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Obtaining a Library Card

Anyone living in Peoria or owning property within city limits is eligible for a free library card and may apply for one in person at the information desk of the Main Library or at any of the branch libraries. Online applications are not available at this time.

Library Card Requirements

Requirements for a Peoria Public Library card:

  • You must live in the city of Peoria
  • You must show a photo I.D.
  • You must show something with your current address. 
    (Examples: I.D., mail, bill, checkbook)

Requirements for children to obtain a Peoria Public Library card:

(For children up through the 8th grade)

  • Child must live in the city of Peoria
  • Parent must show a photo I.D.
  • Parent must show something with your current address.
    (Examples: I.D., mail, bill, checkbook)
  • Child must be accompanied by a parent.

There is a $2.00 replacement fee for lost cards.

Non-resident cards

Peoria Public Library  offers a  non-resident library card for $140.00 a year. This card may be used at the Peoria Public Library Main Library, all branches (North, Lakeview, Lincoln, McClure), and the bookmobile. This non-resident card provides full access to Peoria Public Library materials and services, including full interlibrary loan service. For more information, call the Peoria Public Library Circulation Department at (309) 497-2164 or (309) 497-2165.

Teacher Card

This card is available to any teacher who teaches at Peoria Public Schools OR any teacher at Dunlap Schools who lives in an area served by a tax-supported public library. Peoria Public Schools teachers who live in an unserved area can obtain a teacher card under the Intergovernmental Agreement between Peoria Public Library and Peoria Public Schools. This card is available to Peoria Public Schools, District 323, private, parochial, and daycare teachers.  It is valid from August 1 through July 31 and is to be used for classroom purposes only.

Student Card

This card is available for any Peoria Public Schools student who resides outside the city of Peoria. It is valid from August 15 through August 14 of the next year.

Library Card FAQ

What is a valid Peoria Public Library card?

A valid library card is one that has not expired and has a total of less than $5 in fines and fees pending. Residents' registrations expire after two years and must be renewed in person. A library card that has expired cannot be used to borrow additional materials until it is renewed. A library card that is blocked because it has accrued $5 or more in fines and fees cannot be used to borrow additional materials until the amount due has been paid.

Do I have to have my card with me to check out materials?

All Peoria Public Library locations use self-checkout for circulating materials. To protect your personal information, you must use your library card OR a digital image of your library card barcode to check out materials or to sign on to public computers.

What if I lose my library card?

A replacement card costs $2. Report your lost or stolen library card to the library as soon as possible to prevent others from charging materials to your account. Your library card should be treated like a credit card as someone could check out many costly materials and you would be responsible for the cost. When you report your card lost or stolen your account will be blocked immediately so that no one can use it, and you may then apply for a new account. You are responsible for all items charged to your card until its loss is reported.

How can I renew materials?

Library materials can be renewed

  1. In person at any branch.
  2. By calling  309-497-2164 during normal library hours.
  3. Renewals can now be made on line by clicking here.

Where can I return materials?

Items checked out from any Peoria Public Library may be returned to any Peoria Public Library location. All Peoria Public Library locations have book drops for your convenience after hours. Audiovisual materials are fragile and should only be returned in designated media book drops.

How much are overdue fines?

Overdue fines range from 10 cents to $1.00 per day depending on the item. Please refer to the Guide to circulation of materials for the fines for different types of materials. Library cards may not be used when overdue fines reach $5, until payment is made.

What if I lose or damage something I borrow?

In addition to the replacement cost of the lost item, you will be charged a $5 non-refundable processing fee for each lost item. The library may accept identical replacement items in lieu of lost items. Items returned with damage that warrants withdrawal from the collection will be treated as lost.