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How to get a card

To obtain or renew your card, you will need to present photo identification and proof of current address inside the city limits of Marion. A driver’s license is preferred.

Children ages 5 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to apply for a library card. The parent or legal guardian must present his or her photo identification and proof of current address inside the city limits of Marion. A driver’s license is preferred.

Your card is not transferable to any other person. We will issue a separate card to each person in your household. We strongly encourage you not to allow others to use your card. You are responsible for all charges on your library card.

If your card is lost, you will be charged $1 to replace it.

Your Marion Carnegie Library card is valid for three years. We will verify your address every year and renew your card every three years. If you move outside of the city limits, you will need to purchase a non-resident card.

Your library card is accepted by most other public libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System.  Patrons from most other Illinois public libraries may also check out materials directly from Marion Carnegie Library.

If your home library is not a member of the SHARE online card catalog system, you may still request reciprocal borrowing privileges by presenting a valid library card from your home library and a photo ID.   You must be in good standing with your home library.   Modified borrowing privileges include:

  • Check out limit of ten items
  • One request at a time may be placed for an item from another library
  • No PIN will be issued, so a guest pass is needed to access the library’s computers 

If you live outside the city limits of Marion, but own property inside the city limits, you are entitled to receive a library card. You must present your photo identification and the current year’s property tax bill. You must renew your card annually.

If you live outside Marion’s city limits, Illinois state law requires (75 ILCS 5 Illinois Local Library Act) that you pay a non-resident fee. This fee entitles you to a card for each member of your household.

The current 1 year non-resident card fee is $112.50.

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Temporary cards are issued to Marion residents that are living in transitional housing. Your cards may be renewed every three months. You are allowed modified privileges that include:

· Check out limit of one item.

· A PIN will be issued to allow access to the library’s computers.

You may check out up to 30 items on your library card (note exceptions for reciprocal and temporary cards).

Books, magazines, educational kits and audio books three weeks, two renewals, new items limit of five.
Movies (limit of 3) seven days, no renewals.

Reference materials, genealogy, local history, microfilm and current magazine issues do not check out.
Materials borrowed from other libraries:  Loan period determined by the lending library, therefore renewals may be limited.