Get a Library Card

Every Berwyn resident is encouraged to obtain a current Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) card.  Residents age 13 and under must have a parent or legal guardian present to accept responsibility for the minor’s account.  (Read the full Circulation Policy.)

To receive a first card, the applicant must verify identification and residency by choosing one option from each column below:

Column 1:
Verify Identification

Column 2:
Verify Residency

A)  Government issued photo ID
  • Must show responsible party’s name
  • May be either State or Federal


B)  High school issued photo ID

  • Must show responsible party’s name
  • Must be the current school year
A)  Showing one:
  • Current lease or mortgage statement
  • Utility bill, revolving account, or bank statement  issued within past 30 days
  • Official first class mail postmarked within past 30 days – “Or Current Resident” not accepted
  • Current car registration or auto insurance


B)  Having card mailed to residence

  • Initial restrictions apply, outlined below


Verification of Residency by Mail

The responsible party may choose to verify their residency by having the library card mailed to their residence.  Library cards will not be mailed to a Post Office Box; library notices may be received at a PO Box at patron request, but patron residence must remain on file.

If at any time a library card or notice is returned to the library through the post office, the patron’s account may be stopped, and the patron asked to provide proof of residency from Column 2, choice A (above), before further use is granted.

On the day a mailed card is issued, the patron may check out up two print items.