Get a Library Card

Click here for the Library Card Application

Peru residents and non-resident property owners are issued a Peru Public Library card after completing an application and showing proof of Peru residency. To verify identity and residency, please bring a photo id with your current Peru address; or a photo id and one of these: current piece of first-class mail, current utility bill, property tax bill, rental lease, pre-printed check, car insurance card, a voter’s registration card, or other official documentation containing your current Peru address. A parent or guardian must complete the registration form for any minor under 18.

Under reciprocal borrowing, we honor library cards issued by other Illinois public libraries. Residents of other Illinois libraries need to bring their card issued by their home library.

Under the Illinois Statutes, (75 ILCS 5-4-7(12)), individuals living outside of Peru who do not have a home public library may qualify to purchase a library card at the Peru library if Peru library is the closest public library to the patron’s principal residence within the patron’s school district. The fee is determined by an Illinois State Library formula, as instructed by law. Effective 1 July 2016, the fee is $100.00 for the annual non-resident card.

You can print and complete the Library Card Application at home, however, you still must bring in required identification for library staff to verify and children under 18 must still have a parent or guardian present.

You can check out items the same day you receive your card. Your Peru Public Library card will be honored at other Illinois Public Libraries. If you have any questions about getting a library card please call us at 815-223-0229 or email at