Get A Card

Adult Library Cards

A library card is available to all Waukegan residents – and best of all, it’s free! To get a card you need to bring:

  • Valid (non-expired) driver’s license or state ID with your current address
  • If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID with your current address, you must bring two pieces of identification with your name, one of which must include your current address, and only one may be a piece of mail. These include a valid (non-expired) passport (US or foreign), valid consulate ID card (Matricula Consular, etc.), employee or student ID card, pay stub, most recent federal or state income tax return, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) letter, lease agreement, utility bill (gas, cable, phone, etc.) or mail delivered within the last 90 days, vehicle registration, voter registration card, or personal check.

Library cards are valid for 2-year periods, and they’re free!

Click here to print the application

Children’s Cards

Children of any age living in Waukegan are eligible for a library card.  Children below the 9th grade or under age 14 need a parent or legal guardian with ID to get a card.

Reciprocal Borrowing

You can also use virtually any Illinois public library card to check out materials in Waukegan. Just bring your library card to the front desk along with photo ID and proof of your current address if your photo ID does not already have it. Borrowing privileges will be extended to out-of-town patrons for 1 year. It’s free to register your home library card for use at WPL! Teachers in Waukegan may register for teacher borrowing privileges. Click here to learn more.

Lost Cards

There is a $2.00 card replacement fee for lost WPL cards. Waukegan Public Library is unable to replace library cards originally issued by other libraries.

Fines & Fees

Borrowing anything from the library is free with a few exceptions. Overdue fines vary and are applied to DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and video games that are returned or renewed after the due date. There are no overdue fines for books, audiobooks, magazines, and CDs.  Fees are also applied to damaged items and items that are not returned at all.  To see a list of overdue and damage fees for all items, click here.

You can check on due dates, ask about fines, and renew items by using My Card or by calling us. We send due date reminders by email and overdue notices by mail or email. Keep your contact information up-to-date with My Card to keep receiving these notices. Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to return items to the library on time and in good condition.