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Located in Chatham, Illinois
Chatham Area Public Library
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Resident Cards

We offer a couple of card options for folks living in the Chatham Area Public Library District. All you need to do is stop by the Library's Circulation Desk and:

1) Complete a Library Card application

2) Provide proof of residency with a valid driver’s license or state issued identification card (ID). If your driver’s license or state ID do not reflect your current address, just bring in an ID and one of the following pieces of information to show proof of residency:

Current Utility Bill 
Voter Registration Card
Property Tax Bill
Lease
Any other piece of documentation deemed acceptable by the Library Director or designated staff 

We invite you to take a look at the description of each card type below to see which best suits your needs.

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Children's Card

  • A person under the age of 16 may obtain a Library Card. We require that their parent or legal guardian sign the card application and accept financial responsibility for any fees or charges associated with the account
  • The parent or legal guardian who can verify with approved identification that they reside at the same address is accepted as proof of residency for the child.
  • A child who has a library card may access all available library materials, including books, movies and other materials.
  • A child aged 12 through 15 may be given permission to use the Library's Internet-accessible computers by the parent or legal guardian during the card application process.
  • A child has the same rights to privacy and confidentiality as any other patron.
  • The parent or guardian who has signed the application has the right to restrict use of the library by withdrawing the child's personal library card at any time.
  • A Children's Card is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

Once you have your card, the account can be managed online. This allows you to be able to request and renew items at your own convenience.

Family Card

  • A Family Card allows members of a household to have one library account with multiple cards.
  • Each card is connected to the same account and barcode. 
  • The parent or legal guardian who signs the application for a Family Card is the primary cardholder and is responsible for any fees or charges to the account.
  • One adult may be on the account and the remaining family members must be under 18 years of age.
  • A Family Card is valid for 3 years from the date of issue.
  • A Family Card can be renewed by presenting the card(s) at the Circulation Desk with one current proof of identification.
  • Children between 12-15 years of age may be given permission to use the Library's Internet-accessible computers by the parent or legal guardian during the card application process.

Once you have your card, you can manage your account online. You are able to request and renew items at your own convenience.

Personal Card

  1. A person age 16 and over may obtain a library card by completing an application and providing proof of residency.
  2. A library card is valid for 3 years from the date of issue and may be renewed by presenting the card at the circulation desk with one current proof of identification.
  3. Use of a personal library card is limited to the patron whose name appears in the library card account.

Once you have your card, you can manage your account online. You are able to request and renew items at your own convenience.