Get a Library Card

Getting your library card is the best way to access the wealth of information and resources available to you. 

Who can get a free library card?

The library is funded through City property tax dollars. If you live within the city of Rockford, you “pay” for service through your taxes and are eligible to receive a free library card. Those who live outside city limits are eligible to pay for library services and receive their library card for an annual fee of $120. Rockford city limits can be confusing, so ask us if you are unsure about whether or not you live within them.

Can I use my card from another Illinois library?

If you have a library card from another Illinois library with which RPL has a reciprocal borrowing agreement, and you do not owe library fines or have overdue materials, you may use our resources. Reciprocal Borrowers have the same borrowing privileges as a Resident, with the exception of electronic devices and remote access to certain electronic databases.

What do I need to get my library card?

Getting your library card is easy. Just bring a current photo ID and proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) to the Circulation desk of any Rockford Public Library location, and complete an application. Children ages 5-14 years will need a parent/guardian with them to apply for a library card.