Library Card Information

Wilmette and Kenilworth residents may apply for a library card by filling out our online Library Card Application. Your physical card can be picked up at the Wilmette Public Library within 60 days. 

If you already have a Wilmette Public Library card that is misplaced or needs to be renewed please call the circulation department at 847-256-6947 to find out how to renew or replace your card.

If you need assistance with signing up, or have a question about your account, please contact our circulation department, 847-256-6947.



Adult Library Cards

To obtain a Wilmette Public Library card, you must present a photo ID or two other forms of identification (all forms of identification should show your current Wilmette or Kenilworth address) and complete the library card application form at the Circulation Desk. Wilmette residents' library cards are valid for three years from the month of issue and Kenilworth residents' library cards are valid until a specific date (currently June 30, 2023).

Child Library Cards

Children under high school age must be accompanied by a parent when applying for a card. A parent (or guardian) is required to sign the child's registration, thus accepting financial responsibility for materials checked out to the child.

Business and Organizational Cards

The Library offers businesses and not-for-profits located in the District service area are eligible to receive one library card upon annual presentation of the owner/managers personal photo identification and the business’s current tax bill, lease agreement, or utility bill. These cards are valid for one year and can only be used at Wilmette Public Library.

Nonresident District Property Owners 

In accordance with 75 ILCS 16/30-55.60, a nonresident who, as an individual or as a partner, principal or stockholder, or other joint owner, owns taxable property within the District or is a senior administrative officer of a firm, business, or other corporation owning taxable property within the District, may obtain one library card for that parcel of property at no charge. These cards are valid for one year and can only be used at Wilmette Public Library.

Temporary Cards

Long-term temporary residents who live within the Library District, such as nannies, au pairs, foreign exchange students, and in-home caregivers, may apply for a temporary library card. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and a valid identification/address verification must be presented by the resident cardholder on behalf of the applicant, who assumes responsibility for the account and any resources borrowed. These cards are valid for one year and can only be used at Wilmette Public Library.

Lost, Missing, or Stolen Cards

Please do NOT lend your card to others. Materials checked out on your card become your responsibility. Please report a lost, missing or stolen library card immediately by contacting the Circulation Desk at 847-256-6947.

Right to Privacy

To the extent permissible under current law, it is the policy of the Wilmette Library that a patron's library card number will not be supplied, by staff, to any other patron or entity, and all records relating to your library card and the materials you borrow are confidential.


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