Library Card Information

Learn, Enjoy and Explore with a Crystal Lake Public Library card!

Do you live within the city limits of Crystal Lake?            
While the Library is closed, apply via email for a Library card.

Individuals who live within the city limits of Crystal Lake may obtain a Library card by emailing identification that establishes residency. Email a photo of one of the following to jgibson@clpl.org.

  • Drivers license/state ID with current address or
  • Personal/payroll check that includes current address or
  • Mail or utility bill with current postmark

Applicants will receive a CLPL card number to access the Library’s resources. When the Library reopens, we ask applicants to stop by the Library to get a physical card. If your card has expired during this stay-at-home period, email jgibson@clpl.org to get the expiration date extended.

Printable Library card registration form Acuerdo Prestatario para imprimir


Do you live in unincorporated Crystal Lake?
Apply in person at the Circulation Desk

Individuals who reside outside the city limits of Crystal Lake may obtain a nonresident card by paying a fee equal to what the Library tax would be for that year if the property were inside city limits.

Contact Library circulation staff for the amount of the annual fee.

How do I know if I’m outside city limits?

Go to  www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-j-z/treasurer

Enter your name and/or address.

Select account/parcel number for matching entry.

In the right-hand menu box, select “Taxing Bodies” to see if you are paying taxes to the Library.


Do you have a library card from another public library?

Individuals with a valid library card from another Illinois public library are able to use the Crystal Lake Public Library and check out materials from our collection. Please contact the Circulation Department at 815.459.1687, x4 for information about registering your card at CLPL.


Special Cards

CLPL offers several additional types of cards that are available to businesses, nonresident taxpayers, schools and employees of the City of Crystal Lake. Please contact the Circulation Department at 815.459.1687, x4 for details.


Loan Periods & Fines

Material Loan Period Late Fine
Blu-rays 2 weeks $1.00 per day
Blu-rays New 1 week $1.00 per day
Books 3 weeks $0.10 per day
Books New 2 weeks $0.25 per day
CD Books 3 weeks $0.25 per day
CD ROMs 2 weeks $0.25 per day
Digital Projector/Screen 1 week $5.00 per day
DVDs 2 weeks $1.00 per day
DVDs New 1 week $1.00 per day
Hot Picks (all formats) 1 week $1.00 per day
ILL Materials (Special orders) varies $0.25 per day
ILL Materials (unclaimed) varies $1.00 per item
Kindle Fire tablets for Kids 2 hours $1.00 per hour
Kits 3 weeks $0.10 per day
Launchpads 3 weeks $5.00 per day
Magazines 2 weeks $0.10 per day
Mobile Hotspots 1 week $5.00 per day
Music CDs 3 weeks $0.25 per day
Playaways 3 weeks $0.25 per day
Portable device chargers 2 hours $1.00 per hour
Puzzles 3 weeks $0.10 per day
Video Games 2 weeks $1.00 per day
Video Games New 1 week $1.00 per day

Up to two automatic renewals are available for eligible items. Some items are non-renewable, such as Mobile Hotspots and Hot Pick materials. These items will never be automatically renewed.