Library Cards & Borrowing

A Book Being Scanned at the Circulation Desk

Contact the Circulation Department at 630-368-7700 with any questions regarding library cards or your account, including renewals.

Fine Free Borrowing & Renewal Policy

  • No overdue fines on materials checked out at the Oak Brook Public Library.
  • All items are 2 week check-outs with 5 auto-renewals (if no holds).
  • Items overdue for 42 days (6 weeks) are considered lost and billed at cost.
  • Account is blocked if there are 10+ items overdue.

Other Details

Automatic renewals occur two days before an item is due. Items will not automatically renew if another patron has a hold on the item or your account is blocked for other reasons. You will receive an e-mail or text notification if an item fails to renew or is coming due 2 days before the due date.

Automatic renewals do not apply to materials borrowed outside of the SWAN network through statewide Interlibrary Loan. Please follow the instructions attached to these items for renewal.

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Residents of incorporated Oak Brook can obtain a library card free of charge. To obtain or renew a library card, visit the Library to complete an application and provide proof of Oak Brook residency. A valid, state-issued photo ID is sufficient. If your photo ID is expired or shows an old address, bring other proof of residency such as postmarked mail or utility bills. Children under the age of 18 need only a completed application and a parent/guardian's signature.


Oak Brook residents who live in an unincorporated area outside of the village's taxing district may purchase a non-resident card. The fee for the current year is $120 for a single user card or $323 for family cards. Cash and check are accepted in person. Credit or debit card payments may be made online after applying. To determine if you are eligible for a non-resident card, please call 630-368-7700 or visit the circulation desk.

District #53 Teacher Cards

All District #53 teachers are eligible for teacher cards. This card grants access to all physical materials at OBPL and within the SWAN library network as well as access to the Library’s digital subscription resources and databases. Teachers must have a public library card from their home library to apply but will receive a separate Oak Brook card with forgiveness for overdue fines and lost materials. To apply for a teacher card, visit the Library with a photo ID, your District #53 ID and your home library card. Other area educators are not eligible for a teacher card but are welcome to register their home library card to check out materials from OBPL.

Reciprocal Borrowers

SWAN member library cardholders are already linked with our library and do not have to register separately. Other Illinois public library cardholders outside of SWAN must present their home library card and a valid photo ID in order to register their home library card for borrowing privileges.

Courtesy and Taxpayer Cards

Courtesy cards are available for businesses and non-resident taxpayers located within incorporated Oak Brook. These cards grant borrowing privileges as well as access to the library's various electronic resources. For more information on how to apply, please call 630-368-7700 or visit the Circulation Desk Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Temporary Cards

Long-term temporary residents may obtain a library card which is valid for one year. This generally applies to nannies or au pairs, foreign exchange students, and in-home caregivers. Applicants require proof of identification and the signature of a resident cardholder on the library card application who assumes responsibility for the account and any items borrowed.

Oakbrook Terrace

The Village of Oakbrook Terrace is a separate municipality from the Village of Oak Brook and is not served by its own public library. However, Oakbrook Terrace residents may apply for a nonresident card at a reduced cost at the Villa Park Public Library. Further instructions and details can be found on the Village of Oakbrook Terrace website.

Accessing Your Account

To access your library catalog account, visit the catalog home page and click Log In.

Enter your library card number and your PIN. Your default PIN is either the last four digits of your library card number or the last four digits of your phone number. If you need to reset your pin, click the "Forgot my PIN" link or contact the library 630-368-7700 for further assistance.

Your catalog account allows you to view items checked out and their due dates, place materials on hold, change your account information and notification settings, create and manage materials lists, and more. Check out these video tutorials for easy guides to your account features.

Library App

You can check your account, search and place holds, register for programs and more right from your phone. Visit the SWAN site for all the details.