Benefits of a Library Card

With your Ela Area Public Library card, you can …

It all starts with your Ela Library card.

Get a Library Card

Obtaining Your Library Card

To apply for a library card:

  • To obtain an Ela Library card you must live within the Ela Area Public Library District. The district includes most, but not all, of Lake Zurich, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods, and some surrounding unincorporated areas.
  • Bring two forms of identification both showing proof of current address within the Ela Library District to Checkout. One form must have a photo ID.
  • Children under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to apply for a library card.

Your Ela Library card expires three years from the date you receive it. To renew your card:

  • Bring two forms of identification both showing proof of current address within the Ela Library District.

Any business located in the Ela Area Library District may apply for the Ela Biz Card. The card will be issued to the owner or the principal officer of the business or to an officer who has the authority to assume financial responsibility for assessed fees or fines.

Requests must be accompanied by:

  • A document showing proof of responsibility or ownership, such as a tax bill, lease agreement, or utility bill reflecting the name of the business.
  • A photo ID.

Loan periods and fines are consistent with that of an Ela Library card.

Teacher cards are available to those who teach in schools within the Ela Area Public Library District. These cards allow teachers to check out materials for classroom use with an extended checkout period of six weeks. Find more information on the Resources for Teachers page.

Using Your Card at Other Libraries

You can use your library card at other public libraries in Illinois as part of the reciprocal borrowing program.

Contact the library you plan to visit to learn how you can use your card at their library.

Library District Map

Use this map to see if your address is within the Ela Area Public Library District.

People with cards from outside the district can also use the Ela Library. Please bring your home library card and identification so that we can open an account for you.