Library Services

Free Library Cards for Unincorporated Residents


An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the DeKalb Public Library and the DeKalb Township will allow eligible residents of unincorporated DeKalb Township to register for a free library card. As part of its mission to provide services, including library services, to residents, the DeKalb Township will cover the cost of library cards for Township residents living outside the DeKalb Public Library’s service area. In short, this means that DeKalb Township residents living in "unincorporated areas" can now obtain a free library card that allows them access to the Library’s expansive resources and materials. The Library has over 100,000 books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks, with access to many more through the Inter-Library Loan system.

Unincorporated residents will bear the financial responsibility for lost and damaged items. They will follow the
same rules as all other patrons as pertains to their library card.

Only those residents of the Township who live in unincorporated areas of the Township and are not already
otherwise eligible to receive a library card from the Library, or from any other public library, are eligible to
receive a Nonresident Library Card under this Agreement. To register for a Library card, patrons must visit the
library with a photo ID and proof of residency at an unincorporated DeKalb address (lease, utility bill, piece of
mail, etc.).

Remember, Library cards are not required to participate in library events, workshops, and classes! The Township is excited to expand the Library's patron base through this agreement. By working together we will better serve our community. 

Visit the DeKalb Public Library to explore everything they have to offer residents. The DeKalb Public Library is open 7 days a week.

DeKalb Public Library


If you have any questions regarding this process, please call us at (815) 758-8282.