Your library card gives you access to all of the resources available to the community at the Normal Public Library. Anyone who lives in Normal is able to get a Normal Public Library card.
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.
Once you have your card in hand start using it - borrow items, log in online, download or stream media, and more! Attend our events and share with your family and friends all the wonderful things available to you with your community library card.
Types of Cards
All of these cards allow check out of any item and have access to devices in the library and all of our online resources, including movies, ebooks, and music.
- Kids Cards are for kids from birth through 11-years-old and will need a parent to have ID and be present
- Teen Card are for ages 12- through 17-years-old and will need a parent to have ID and be present
- Adult Card are for residents ages 18-years-old and up
College students are encouraged to get library cards! As long as your dorm, apartment, or house is in Normal, you are entitled to a Normal Public Library card. Be sure to bring along a photo ID and proof of your current Normal address the first time you visit us each school year.
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.
Unit 5 Library Card Project
We are working with McLean County Unit 5 School District to ensure every elementary student in Unit 5 receives a library card from his or her home library to check out books and access online resources.
Your Online Account
You can borrow books from other libraries in our system using holds. In our online catalog, click on the drop-down menu that reads “Normal Public Library” and switch to “All RSA Libraries.” When you find the item you’re looking for, click on Place Hold.
Normal residents may request books from other libraries through the Normal Public Library. Bloomington and other residents may request books from other libraries from their home library.
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, but the Bloomington Public Library can help you out with those.
Residents Outside of Bloomington-Normal
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 a quick and easy process.
- You can see a list of RAILS member libraries here.