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Online Option

Digital Library Card 
If you don’t want to visit the library in person, you can register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to the library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and research databases. You will have the option to make it a full access card after registering and will be notified within a week by our circulation department. If you choose to change to a full access card, it will be sent to you in the mail.

In Person

Applications for new library cards are now available at our building. You can visit the front desk or vestibule kiosk if you prefer not to enter the building. Just complete the application when you visit. You can choose to receive your card right away or receive it in the mail.

You will need to present a picture ID (such as a driver’s license or state ID) reflecting a current River Forest address. If you have not updated your ID, please bring your ID and another document that shows current proof of residency in River Forest (utility bill, bank statement, or vehicle registration).

Children and teens under the age of 18 must have a parent sign their application for a card and present current proof of River Forest residency. Parents or guardians are responsible for materials checked out using their children’s cards.

Your card can be used in all SWAN libraries, as well as Chicago Public Library, Dominican and Concordia University libraries, and many other Illinois libraries.

Dominican and Concordia University Students
At the Library, present your valid student ID and a picture ID reflecting your current home address. Student library cards expire at the end of August. Students returning to campus in the fall must renew their cards for the new school year.

Renew Your Card

River Forest Public Library cards are valid for 5 years. If it is time to renew your library card, stop by the Circulation Desk with a photo ID that includes your River Forest address. Outstanding fees for overdue materials and lost/damaged items must be paid before the card can be renewed. While we are closed to the public and are offering curbside service, you can stop by the vestibule to renew your card but are encouraged to wait until we reopen.

Lost Card
If you have lost your library card, please contact the Circulation Desk as soon as possible. Stop by the desk next time you are in the Library or call us at (708) 366-5205 x 304 so that we can suspend your account. We will be happy to issue you a new card at no charge.

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