.

Online Registration

For your convenience, you can start your library card application online to make your registration even faster! Choose how you want to receive library notices (email and text are fastest), and whether or not you want to receive eReceipts for checkouts and renewals. Complete your registration by bringing your photo ID and proof of Urbana address to Circulation Services, and you’ll be on your way.

Children’s Cards

Children of any age can apply for a library card, but a parent or guardian must present his or her own photo ID and verification of address and co-sign the card of any child through grade five. Children in grades six through eight can get a middle-school card with reduced checkout limits, but no parent or guardian signature is necessary.

Non-Residents

If you live in the Urbana School District but outside the City limits, it means you do not pay the tax that supports the library. You are eligible to get a non-resident library card, but you must pay a tax-substitute fee. This fee, calculated by the yearly amount of library tax your property would owe if it were within the City limits, allows all members of your household to receive their own library cards. For more information about non-resident cards and fees, call Circulation Services at 217-367-4057.

Non-resident library cards have the same borrowing privileges as resident cards and can be issued for one year or four months.

Non-Resident Property Owners

If you do not live in Urbana but own property within the City limits, you also are eligible for a free library card. One card may be issued per parcel of property to the person whose name appears on the current tax bill. Please bring this tax bill with you when you apply for your library card.

Non-resident property owner cards are issued for three years and carry all the privileges of resident cards.

Businesses and Agencies

A business or agency that occupies property within the City limits of Urbana is eligible for a free library card as well. These cards carry all the privileges of resident cards, including remote access to our research databases. Now your employees and you can log in without ever leaving your desks! To apply for a business/agency card, print a copy of our guidelines for Library Cards for Businesses and Agencies or call the Director of Circulation Services at 217-367-4057.

Library cards issued to Urbana businesses and agencies are valid for three years.

Reciprocal Borrowers

If you live in Illinois and have a valid card at your home library, you can register as a reciprocal borrower at The Urbana Free Library. Just bring your current library card and a photo ID to Circulation Services. Please apply when your home library is open so we can call your library to complete your registration.

Reciprocal cards are valid for either one year, or until your home library card expires, whichever is shorter.

Responsibilities

  • You must apply for, carry, and use your own library card.
  • You are responsible for all use of your card.
  • If you lose your library card, please contact Circulation Services immediately at 217-367-4057.

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