Who can get a card?
The Fox River Valley Public Library District serves the residents of East Dundee, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow, and parts of Algonquin, Elgin, and Barrington Hills. Use the map on the right to find out if you live in our district.
How do I get a library card?
Come to the Dundee Library or Randall Oaks Library with proper identification. Children under the age of 15 can get a library card with the consent of their parent or guardian. Library cards can be issued up to 15 minutes before closing.
What is proper identification?
A photo ID with your current address. If your photo ID does not have your current address, a second ID with your current address is needed.
If you have no photo ID, then 2 IDs with current address on each will be acceptable.
Acceptable forms of identification:
- Driver's license
- State ID
- Motor vehicle registration or renewal
- Current real estate tax or utility bill
- Current lease
- Credit card bill
- Mail addressed to the patron and not postmarked more than 30 days previous to the request for a new card.
To update your address, visit either FRVPLD location or call the library. You'll need to show proper identification with your updated information when updating your address in person or on your next visit if updating your address by phone.
Update your email address by clicking on My Account page in the online catalog and updating the email address saved in Contact Information and Preferences. Your email address will only be used for library business such as hold notification, overdue notices, etc. All information in your record is kept confidential.
Please contact us for further information.
If you are 15 or older, you may show your current, valid student ID from a library district high school as one form of ID when getting a library card. You'll need to show another piece of ID that includes your home address.
You can use a current library card (in good standing) from reciprocal area libraries within our consortium at FRVPLD. For example, if your library is Evanston Public Library, your library card automatically works without extra registration at FRVPLD.
If you are an Illinois resident and have a card from another reciprocal library, you can visit either of our locations to register your card in good standing from your home library for use at FRVPLD. You wíll need to show a current, valid ID with your name and address, as well as your current library card from your home library. After verification from your home library, you can begin using FRVPLD resources.
There are a few restrictions for reciprocal cardholders; they cannot checkout items from our Library of Things, including laptops or WiFi hotspots, or use, stream, or download content from online resources when outside the library.
Property and business owners can get a non-resident library card for one year if they show they own property (or a business) in the library district.
All K-12 educators within the Fox River Valley Public Library District are eligible to receive an educator library card. This card allows educators from public and private K-12 schools to check out physical materials and use online resources in the classroom. Preschools within district boundaries are eligible for a business card.
At reciprocal area libraries within our consortium, you can use your FRVPLD library card in good standing at that library. For example, if you are using Evanston Public Library, your library card automatically works without extra registration. Some of these libraries may have restrictions on what you can use as a non-resident; contact any library you'd like to use for details on their policies.
If you are using an Illinois library in other communities with a reciprocal library, you can register your FRVPLD card in good standing for use at that library. Contact that library for policies and procedures for reciprocal libraries.
You may still use library services if you do not have fines/fees exceeding $10 on your account. You'll need to show your current, valid driver's license or state ID to allow staff to access your account.
A parent or guardian listed on a child's library card may still use library services for the child after showing a current, valid driver's license or state ID to allow staff to access the child's account.
If you lose your library card or key chain with a fob card, please call the library as soon as possible. You're responsible for all materials, fines, and fees checked out on your library card until its loss is reported.
Please visit either FRVPLD location to receive a new library card. You'll need to show proper identification as defined above.
If you're a reciprocal library cardholder, you'll need to show proper identification as well as your current library card from your home library. After verification from your home library, we'll update your account with the new card number from your home library.
If your library card is damaged or broken, please bring it to to either FRVPLD location and we'll replace it free of charge.
Yes, resident library cards must be updated every three years. You may ask for your library card's expiration date at either FRVPLD location. If we have your email address, you'll receive an email letting you know when your expiration date is approaching. Non-resident cards expire annually.
To update or renew your library card, visit either FRVPLD location and show current, valid ID with your name and address to renew for three more years. Any outstanding balances on the card must be paid off before it can be renewed.
If you can't make it in person right away, you can call the library to renew for one month and then visit either FRVPLD location and show current, valid ID with your name and address to renew for three more years.
Yes, library cards must be updated every three years, including those for children (under 15). Children must be present at the time of renewal. Any balances on the card must be paid off before it can be renewed. You may ask for your library card's expiration date at either FRVPLD location. If we have your email address, you'll receive an email letting you know when your expiration date is approaching.