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Use the Chicago Public Library

As a resident of the city of Chicago, you have access to many resources through the Chicago Public Library that complement those of IIT Libraries.

In order to set up a Chicago Public Library card, you will need to visit a local branch.

How Do I Get a Library Card?

Visit any CPL location to fill out a library card application. You’ll need to show a current, valid ID with your name, photo and Chicago address, such as any Illinois state-issued identification.

If you don’t have a photo ID with your name and current Chicago address, bring two pieces of current ID. One of these must include your name and Chicago address, and one must include your name and photo. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Personal check
  • Current telephone, gas, electric or cable bill
  • Mail postmarked within 30 days
  • Voter registration card
  • Post office box numbers are not accepted. If you don’t have a fixed address, you may use a letter certifying your Chicago residency from the social service agency where you receive mail.

More about CPL library cards.