Getting a Library Card and Card FAQs

Who can get a card?

Cards are issued free to residents (kindergarten through Adult) of the Vespasian Warner Public Library District.  The District encompasses the Clinton Unit 15 boundaries with the exception of Tunbridge Township.  Tunbridge Township residents must pay an annual non-resident fee to obtain a library card.

What if I don't live in the district?

The Vespasian Warner Public Library District participates in the Illinois State Library's Non-Resident Card Program.  The annual fee is based on the tax bill of the non-resident. You can pay your non-resident fee online by visiting our E-pay page. If you live in a different library district and have a card in good standing, you are welcome to use your card here.

How do I get a library card?

Residents need to provide state-issued photo I.D. with their current address, showing they live within the Vespasian Warner Library District, to obtain a library card. If the resident's photo I.D. does not have their current address on it, the resident will also need to provide an official document with their current address. Examples include: a piece of mail, a check or check stub, rent receipt, or vehicle registration. For children, the parent or legal guardian needs to provide the above information.  Those who reside in Tunbridge Township will need to bring in a photo I.D. and their tax bill.  Tax bills can be looked up online by clicking here.


What if I lose my card?

You can replace your library card for $1.00.


Do I have to have my card with me to check out?

Yes, patrons must have their cards with them in order to check out. If you do not have your card with you, you may present State of Illinois photo I.D. instead. Children's cards are kept at the library until they reach junior high age. 


Is there a limit on how many items I can borrow?

There are no limits on books, audio books, or magazines. There is a limit of 10 DVDs, 5 CDs and 3 videogames per household. 


What if the library doesn't have the item I want to borrow?

As a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System, our patrons have access to millions of items from more than 450 libraries throughout the state. If you cannot find what you are looking for in the library, we can borrow it for you from another library. Inter-library loan materials will be held for five working days after which time they will be sent back.  You can request items in person, over the phone, through email or from home from by going to the SHARE website.   Stop at the library to get your barcode and password to access the website.


Can I use my card at other libraries?

Yes! Your unexpired Vespasian Warner Public Library card is valid at any public library in the state of Illinois. 

May I renew items?

Items may be renewed by stopping in, calling the library or through the on-line catalog. Stop at the library to get your barcode and password to access the website. Please note, if other patrons have requested the item(s), the library may not renew them. 


What if I return my items late?

The Vespasian Warner Public Library is fine free, so you will not be penalized for returning items late. However, if you have more than two overdue items on your account or any items that are overdue by more then five days, you may not check out, use the public access computers or rent a room until the items have been returned.


What if I lose or damage an item?

Patrons who lose or damage an item must pay the replacement cost for it before they are permitted to check out more items, use the public access computers or rent a room. If a patron pays for a damaged item it is theirs to keep. If a patron finds a lost item once it has already been paid for they may receive a refund if: 1) the item is in good condition 2) the library has not already replaced the item 3) the patron has a payment receipt. 

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