New Library Cards & Renewals
To apply for a library card, please bring two forms of identification to the Library's Checkout Desk, both showing proof of current address within the Ela Area Public Library District. The Library District includes most, but not all, of Lake Zurich, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods, and some surrounding unincorporated areas. To obtain an Ela library card you must live within our District.
Please note, your Ela Area Public Library card expires three years from the date you received it. Two forms of identification, both showing proof of current address within the Ela Area Public Library District, are needed to renew your card.
Some of the benefits of acquiring an Ela Library card include: access to the library’s online databases, ebooks, physical books, DVDs, and CDs, digital media labs, free music downloads, and a free library printing card.
You can use your library card at other public libraries in Illinois as part of the reciprocal borrowing program. People with cards from outside the Ela library district can use the Ela library. Please bring your library card and identification, so we can open an account for you.
Library Cards for Businesses
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, and a photo ID. We will also need a business card we can keep in our files.
Loan periods and fines are consistent with that of an Ela Library card. Some of the benefits of acquiring an Ela Biz card include: access to the library’s online databases, ebooks, physical books, DVDs, and CDs, digital media labs, free music downloads, and a free library printing card.