Getting A Library Card

Registration Requirements & Borrowing privileges

The Nippersink Public Library District is a tax supported public library. This means that people residing within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink Public Library District pay taxes to support the library. Those people who live within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink Public Library District need pay no additional fee to be eligible to receive their first library card. Library cards are renewed every two (2) years without additional fees provided the library card holder continues to reside within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink District Library, and is a patron in good standing. There is a fee to replace damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen library cards.

As a resident card holder, the borrower identified on the valid borrower’s card may physically take his or her library card to another library to borrow materials.  Those materials are the responsibility of the individual who borrows them, and are subject to all of the fines, rules, and regulations of the lending library.  Often libraries limit the borrowing privileges of reciprocal borrowers, and it is best for borrowers to be aware of local rules and procedures before making selections.

Individuals residing beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink District Library and not within the boundaries of another public library, and owning no property within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink District Library may purchase a non-resident fee card. The yearly non-resident fee is determined by the General Mathematical Formula established by the Illinois State Library.  This fee entitles the entire family to use the Nippersink District Library, but may or may not include neighboring libraries.

If a person resides beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink District Library and not within the boundaries of another public library, but owns property within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink District Library, upon presentation of a tax bill bearing his or her name, he or she may have one library card for the exclusive use of the individual whose name appears on its face without additional payment as is the case with people who reside within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Nippersink District Library.

Adults wishing to register for a borrower’s card, renew an expired borrower’s card, or replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed borrower’s card at the Nippersink District Library must bring with them identification which bears their name and address. These forms of identification include but are not limited to driver’s license, utility bills, mail, or voter’s registration card. Children under the age of 16 may use the proof of residency provided by their parent. Children using proof of residency provided by their parent must have parental consent. It is the parent’s responsibility to supervise the selection of his child’s library materials. Children 16 and over may choose to provide their own proof of residency, or use that of their parent. The minimum age for obtaining a library card is 5 years.of identification include but are not limited to driver’s license, utility bills, mail, or voter’s registration card. Children under the age of 16 may use the proof of residency provided by their parent. Children using proof of residency provided by their parent must have parental consent. It is the parent’s responsibility to supervise the selection of his child’s library materials. Children 16 and over may choose to provide their own proof of residency, or use that of their parent. The minimum age for obtaining a library card is 5 years.