Any resident of the Morris Area Public Library District can receive a library card free of charge! To check if you live within the Library District boundaries, click here.

We are happy to help you in person to register for a library card. Either download, print, and fill out the application form or come in and we’ll provide an application for you. You will then need to provide proper identification.

  • Proper identification is an official picture ID verifying the person’s name and address, such as a driver’s license, state ID, passport, or military ID.
  • If the picture ID does not also display a current address that proves residency in the District, two additional forms of ID are required, such as a utility bill, voter’s card, credit card bill, bank statement, etc.

To download an application, click the appropriate link below
Adult Application

Child Application

Until age 18, patrons must have a parent or legal guardian furnish proof of residency, and the minor applicant must be present when issuing the card.

The District will perform periodic address verification on all accounts. To renew a library card, a photo ID with current address must be shown. If the current address is not the address listed on the ID, a separate document showing proof of library district residency will be required.

Library cards are non-transferable. Cardholders are responsible for notifying the Library of lost or stolen cards.

Reciprocal Borrowers:

Individuals presenting a valid card from another public library in Illinois may borrow items from the Morris Area Public Library District, provided that their privileges in their home library are not suspended for any reason. Privileges will be granted for one year and may be renewed annually. Items checked out from Morris Area Public Library District are the responsibility of the borrower and are subject to all the fines, rules and regulations of the Morris Area Public Library District.  

Non-Resident Borrowers:

A non-resident can purchase a Morris Area Public Library District card and will be charged a fee that is determined by state formula. A non-resident is defined as a property owner or renter who resides in an area that is not taxed for public library service. Non-resident library cards are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.