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Residents of Incorporated Elmhurst:

Elmhurst residents need to present two forms of identification that include your name and current address. (One should be a picture ID).

Apply Online (Temporary Online Access Card)

Residents of Incorporated Elmhurst:

Elmhurst residents can sign up for a digital-only account. This account is temporary. To enjoy full library privileges and continue online access, please come into the Library to complete the registration process within a month. You will need to bring proof of residency at the point of pickup.

Acceptable Documents to Verify Residency are:

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Photo ID to Establish Identity

One ID from this column*


Document with Current Elmhurst Home Address (no PO Box) to Establish Residency

One (or two*) current ID from this column

  • Drivers License
  • State ID
  • School ID
  • Utility Bill (Must be issued within the last 2 months)
  • Property Tax Bill
  • Lease
  • Insurance Card (Must have preprinted address)
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Pay Stub (Must be issued within the last 2 months)
  • School Documentation
  • City Vehicle Sticker Application
  • Bank Statement (Issued within the last 2 months)
*If this ID does not show current address, TWO items from the second column are required.

Residents of Incorporated Elmhurst under 14 years of age:

  • May use identification with the family name and address (see above)
  • Must also have a signature of a parent who has an Elmhurst library card in good standing on their library card application

Residents of Unincorporated Elmhurst:

  • Residents of unincorporated Elmhurst and those living in areas served by School District 205 may purchase a library card. District 205 students living in unincorporated areas may qualify for a fee waiver. Please call the library circulation department for details at 630-279-8696.

Unincorporated District 205 Students with Income Eligibility

  • District 205 students who live in unincorporated Elmhurst or in surrounding unincorporated areas who participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price School Meal Program may apply for a card free of charge:

Cards for Kids Application Form

  • Complete the form and print or save it as a pdf. Obtain a signature from a school official. Return the signed form to the circulation desk or by e-mail to circulation@elmlib.org. Scanning and printing are available at the Library. Questions? Call (630) 279-8696.

Owners of Elmhurst Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations:

  • An authorized agent of the business must submit the request for a card on business letterhead, and supply a copy of their lease or property tax bill. Read more about Business Library Cards.

Employees of Elmhurst Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations:

  • If you work in Elmhurst, bring your home library card and your official employer photo ID or payroll stub to the circulation desk and ask for your “Elmhurst Work Perks.” Read more about Work Perks.

Elmhurst University Students:





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