Library Card

 

The Towanda District Library is a member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). You are entitled to use your Towanda library card at any public library across the state of Illinois (depending on the lending policies of the local library). So you may use the Bloomington and Normal public libraries, as well as other libraries in our area! A current date sticker on the back of your card is required for borrowing from other area libraries.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS POLICY

The Towanda District Library is a tax-supported library; residents within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Towanda District Library pay taxes to support the library. Those people who live within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Towanda District Library or those who own property within these boundaries need pay no additional fee to be eligible to receive their library card.

Library cards are renewed every three years without additional fees, provided the library cardholder continues to reside within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Towanda District Library and is a patron in good standing. There is a fee of $2.00 to replace damaged, destroyed, lost, or stolen library cards.

As a resident cardholder, the borrower identified on the valid borrower’s card may use the library card at another library to borrow material. Those materials are the responsibility of the individual who borrows them, and are subject to all of the fines, rules, and regulations of the lending library. Often libraries limit the borrowing privileges of such borrowers, and it is best to establish local rules and procedures before making your selections.

Adults wishing to register for a borrower’s card, renew an expired borrower’s card, or replace a lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed borrower’s card at the Towanda District Library must bring with them two forms of identification, at least one of which bears their name and address. These forms of identification, include, but are not limited to, driver’s license, utility bills, mail or voter’s registration card.

Children under the age of 14 must have a parent’s signature on any initial application for a library card. Parents are responsible for any material that their children borrow.

Non-Resident Library Cards: Individuals residing beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of the Towanda District Library and not within the boundaries of another public library, and owning no property within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Towanda District Library, may purchase a non-resident fee card for the price of $136.00 per family if our library is the closest public library to their place of residence (using school district as the initial boundary, then township if a second boundary is needed and then the county boundary if a third is needed to determine which library is closest). This fee entitles the entire family to use the Towanda District Library as well as libraries that participate in the non-resident reciprocal borrowing program.