Who Is Eligible?
Lake Forest residents
Owners of Lake Forest businesses
Children may have their own library card using their parent or guardian's information
- City of Lake Forest employees
- Caregivers and nannies of Lake Forest families
- Lake Forest College students can bring in their college ID and a photo ID (that has their home address) to receive a Lake Forest Library card. Their borrowing period runs from the beginning of the fall semester to May 1.
- Non-residents may purchase a Lake Forest Library Card for $616.90.
For more information, please see the Library's complete Borrowing Policy.
Getting Your Card
You need to visit the Library to complete a library card application. As part of the process, you will need to bring a current photo ID and proof of residency.
Accepted Photo ID:
Current Illinois driver’s license or state ID
Current school or university ID
Accepted documents to establish residency:
Current Illinois driver’s license or state ID showing a Lake Forest address
Utility bill (electric, water, gas, telephone/mobile, cable) dated within 90 days of application
Official mail addressed to the applicant from a state, county, city, village or federal government agency postmarked within 90 days of the application
Bank statement dated within 90 days of application
Illinois motor vehicle registration
Insurance policy (homeowner's or rental) dated within 90 days of application
Lease or real estate ownership or tax bill dated within 90 days of application
Pay stub dated within 90 days of application
Electronic copies of the above may be submitted provided the account is accessed at the Library.
Library accounts expire after three (3) years. At the time of expiration, you may be asked to show a photo ID and confirm you are still a Lake Forest resident using the options above.
Library Card Perks
Now that you have your Lake Forest Library card, look at everything you can do with it!
You can check out:
Unlimited audiobooks and Playaways
Unlimited DVDs and Blu-rays
DVD2GO movies (limit 20)
Takeout Tech equipment
Launchpads and Views
Children's Exploration Kits
Children's puzzles, puppets, and toys
You can access our Download and Stream items including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, Movies, Music, and more
You get remote access to many of our Research and Learn databases
You can request interlibrary loan services that enable us to request books and materials for you from other libraries throughout Illinois and even across the U.S.