Live outside Champaign?

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.

The cost of 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

  • 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 Illinois Heartland Library 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.

Live outside Champaign, but own property in Champaign?

If you live outside Champaign but own property in Champaign, there is no charge for a library card. You’ve already paid library taxes through your Champaign property tax bill. When you visit us to get a card, just bring along the most recent tax bill for your Champaign property as proof that you own the property.

Figuring the Cost


Just show us your latest lease or property tax bill, and we‘ll calculate the fee for your non-resident card.