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Get A Library Card

Illustrated map with pin and question mark Welcome! If you live within the Chatham Area Public Library District, you are eligible for a library card.

To get a Chatham Area Public Library card, follow these steps to confirm your residency:

  1. Check if you live within our Library District boundaries by clicking here. You will be directed to the Sangamon County Clerk's website.
  2. Enter your address to see if the Chatham Area Public Library District is listed as your library. Your tax bill ultimately determines your residency within our Library District.

If you have any questions, please call us at 217-483-2713 or contact the Sangamon County Clerk at 217-753-8683.

The Chatham Area Public Library District is tax-supported, meaning residents or property owners within the district boundaries can obtain a library card.

Sign Up for a new card

Step 1: Complete the online form.Image of a Chatham Area Public Library Card

Step 2: If approved through our online verification, you will receive an email with your new Library card number so you can begin enjoying all the resources Chatham Area Public Library offers right away!  

If we are unable to approve you online, you’ll receive an email with instructions to bring in your valid ID with current address. Staff will be able to verify and make your card. 

Step 3: (optional) Bring the necessary ID (see below) to the Front Desk when picking up your new physical card.

Step 4: Enjoy your new Chatham Area Library card!

Renew your library card

If your library card is due for renewal, we have a convenient process in place:

  1. Automatic Renewal: If you have not made any changes to your information in the last three years and your card is not a minor card, your library card will be automatically renewed.

  2. Manual Renewal: If changes have been made to your information or if your card is a minor card, please:

    • Visit the library in person with your ID and proof of address.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us. We're here to help!

When picking up your new library card

If you have a valid Illinois driver’s license or state ID with your current address, that is the only form of identification you need to apply for a library card. If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID with your current address, you’ll need to bring in one of the following items along with a photo ID:

  • Utility bill
  • Closing papers or rental agreement
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement

These must be dated and must show your name and current address.

If you are 17 years old or under, you will need a parent or legal guardian to register for a card.

Cardholders from other libraries (Reciprocal Borrowing)

You can use cards from other Illinois public libraries at Chatham Area Public Library. By registering your home library card you will be able to check out most Chatham Area Public Library items. Please note: Some items and services are limited to Chatham Area Public Library cardholders.

To register your card:

  • Bring your valid home library card and current identification to the Front Desk.
  • Staff will verify that you are in good standing with your home library.
  • Your expiration date is set by your home library.