Any resident of Morton Grove may obtain a library card, renewable every three years, by filling out an application form and presenting a photo ID.
Identification used for proof of residency must have the applicant's name and current Morton Grove address (or a parent's/guardian's name in the case of a child). A youth library card will be issued to anyone under the age of 18. A parent or guardian must accompany any child under the age of 18 to the library and show his or her picture ID and verification of address with the child present.
Picture identification is required to replace a lost or stolen library card. Parents/legal guardians must sign a new application and provide picture ID to replace the card of children under 18.
A library card may be used only by the person/business to which it has been issued. To access his or her account the cardholder must present one of the following: a library card, valid government or school-issued picture ID. For more information on confidentiality please read our Confidentiality of Patron Records policy.
Morton Grove Public Library cardholders have access to the library collection and premium online resources to which the Library subscribes.
Checkout periods and procedures
The Library participates in the Illinois Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Morton Grove Public Library cardholders may register for a card and borrow materials at any participating library in Illinois.
In order to safeguard the collection and make materials available to as many people as possible, the Library charges fines for overdue materials. Borrowing privileges may be suspended until any overdue items are returned and fines and fees are paid. Cardholders may be referred to a collection agency for recovery of long overdue items or excessive fines.
The individual to whom the card is issued or the parent or guardian of a cardholder under the age of 18 are responsible for the following:
The return, in good condition, of all materials borrowed
Payment of fines incurred for any overdue, damaged or lost materials
Reporting a lost or stolen card immediately to avoid unauthorized use
Reporting promptly any changes in name, address, phone number and/or email address
All resident card types are valid for 3 years from the date of application; all other types are valid for 1 year. At any point after a card has expired, it can be renewed for a new 3-year/1-year period. For personal cards, identification must be shown at the time of renewal; the same types of identification as listed above for new applications are accepted.
Special Types of Cards
The Morton Grove Public Library offers a School Use card for eligible schools or preschools in Morton Grove. This School-Use-Only card will be issued at the written request of the school principal, director or school librarian on school letterhead, and must list the names of all teachers authorized to use the card. Individual cards will be issued in the name of each teacher listed in the written request and kept on file at the Library, as the privileges extended are for the Morton Grove Public Library only, and not for other libraries.
The Morton Grove Public Library offers Business Use cards, which may be used by anyone in the business for their business purposes. Business-Use-Only cards must be requested in writing, on the business's letterhead, by a principal official of the business or an official with the authority to assume financial responsibility for assessed fees or fines. The request must include the names of all employees authorized to use a card.
The Morton Grove Public Library offers a Homebound Patron Card to those patrons residing in Morton Grove who are unable to visit the library. “Homebound” is defined as being generally confined to the residence either temporarily, due to illness, or permanently, due to age, disability or other mobility problems.
Library Use by Non-Residents
The Morton Grove Public Library participates in the Illinois Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Any non-residents of Morton Grove who have a valid library card at their home library may register for a card and borrow materials at the Morton Grove Public Library, upon verification with the home library that the patron is in good standing. Reciprocal borrowers have a limit of ten items checked out per card at any given time.
Non-residents who own property in Morton Grove are eligible for Non-Resident Taxpayer cards. One family card will be issued per parcel of land. No additional cards may be issued for family members. In addition to identification, applicants must also present their most recent property tax receipt for the Morton Grove property. Non-resident taxpayer cards are valid for one year.
Non-residents who do not own property in Morton Grove may purchase a Non-Resident Fee card for up to ten family members living at the same address. Each family member will have his/her own card, although one adult family member's name will be listed as the primary cardholder. The same service policies apply to this type of card as to resident cards. The cost of a Non-Resident Fee card is based on the Library's tax rate and is updated each year; for the current cost, please contact the Library's Circulation Desk at 847-929-5103.
Approved by the Morton Grove Public Library Board of Trustees, September 18, 2014.
Additional Library Card Information
The following information provides specific details on the policy statements above.
Applying for a Library Card
Library card applicants must present one of the following forms of identification:
drivers license or state ID card
recent piece of first class mail (dated within the past two months)
mortgage or lease papers
vehicle registration or insurance card
Identification used for proof of residency must have the applicant's name and current Morton Grove address (or a parent's/guardian's name/address in the case of a child). New cards can be used immediately.
There is a $1.00 replacement charge for lost cards
Borrowing by Children
The Morton Grove Public Library does not restrict access to materials based on the age of the borrower; such limitations are the responsibility of the parent or guardian. However, parents/guardians may choose to prevent their child from borrowing R-rated DVDs and videotapes by completing and returning to the Library's Circulation Desk a "DVD and Videotape Loan Form." With this form on file, a child will be permitted to borrow DVD's and videotapes, from both the Youth Services and Adult Departments, rated G, PG, and PG-13, as well as unrated DVD's and videotapes. These forms expire on the child's 18th birthday.
Only information pertaining to Library materials -- items currently charged, and unpaid fines on returned materials -- will be provided to a child's parent/guardian, and only to those parents/guardians who are listed on the child's registration record. No personal information, such as an address or phone number, will be given out to anyone, parent or guardian.
Special Use Cards
School Use Cards: A written request for a School Use Card must be re-submitted each year for the renewal of the individual cards. A teacher using a School-Use-Only card will be asked to provide ID before each use of the card. The School-Use-Only cards may not be used to reserve any Library materials, to place interlibrary loan requests, or to borrow feature film DVDs. Other materials may be excluded from teacher-loan eligibility at the discretion of the Director, Head of Adult Services, Head of Youth Services or the Young Adult Services Librarian. Materials loaned on a School-Use-Only card will have a teacher loan period of six weeks with an option for one three-week renewal. The Library reserves the right not to renew the materials based on demand. A list of materials charged to a School-Use-Only card will be provided to the borrower. The items checked out should be checked against this list and the Library notified immediately of any discrepancies; otherwise, the school or day care center will be held responsible for all titles listed. The authorized school official's signature on the written request signifies the school's acknowledgement of financial responsibility for any unreturned materials, damage and/or late fees that are incurred by the teachers authorized as card users on the School-Use-Only Card written request.
Business Use Cards: Individual cards will be issued in the name of each employee listed in the written request and kept on file at the Library, as the privileges extended are for the Morton Grove Public Library only; these cards may not be used at other libraries. A written request must be re-submitted each year for the renewal of the individual cards. An employee using the Business-Use-Only card will be asked to provide ID before each use of the card. Business-use Only Cards are restricted to the borrowing of materials pertinent to the borrower's job. These cards may not be used to reserve Library materials, to place interlibrary loan requests, or to borrow feature videos/DVDs. A list of materials charged to a Business-Use-Only card will be provided to the borrower. The items checked out should be checked against this list and the Library notified immediately of any discrepancies; otherwise, the business will be held responsible for all titles listed. The authorized business official's signature on the written request signifies the business's acknowledgement of financial responsibility for any unreturned materials, damage and/or late fees that are incurred by the people authorized as card users on the Business-Use-Only Card written request.
Library Use by Non-Residents
As described in the policy above, non-Morton Grove residents with valid cards from another public library in Illinois can register their cards at the Morton Grove Public Library; they will not be issued MGPL library cards. Applicants must show one of the forms of identification listed above. Registration is valid for one year from the date of application, or until the expiration date of the user's home library card, whichever comes first.
Non-Resident Property Owners: The library card will be made out in the name of the responsible family member, but other family members who may use the card will be listed on the application. The same service policies apply to this type of card as to resident cards. The patron may retain the card; it does not remain at the Library. Non-resident tax-payer cards are valid for one year. To renew the card, the new year's property tax bill is required as proof of continued Morton Grove property ownership.
Non-Resident Fee Cards: To prevent "card shopping" (purchasing a non-resident fee card at the library with the lowest fee) the State of Illinois has established rules to determine at which library a non-resident may apply for a card. Generally, this is the library serving the school district in which the person lives; for complete information, see Public Library Non-Resident Services (Adopted at 26 Ill. Reg. 5974, effective July 1, 2002.)
Use of Other Libraries by Morton Grove Residents
Morton Grove residents with valid personal library cards (not business-use-only or school-use-only cards), non-residents with fee cards, and non-resident property owners may check out materials from any north or northwest suburban public library, from the Chicago Public Library, and from most other public libraries in Illinois. These reciprocal borrowing privileges are subject to the policies of the lending library, and may include limits on the types or number of materials that may be borrowed. A patron may return materials borrowed from other libraries to the Morton Grove Public Library, but the patron to whom the materials are checked out is responsible for the materials until they are received by the lending library and cleared from the patron's record.