Library Cards

Get Yours!

Library cards are available at no additional charge for residents of the City of Sycamore and provide you with access to library materials, as well as our online/electronic resources.

Because Sycamore Library is a member of a large Northern Illinois consortium, your library card can also be used at any member library in Illinois.

Sycamore Public Library believes that every person who uses the library has the right to look for information without fear of judgment or discrimination regarding their inquiries. The Library strongly believes that personal patron information must be held confidential by staff.

What to Bring

To verify residence, current government-issued photo identification with the resident’s home address must be shown. If the address on the identification is not current, one of the following items must also be shown to verify residence:
  • current property tax bill
  • a current title/lease/renter’s agreement
  • or a current utility bill postmarked within two months to the resident’s home address.

Types of Cards

Individual Card

One person sixteen years of age or older. Only the person listed on the account may be given information regarding the account by library staff.


  • Individual library card number.
  • Individual has complete privacy and confidentiality.
  • You are responsible for only you.

Youth Card

A parent may choose to allow a child 5 years of age or older to have his/her own library card. The parent or legal guardian must sign the application until the child reaches the age of 16 and may withdraw a child’s card at any time. Only the child listed on the library card may be given information regarding the account by library staff.


  • Individual library card number.
  • Child has complete privacy and confidentiality.
  • Teaches responsibility.
  • Maximum checkout of 20 items.

Non Resident Fee Card

Sycamore Public Library is pleased to offer fee-based library cards to the following qualified non-residents: Those living outside any public library taxing area whose primary residence lies within the boundaries of Sycamore Community School District #427.

Non-resident cards extend the same privileges residents enjoy including reciprocal borrowing privileges at other libraries. Cards are issued on an annual basis and are  non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Stop in and see us for more details.


Student Access Card

Students attending Sycamore Community School District 427 who currently live outside of the city limits are able to get Sycamore Library Student Access Cards.

View the full details HERE.

Renew Your Library Card

Bring your card to the Circulation Desk along with an ID that shows your name and current address. If your ID doesn't show your correct address, other acceptable documents to verify residency are:
  • Lease
  • Insurance Card (Must have preprinted address)
  • Preprinted Check
  • Utility Bill (Must be issued within the last 2 months)
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Pay Stub (Must be issued within the last 2 months)