Warren-Newport Public Library District
Lake County, Illinois
Board of Trustees
Adopted: November 12, 1991
Reviewed/Revised: July 12, 1994; August 8, 1995; July 9, 2002; June 17, 2008;
March 20, 2012; September 17, 2013; May 20, 2014; April 18, 2017;
February 20, 2018; December 18, 2018; January 18, 2022; July 18, 2023
ARTICLE 1. STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
All residents of the Warren-Newport Public Library District (WNPLD) are encouraged to apply for
a library card so that they may avail themselves of the variety of materials, services, and programs
offered by the Library. Library cards will be provided as expediently as possible to facilitate
participation in library services.
ARTICLE 2. ELIGIBILITY
Section 2.01 Residence
Any person residing in WNPLD will be eligible to receive a library card.
Section 2.02 Property Ownership or Business Affiliation
Any person who, as an individual or as a partner, principal stockholder, or other joint owner, owns
or leases property that is taxed for library service or is a senior administrative officer of a firm,
business, or other corporation owning taxable property within the District, is eligible to receive a
library card upon presentation of the most recent tax bill or a copy of the commercial lease of that
taxable property. [75 ILCS 16/30-55.60(3)] The Library card shall accord the nonresident property
owner cardholder all the services the issuing public library provides its residents, including
reciprocal borrowing privileges.
Section 2.03 District Schools
The Library will offer each school in the service district a building-level library card, which can be
used to check out materials. See Policy 3040 Services to Schools for more detail.
Section 2.04 Ownership of Card
A library card is issued to a specific person and is not transferable. The person to whom a card is
issued is responsible for all use made of the card until it is reported lost or stolen. A library card
remains the property of WNPLD.
ARTICLE 3. PROOF OF IDENTITY AND RESIDENCY
Section 3.01 Acceptable Proof of Identity and Residency
A picture ID and recent proof of residency in the District are required for library card applicants. If
the picture ID used does not verify the patron’s recent (within ninety (90) days) Library District
residence, a second document verifying current residency must be provided. Digital versions are
Acceptable forms of photo identification include, but are not limited to:
• Valid Illinois state ID, driver’s license, or learner’s permit
• School ID
• Military ID
• Consulate ID
Acceptable forms of address verification include, but are not limited to:
• Valid Illinois state ID, driver’s license, or learner’s permit
• Bank Statement
• Current Lease / Mortgage
• Property Tax or Utility Bill
• Cancelled mail with current postmark
• Auto Registration
• Voter’s Registration Card
• Fishing License
• FOID card
Section 3.02 Residency of Children
A district resident under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
when applying for a library card. The address of the parent/guardian having primary custody will
be used to determine a child’s residency.
ARTICLE 4. REGISTRATION THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOOLS
If proxy registration is offered by a District School, K-12 students enrolled in District Schools
whose parents are District residents may also apply for a library card through their respective
school. In these cases, the proof of residency provided to be enrolled in the District School shall
be used to determine residency in the Library District.
ARTICLE 5. NON-RESIDENT LIBRARY CARDS
Section 5.01 Non-resident Status
A non-resident is defined as any person residing outside of an area served by a public library in
the State of Illinois.
Section 5.02 Non-resident Cards
A non-resident who wishes to use a public library must apply for and pay for a non-resident library
card at the public library that is closest to his or her residence and that serves residents of the
high school district in which the non-resident has his or her principal residence. The Warren
Newport Public Library may not be the closest public library to any non-resident. Therefore,
non-resident library cards are not issued by WNPLD.
Section 5.03 Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) Member Cardholders
CCS member cardholders are not required to register their library card to use library services.
However, some materials:
• are limited to WNPL cardholders only;
• have item limits;
• have reduced loan periods;
• are not available for renewal;
• are limited to in-library use only; or
• are only available to patrons 18 years and older.
Section 5.04 Other Illinois Library Cards
WNPLD honors all valid library cards issued by any other public library in Illinois, pending
verification by the home library that the card is current and in good standing. A picture ID and
recent (within 90 days) proof of residency will be required for the registration of library cards issued
by other Illinois public libraries.
ARTICLE 6. TEMPORARY LIBRARY CARDS
Section 6.01 Term of Residency
Temporary cards are issued to patrons who will be residing in the District more than one (1) month
but less than one (1) year.
Section 6.02 Identification and Proof of Residency
A picture ID and proof of residency in the District will be required for temporary card applicants.
Acceptable proof of residency includes the following:
• a lease or rental agreement,
• a motel/hotel agreement of no less than thirty (30) days, or
• cancelled mail.
ARTICLE 7. LIMITED USE CARDS
WNPLD issues limited use cards to provide library service for people regardless of income or
housing status. They are issued to those who cannot provide a picture ID or proof of residency at
the time of application. Limited use cards allow residents to check out up to five (5) print items at
a time and provide off-site access to online resources. These cards have an expiration date of
ninety (90) days and are renewed on a case-by-case basis.
ARTICLE 8. LIBRARY CARDS FOR STAFF
Staff members not residing in WNPLD will be issued a WNPLD card. When an employee leaves
the Library, their staff designation will be removed or the card will be revoked if they do not live in
the Library’s service area.
USE OF LIBRARY CARD
Section 9.01 Presentation of the Library Card
A library card or photo ID should be presented each time a patron wishes to check out materials
or request account information at the checkout desk. Requests for patron account information will
be provided over the phone as long as the individual provides their library card barcode number.
Section 9.02 Absence of the Library Card
A patron who has been issued a library card may check materials out without that library card
upon presentation of a valid picture ID. See Section 3.01 of this policy. A student under the age
of sixteen (16) years who verifies information in our database may use a school ID with a photo
in lieu of a State ID. A patron may check out materials at self-checkout terminals by providing
their library barcode number in combination with a personal identification number (PIN).
ARTICLE 10. LOST OR STOLEN LIBRARY CARD
WNPL recognizes that library cards may be lost or stolen and could be misused. To avoid misuse,
a lost or stolen library card should be reported to WNPL as soon as possible. Replacement cards
will be issued at no charge.