Get a Library Card

Library Card Requirements

  • Must be at least 5 years old; need parent/guardian signature if under 16
  • Must show government-issued photo ID with current address. An official document (such as a bill) dated within the past 60 days can also be used as proof of current residence 
  • Non-residents and reciprocal visitors may be eligible. See the Circulation Policy for details

Lost Library Card Replacement

  • Report the loss immediately so the card cannot be used by others
  • Person who signed up for card is responsible for all items on account until lost card is reported


  • eCards allow access to the library’s electronic resources only
  • For details on eCards, or to apply for a card, visit our eCard page

Student eCards

  • Free Student eCards are available for any student 18 and under whose residence is within the Springfield District 186 boundaries. This also applies to staff and teachers in public, private, and parochial schools
  • For more information, visit our Student eCard page
Fee Amnesty begins September 1

Fee Amnesty 2022

Patrons are invited to visit the library to receive a waiver of up to $50 per account in fees* for lost or damaged materials between September 1 and December 31, 2022

For those with more than $50 in fees, flexible payment plans are available, as well as the opportunity to access online resources with an eCard

Call us at 217-753-4900 ext 5625 for more information

*The $10 debt collection fee cannot be waived. Accounts with only debt collection fees are not blocked, and users can access both physical and digital materials