Get a Library Card

If you live in the Silvis Public Library service area, you may get a library card free of charge, as part of your tax-supported library service.

Your library card allows you to:

  • Borrow books and other library materials from us and from most other public libraries in Illinois.
  • Use special online collections to find magazine articles and information you can't get just by searching the web.

Getting a New Library Card

To obtain a library card, you must apply in person at the Silvis Public Library.  A photo ID is required to verify identity and residency in the service area.  If the photo ID presented does not list the current address, you must bring in another form of identification with the photo ID.  Listed below are valid forms of identification:

  • Driver's License or State Issue ID Card
  • Utility Bill
  • Lease agreement
  • Recent pay stub with address
  • Official mail

All library cards will be mailed to your address and are valid for 3 years.   A parent or legal guardian mut be present to obtain a card if the patron does not have a valid government ID (driver's license or state issue ID card).  Children may receive a card starting at the age of 3.

Circulation staff may refuse to issue or renew a library card if any of the following apply:

  • Unpaid fines on previous accounts.
  • Delinquent materials have not been returned from a previous account.
  • Adequate identification and proof of address cannot be supplied.
  • False information or identities are given.
  • No permanent Silvis address can be provided.

Renewing a Current Library Card

If there are no changes to account information, you may use your library card as identification. A valid photo ID and proof of residency are necessary when changing an address, or if the card has been expired for more than 90 days.  If you have lost your card you must have ID and proof of residency.


Additional Information

  • Please notify the library with any change of address. 
  • Your card must be presented at the time of checkout, renewal, or when requesting a reserve or interlibrary loan item.
  • A $3 fee will be charged to replace any lost, stolen, or damaged library card.

  Click here to learn more on how to report a lost card.