Library Card - Non-Resident

Description: If you live outside the Champaign city limits in an area that isn't served by another local public library, you can purchase a non-resident card. A card costs you exactly the same if you live outside Champaign as it would if you lived in Champaign. The difference is that non-residents pay the fee directly to the library. Champaign property owners pay for library service in their property tax bill. Champaign landlords also pay library taxes; they pass along that cost to their tenants. We ask non-residents to pay for library cards so that everyone who uses the library contributes their fair share. We'll help you figure the cost of your card.

How non-resident cards work:

  • The payment for a nonresident card is not tax deductible, either as a charitable contribution or as a property tax.
  • You must get your non-resident card at the public library in your school district (which may not be the Champaign Public Library).
  • Non-resident cards may be used at any library in the Lincoln Trail Libraries System, including those in Urbana, Mahomet, Tolono, and other nearby towns.
  • Non-resident cards are good for one year; they can be renewed each year.
  • Payment can be made by check or with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.
  • Additional cards for your household are free.
  • If you prefer, you can pay for your card in two or four installments per year. There is a $4 annual charge for installments to cover the cost of additional paperwork.

Source: Champaign Public Library
Date Last Revisited: 1/27/07