Library Cards & Borrowing

Your library card is the key to the resources of the Library.

Our online catalog has more to offer than just information on library holdings. Using your personal identification number (PIN), you can log in to My Account and view information about your checkouts, holds, and fines.

Get a Library Card

To obtain a Villa Park Public Library card, you will need to bring the following to the Library:

  • Two forms of identification with your Villa Park address (one of which includes a photograph).
  • An application form (English or Spanish) which must be signed at the Library’s circulation desk.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you will also need a parent to sign the form at the Library’s circulation desk.
  • For Oakbrook Terrace residents, a certificate of residence from the City of Oakbrook Terrace (available at the City Clerk’s office).
  • Under Illinois law, other non-residents must pay a fee for a library card.

Read the Public Information, Services, and Networks Policy!

If you lose your card or need to replace it, the fee is $2.

What is my PIN?

Everyone who has a library card registered at Villa Park Public Library has a user record with confidential information about the user’s circulation activity. Each user record also contains a personal identification number (PIN) to ensure your library activity is confidential. On May 1, 2018, we migrated to the SWAN Library Consortium. SWAN suggests a PIN number with a minimum of 4 numbers, but 6 numbers is preferred. If you need assistance with your PIN number, please visit the library in person, or call (630) 834-1164.

Mobile Notifications

Sign up to receive library alerts via text message. You’ll receive alerts when materials are about to come due and when material you placed on hold becomes available. You can renew materials right from your smartphone. This feature can be enabled through the Personal Information tab of My Account.

For Residents of Villa Park:

Library cards are issued at no extra charge to Villa Park residents for a three-year period. All applicants will be asked to prove that their residence is within the legal boundaries of the Village of Villa Park by showing two forms of identification bearing their current address and a photo ID. Applicants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their application. Borrowers are responsible for all materials charged on their card.

If the applicant has only one ID with their current Villa Park address on it, then library staff will be able to issue the library card, however, the library card will be mailed directly to the applicant’s home within a few days to ensure the address provided has been verified and falls within the legal boundaries of the Village of Villa Park.

Family Fee Cards for residents of Unincorporated Areas:

For residents of unincorporated areas (such as Brandywine) library cards may be purchased on an annual basis. Credit cards are accepted for payment.  Please ask at the Circulation desk for the current fee (the fee is a formula based on their property tax rates). Family Fee Cards entitle the holder to full use of the Library. Family Fee Cards are issued to family members living at the same address; each family member may request his or her own card.  This card is good for one year and the applicant has to reapply once the library card has expired.

City of Oakbrook Terrace Residents:

The City of Oakbrook Terrace has an agreement with the Villa Park Public Library to provide the City’s residents with library services.  Effective May 1, 2017, in order to obtain a Villa Park Library Card, residents will be charged $42 per multi-family household (i.e. apartments such as Versailles and Regency Place) or $51 per single-family household (including condominiums, i.e. Arbor 40 and Spring Club, and townhomes i.e. Berkshire and Oliviabrook).  The Oakbrook Terrace City Council passed an ordinance to charge residents a 20 percent annual user fee based on the fee charged to the City by the Public Library.  The library card provides full access to all of the library’s resources.  Applications for Villa Park Library Cards are available at Oakbrook Terrace City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at the Police Department when City Hall is closed.  Once applicants pay for and receive their receipt from the City of Oakbrook Terrace, they then come to the Villa Park Public Library to apply for and receive their card.  Here is a link to the City of Oakbrook Terrace website library card page.

For more information regarding the library card program in the City of Oakbrook Terrace, please phone 630-941-8300 Ext. 201.

 Your Responsibility For Library Materials

If you keep materials overdue, you are charged a daily fine. The first overdue notice is sent when the material is 10 days overdue. A telephone reminder call is made a week later. A statement of fines and fees is sent when material is about four weeks overdue. Fines accumulate until the date of billing. Postage costs incurred to send overdue notices are added to the fines.

If there is no satisfactory response to the statement within 14 days, the account is referred to a collection agency and an additional collection fee is charged.

If you lose library material, you will be expected to pay the cost of the material and fines.  If the item is an Interlibrary Loan, you will be charged the cost of the item and processing fee as determined by the owning library.  Payment of fines and fees may be charged to your Visa or MasterCard.

Requesting and Reserving Books

Villa Park Library card holders may call Public Services at (630) 834-1164 to ask if  materials can be held at the service desk, to reserve materials which are not on the shelves, to request an interlibrary loan, or to request the acquisition of materials not held by the library.

Card holders with PINs may also reserve materials themselves on the library’s catalog in the library or via the Internet.

Reciprocal Borrowing and Interlibrary Loan

Villa Park residents’ library cards may be used at most other public libraries in Illinois.

All card holders may request books or copies of periodical articles not owned by the library via the interlibrary loan program.  Most interlibrary loans are free, but a small fee may be charged for photocopies or for books which must be borrowed from an out-of-state library.  To request an interlibrary loan, see this tutorial, contact the library at (630) 834-1164.