To Get a Library Card
Anyone who lives in Normal is able to get a Normal Public Library card.
There is no minimum age limit.
What You’ll Need
If you are 18 or over, you’ll need to show a photo ID and proof of your Normal address. Proof of address can be a bill, a piece of mail, a lease agreement, your driver’s license or a state ID, or your checkbook.
If you are under 18, you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian. You do not need to show a photo ID or proof of address, but your parent or legal guardian does.
College students are encouraged to get library cards! As long as your dorm, apartment, or house is in Normal, you are entitled to an NPL card.
Since dorm addresses are temporary, if you live in the dorms, your library card will expire on September 1 of the following school year.
Be sure to bring along a photo ID and proof of your current Normal address the first time you visit us each school year.
If you live in an apartment or house in Normal, your card will expire in three years.
Types of Cards
Birth through 11-years-old
Kids Cards can check out any materials in the library and have access to devices in the library.
12- through 17-years-old
Teen Cards can check out any materials in the library and have access to devices in the library.
18-years-old and up
Adult cards can be used to check out any materials in the library and provide access to devices in the library that are not reserved for children.
60-years-old and up
The library offers Fine Free Cards to any patrons over the age of 60. Please let us know if you are over 60 and would like a Fine Free Card. Fine Free cards still pay fees to check out DVDs and still owe for overdue DVDs.
Renewing Your Card
It’s easy to renew. Just let us know if your card is about to expire. Visit us or give us a call if you have a question.
If you are under 18, you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian to renew. You do not need to show a photo ID or proof of address, but your parent or legal guardian might.
Your Online Account
You can access your account online 24 hours a day. Find out more about your online account here.
If you live in Bloomington, you can use your Bloomington Public Library card here.
The first time you check out here, you’ll need to bring your BPL card, photo ID, and proof of your Bloomington address with you. Once we have you in our system, you can use your Bloomington card here to check out items. You will not be able to place holds from other libraries and you will not have access to our online resources. You will need to address those needs with the Bloomington Public Library, your home library.
Residents Outside of Bloomington-Normal
Even if you are not a resident of Bloomington or Normal, you can probably still check out materials here.
We have an agreement with most Illinois libraries that allows you to use your library card here. You’ll need to get a card from your home library first and bring it along when you visit us.
If your library is a member of the Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA), then your card will automatically work here.
You can see a list of RSA member libraries here.
If your library is not a member of RSA but is a member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), then you will need to register your library card in our system to use it. This is still a very easy process.
You can see a list of RAILS member libraries here.
Replacing a Lost Library Card
If you have lost your library card, we are happy to replace it for you. You’ll need to show a photo ID and you may need to prove your address.