Using the Library
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Who Can Get a Card?
The O’Fallon Public Library is locally funded by property taxes paid by persons who own property within the library's taxing district. If you live within or own realestate within this area, your taxes support the library and a card will be issued at no charge.
What if I do not live within the O’Fallon City Limits?
Individuals who reside outside the O’Fallon city limits and do not have a public library serving the area they reside in are not paying any taxes for public library service. They are required by Illinois state law to purchase a card by paying a fee equivalent to the locally assessed library tax. Nonresident fees are calculated using a tax bill method. Nonresidents who choose to purchase cards must provide the documentation necessary to calculate the fee. In most cases, this will be a current tax bill or rental agreement. The nonresident family fee is paid annually. A family is defined as individuals residing at the same address.
There is no minimum age to obtain a card. Children aged 15 and younger may obtain a card with the permission of a parent or legal guardian. Juveniles aged 16 and older are eligible to obtain a card without a parent if a valid ID and proof of residency are provided.
How to Borrow
To check out materials present a valid library wallet or key-chain card at any Help Desk, or you can use self-checkout. If you forget your card you may check out materials at any Help Desk by presenting a valid photo ID.
Checkout limits vary by item type.
- Total items per card is 75
- Up to 30 of those can be CDs/Audiobooks
- 20 can be DVD/Blu-Ray
- 2 can be Express DVDs
- 2 can be Express Books
- 3 can be Video Games
How to Get Your Card
Getting a library card is easy—and it’s free, if you live in the library's taxing district! Just visit the library to fill out an application. You will need a photo ID and two items that show your current address.
- Personal check
- Current telephone, gas, electric or cable bill
- Mail postmarked within 30 days
- Voter registration card
Post office box numbers are not accepted.
You will receive your card on the day of application.
Once you have your card you can manage your account online. This allows you to request, renew and pay late fees at your own convenience.
Renewing Your Card
Your card is good for three years (or one year for a nonresident card). When the time comes to renew, simply provide the necessary documentation, just as when you initially got your card. We use this as an opportunty to update your address, phone number, email address and the like.