Paris Carnegie Public Library receives its financial support from property taxes within the City of Paris. Library cards are available, without additional fee, to residents inside city limits and nonresidents who are city taxpayers.

Getting a library card

  • When applying for a library card, please bring identification that includes your name and current address. Post office boxes are accepted as mailing addresses, but not as residency. Proof of your actual physical address must be presented. 
  • A photo ID such as a drivers license or state identification card is preferred. If the address is not correct on your photo ID, a voter registration card, recent rent receipt, utility bill, or recent postmarked mail (within 30 days) is accepted.
  • Children aged 5 and older may have library cards; under 14 must have the signature of a parent or guardian.  The parent is asked to show proof of address.

Cards for nonresidents who are city taxpayers

If you live outside the city limits of Paris, but own property inside the city limits, you may be eligible for a library card at no additional cost.  In addition to proof of address, please bring your most recent tax bill for the property that shows payment of taxes to Paris Library.  According to state law (75 ILCS 16/30-55.60 (3)), only one nonresident taxpayer card may be issued (in an owner's name) per parcel of property.

Nonresident cards

  • If you live in an area in Illinois that pays no library taxes and do not own property in an area that does, you may purchase library cards for an annual household fee.  The nonresident fee is required by Illinois state law and is based on an average amount residents are taxed for library services.
  • Illinois law (75 ILCS 16/30-55.60) states that Illinois residents living outside a public library service area must apply for nonresident library cards at the public library closest to their principal residence. "Closest public library" is defined as one within your school district or that serves a portion of your school district, unless another public library is physically closer to your residence. 
  • You may purchase a card at Paris Public Library if you live outside the Paris city limits and in Paris District 95 or Crestwood Unit 4.  Paris Public Library's current annual fee is $32.00. It covers all members of your household. If you live beyond Unit 4, you may have to purchase your card at another library, but may use that card here.

Paris Carnegie Public Library, Chrisman Public Library, Newman Regional Library District, and Kansas Community Memorial Library have agreed that people livingin Shiloh School District with a  

  • Paris address may purchase nonresident cards at Newman Regional Library or at Paris Public Library.
  • Redmon address may purchase cards at Newman Regional Library, Paris Public Library, or Kansas Community Library. 
  • Metcalf address may purchase cards at Newman Regional Library or Chrisman Public Library.
  • Brocton or Hume address may purchase cards at Newman Regional Library.

Using your library card

  • Other people may not use your library card. If you do not have your library card when you check out materials, we may ask to see a photo ID.
  • We will give you one free replacement if you lose your card.  Each additional replacement is $1.00.
  • When your card expires, please don't throw it away. We will update it so your current barcode will still be active.


Using your card at other public libraries

  • A valid library card may be used to check out items at other public libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System.  Please have your card with you. If you have fees or late items that block your card, you must pay the fees or return the items before checking out materials. You may do this at any SHARE public library.  An expired card must be renewed at your home library.
  • Your library card will not access another library's online resources.
  • If your card is from an Illinois public library outside our SHARE online group, we will check with your home library before borrowing privileges are allowed.

Paying fees and fines online

e-payYou may pay library fines and fees from home using your MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card at our e-Pay site. The Illinois Treasurer's Office provides this secure way to make online payments, but there are some restrictions: we cannot process your credit card payment over the phone or at the front desk. A sliding convenience fee (minimum $1.00) will be added to your payment.  Paris Public Library does not charge or collect this fee.