Library Cards

Library cards are free for adults and children who live in incorporated Arlington Heights.
Check to see if your address is within AHML district boundaries or call the library at (847) 392-0100.



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Arlington Heights Residents

Resident cards do not expire while you reside within the Arlington Heights library district

To obtain a library card bring a valid photo ID with your current address* to the Checkout Desk.

*Illinois driver's license or State ID with name and current address. If your address is not current on your identification, you will also need to show a utility bill or first-class mail with name and address postmarked within the past two weeks, a rental agreement or tax bill to verify current residency.

Library Cards

Minor Cards

Parents have the ability to control the borrowing level for children under 17.

A parent or guardian must indicate which borrowing option they want for their child. 

The options are:

  • Full Service Card - All library items and services are available to the child.
  • Under 17 Card - All items and services, except for R-rated or unrated DVDs and M-rated video games, are available to the child. This restricted option expires the month following their 17th birthday.
  • Under 12 Card - Borrowing privileges are limited to the Kids' World collection. This restricted option expires the month following their 12th birthday.

Based on vendors’ abilities to accommodate, access to some eBook & download services may also be restricted according to borrowing level. Access to online databases (research tools and online learning) is not restricted by borrowing level.

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Veteran and Armed Forces Library Cards

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is pleased to now offer a special library card for current and former members of the United States Armed Forces. In addition to offering the same benefits as standard resident library cards, this card will also allow the cardholder to print up to the cost equivalent of 100 black and white letter pages per week at no charge, and will not accrue overdue fines. Fees for non-returned or damaged items will still be charged. Any active-duty military or veteran resident of Arlington Heights is eligible for this card.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation has donated the funds to print the cards with a U.S. flag design and the words, “thank you for your service.”

If you already have a library card and you would like to replace it with a new veteran and armed forces card, present one of the following approved forms of ID to the library Checkout Desk:
• Veteran designation on IL Driver’s License
• Active military ID cards
• DD214, DD256, or NGB Form 22

If you do not already have a library card, please visit the library and provide your ID with the current address, along with one of the above-approved forms of ID to receive a new Veteran and Armed Forces library card. Please contact the library with any questions.

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Business Library Cards

Business and nonprofit organizations in Arlington Heights are eligible for business library cards. Up to three employees may be authorized for services and materials. Business cards must be renewed every year.

Complete an application and submit a business card at the Checkout Desk.

The business owner or primary managing agent is required to sign the application prior to library card pickup.

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Renewing a Library Card

Residents

Library cards will automatically be renewed while you reside within the Arlington Heights Memorial Library district

All overdue items must be returned and all outstanding charges must be paid before the card will be renewed.

Businesses

Submit your renewal request on your business stationery with the names of up to three employees authorized to use the business card.

You may request renewal at the Checkout Desk in the library, by email to circquestion@ahml.info or by sending your request to:

Circulation Services Department, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004.

All overdue items must be returned and all outstanding charges must be paid before the card will be renewed.

Renew your business library card here

Other Arlington Heights Users

Library cards can be renewed at the Checkout Desk. You will need to provide the same documentation as when you originally registered for your library card. All overdue items must be returned and all outstanding charges must be paid before the card will be renewed.

If you need access online and your card is expired, we can update your card for a short period to give you time to come in to renew. For more information or ADA accommodations, call us at 847-392-0100 during library hours.

Non-Residents

Library cards can be renewed at the Checkout Desk. You will need to provide the same documentation as when you originally registered your local library card. All overdue items must be returned and all outstanding charges must be paid before the card will be renewed.

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If You Aren't an Arlington Heights Resident

Use cards from other Illinois libraries

You can use cards from other Illinois libraries at AHML. By registering your card you will be able to check out up to 10 items and use many of the library's databases while here. Some items and services are limited to Arlington Heights cardholders.

To register your card:

  • Bring your valid home library card and current identification to the Checkout Desk on the first floor.
  • You must renew your registration every three years.

Purchase an Arlington Heights Memorial Library card

Other public library full-service cardholders are eligible to purchase a full-service Arlington Heights Memorial Library card that is valid for one year for $442 or six months for $221.

Call us at 847-392-0100 for additional information.

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Lost Cards

Call us to report a lost or stolen card. You are responsible for any activity on a missing card.

We'll get a new library card ready for you. You'll be able to pick it up at the Checkout Desk the next time you are in.