Residents of Bellwood may obtain a library card in person at the Circulation Desk. The following instructions will explain how to apply for and renew your Bellwood Library Card. You accept full responsibility for all materials checked out on your library card and for all charges associated with its use, therefore you should report lost library cards immediately.To replace a lost card there will be a $3.00 fee in addition to meeting the conditions below. You must provide the following information:
Two (2) forms of current identification, one from Group A (must be a picture ID) and one from Group B are required. ALL ID MUST HAVE YOUR NAME AND CURRENT BELLWOOD ADDRESS. Many different forms of identification may be acceptable and we consider recent to be within the last 3 months of application.
Some examples of acceptable identification are listed below.
Group A – To Establish ID
- Drivers License
- State I.D.
- Current School ID
Group B - to Verify Residency:
- Recent Utility Bill
- Current Tax Bill
- Mortgage Papers/Rental Lease
- Voters Registration Card
- Credit Card Statements
- Pay Stub with Current Address
- Postmarked Magazine
- Car Registration
- Insurance Bills
- Envelope with a postal change of address label
Group C – Minor Children
- Child’s Birth Certificate
- Public Aid or Medical Card
- Report Card
You will be requested to complete a library card application that request for such information as your name, address, and phone number. Please be aware that all information provided to the library is kept confidential. If you wish, you may check out materials at the time of registration. Parents or legal guardians must present proof of residency as above and sign application card assuming responsibility for materials lent to patrons under the age of 18. The parent or guardian must accompany the child when applying for a library card.
Cards expire in three years. For renewal, patrons must present proof of residence in Bellwood as stated above and card must be free of fines and overdues. Your library card may be used at most public libraires withing the state of Illinois. If you lose your card, please notify the library immediately so you will not be held responsible for fines and charges on the card if someone else uses it.
Must I have my Library Card with me at Checkout-out?
Yes, for your protection we require all patrons to present their card at checkout. We do not accept personal identification for check-outs.