The cost of a non-resident card

The fee for your non-resident card is based on the amount of rent you pay, if you are a renter, or the value of your property, if you are a homeowner. The library accepts payments by credit card, check, or cash. You can also pay in 2 or 4 installments per year (installments include a $4 charge to cover processing costs).

Homeowners

If you live in the Champaign School District but outside the City of Champaign, you can get a non-resident card from the Champaign Public Library. (If you live in another school district, get a non-resident card at the public library in that district. You‘ll still be able to use that card at our library.)

To get your card, bring along:

  • A copy of your most recent real estate tax bill
  • Proof of your address, such as a bill or other official piece of mail

The cost of your card will be the assessed value of your property multiplied by .004222 (that‘s 42.22 cents per $100 value). The assessed value is about one-third the fair market value of your property. This is exactly the same calculation used to determine library taxes for Champaign homeowners.

For example, if the assessed value of your home were $40,000 (for a home with a market value of about $120,000), the cost of your card would be
.00422 x $40,000 = $168.80

New homeowners, see “Special Circumstances” below.

Renters

If you lease or rent your home in the Champaign School District but outside the City of Champaign, you can get a non-resident card from the Champaign Public Library.

When you apply for your card, bring along:

  • A copy of your lease
  • Proof of your address, such as a bill or other official piece of mail

First, we will estimate what the place you rent would be worth if you owned it. To determine this, your rent is multiplied by 24. Then we figure the cost of your card based on that amount, using the same tax rate that is applied to property owners.

For example, if your rent were $500 per month, your cost would be:
$500×24 = $12,000 (this is the estimated value of your apartment, etc.)
$12,000 x .004222 = $50.66

Special Circumstances

The cost of a non-resident card is determined by the Illinois State Library in these situations:

  • Property owners who have just built or moved into a home and don‘t have a complete tax bill yet
  • Tenant farmers, clergy, or others whose primary residence is provided as part of an employment contract
  • Mobile home owners
  • Other special circumstances
    For 2005–2006, that cost is $125.00 per year.

Questions about non-resident cards?

Please call us at 217/403–2000 or e-mail accountinfo@champaign.org