Library cards

Your library card connects you to a world of resources and learning. Register for a card at our West Checkout Desk on the first floor or start the process online.

Skokie residents

Bring a photo I.D. with your name and current Skokie address to the West Checkout Desk to apply. Residents under the age of 16 need a parent’s signature; young children need to be able to print their first and last name to get their own card. 

You also can start the process online and pick up your card in person later (don’t forget to bring along I.D.).


Companies based in Skokie or members of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce are eligible for a business library card. Complete the business library card application and return it to us with the required documentation. We’ll mail the card to the business address you provide.

Icon Download the business card application (181.9 KB)

Suburban residents

If you don’t live in Skokie but have a library card from a RAILS public library, bring your card and photo I.D. with name and current address to register your card. Nonresidents can check out most of our items, but some borrowing limits do apply.

If you live in Chicago or elsewhere outside the RAILS system, you can buy a Skokie Public Library card for the cost of taxpayer support.

Managing your card

Check your account online

You can check your account online, renew items, and more. Check your account now.

Lost your card?

Call immediately to report a lost or stolen card, as you’re responsible for any items checked out with the card until we’re notified. Replacement cards cost $1.

Change of address

If you move, update your address and phone number at the West Checkout Desk.