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.

Loan Periods, Renewals and Fine Free Policy

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Fine Free

The Library is permanently fine free!

Here are the details:
• No overdue fines on materials checked out at our Library
• All items are 2 week check-outs with 5 auto-renewals (if no other holds)
• Items overdue for 42 days are considered lost and billed at cost
• Account is blocked if an item is 14 days overdue until returned (21 days during COVID quarantine)

More information and background is available in this statement (PDF).

Also check out this news article from The Doings.

Automatic Renewals

Eligible materials will renew automatically 5 times provided there are no other holds. Ineligible materials include items with holds from other patrons and non-SWAN interlibrary loans. You will receive an email two days before an item is due indicating if it will or will not renew.

Library Cards

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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 $117 for a single user card or $287 for family cards. To determine if you are eligible for a non-resident card, please call 630-368-7700 or visit the circulation desk.

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.