In Illinois, people living outside the service area of a public library are considered non-residents. Non-residents are eligible to purchase a library card from the public library under certain conditions. The sale of a library card to a non-resident is covered by the Illinois Statutes, 75 ILDS 5/4-7(12) and 75 ILDS 16/30-55.60 specifically. In early 2002, the Statute was changed to include reciprocal borrowing and to indicate where the non-resident was to purchase the card. To see the complete statute, visit Chapter 75, Libraries.
To determine the appropriate public library for service, check the home address in illinoismap.info
We have collected information about the non-resident fees charged by our public library members. For 2009-10, several libraries did not reply to the annual non-resident fee survey. This has been noted as no reply next to the library’s name.
Fee Effective Date: Public library boards determine when their library’s non-resident fee changes. Some boards choose the start of the library’s fiscal year, others change the fee on 1 July and still others use 1 January as the date. The effective date of the non-resident’s fee change is a local library board decision.