Illinois Public Law 92-0166 states that "A person residing outside of a public library service area must apply for a nonresident card at the public library located closest to the person's principal residence." The rules further require that a list of all participating libraries be made available to the public. Below is a list of the participating public libraries in the DuPage Library System service area.
For additional information about public library nonresident services and the fee methods listed below, please refer to the Illinois State Library website.
DLS Public Library Nonresident Library Card Participation
DLS libraries are now members of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, created on July 1, 2011 by the merger of five library systems, including DLS.
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
|DLS Public Library||Participating?||Fee Method|
|Addison Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Aurora Public Library||Yes||General Mathematical Formula|
|Bartlett Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Batavia Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Bensenville Community Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Bloomingdale Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Carol Stream Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Franklin Park Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Geneva Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Glen Ellyn Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Glenside Public Library District (Glendale Heights)||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Helen M. Plum Memorial Library (Lombard)||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Itasca Community Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Kaneville Public Library District||Yes||General Mathematical Formula|
|Messenger Public Library of North Aurora||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Naperville Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Oak Brook Free Public Library||Yes||General Mathematical Formula|
|Poplar Creek Public Library District (Streamwood and Hanover Park)||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Roselle Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|St. Charles Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Sugar Grove Public Library District||Yes||General Mathematical Formula|
|Town and Country Public Library District (Elburn)||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Villa Park Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Warrenville Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|West Chicago Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Wheaton Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Winfield Public Library||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
|Wood Dale Public Library District||Yes||Tax Bill Method|
a) General Mathematical Formula:
- To determine the minimum non-resident fee, a local library should divide the library income from local property tax sources or its equivalent by the local population to determine the cost of service per capita. The library should multiply the per capita figure by the average number of persons per household in the community to obtain the average cost per household on which to base a fee for a family card. The most recent federal census information available shall be used in determining population and household size.
- Library income from local property tax sources excludes State and federal funds.
b) Tax Bill Methods:
- Non-Resident Taxpayer: The library tax rate or equivalent, including all special levies, is applied to the non-resident property owner�s principal residence assessed valuation on an individual, case by case basis. The most recent property tax bill will be used. The property owner will pay the same amount as would be paid if the property were in the library service area.
- Non-Resident Renter: The library shall either charge a minimum of 15 percent of the monthly rent as the annual non-resident fee, or devise its own formula. The local formula shall take into account the average local rent of the general community of the public library, property tax rate, and the non-resident fee for residential homeowners. The library board shall annually determine the percent to be applied to non-resident renters. The renter shall provide to the public library a current rent receipt or a cancelled rent check for verification purposes.