Current COVID-19 Update

The library building is open for limited in-person services. Patrons can pick up holds, visit our service desks for quick reference and reader’s advisory services, access the self-serve copy machine located at the front of the building, browse and check out materials. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two years. Computer usage and research are suspended until further notice. Click here for more information on currently available services.

Click here for Plum Pickup Service.

Get a Library Card

Helen Plum vintage Plum house design card
Helen Plum Library Card classic design
Helen Plum library "My First Card" design

A library card is available to anyone who lives within the Helen Plum Library District. Please review the library's Lending Guidelines.

Sign up for a new card:

Step 1: Complete the online form.

Step 2: A Patron Services staff member will contact you via email to complete the process and provide your new library card number.

Step 3: Bring the necessary ID (see below) to the Front Desk when picking up your new card.

Step 4: Enjoy your new Helen Plum Library card!

Renew your library card:

Step 1: Complete this online renewal form.

Step 2: A staff member will contact you via email to complete the process

 

 

When picking up your new library card:

You will need to bring one form of current identification from the list below.

  • Driver’s license or state ID
  • Tax or utility bill
  • Bank statement or pre-printed check
  • Mortgage or lease
  • Piece of first-class mail addressed to you with a current postmark

We require a parent or guardian’s signature for all children under the age of 18. Library cards expire every three years.

We offer library cards for everyone!

A nonresident card is for families who live outside the Helen Plum Library District, commonly called unincorporated Lombard. A fee is determined for a nonresident card by using the same method for determining resident taxpayers’ annual rate, using the Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) appearing on a registrant’s tax bill.

 

If you are renting outside the Library District, the fee is determined according to Illinois statute. Qualifying renters may purchase a library card by paying an annual fee equal to 15 percent of their monthly rent as indicated on their lease. Once the fee is paid, all family members residing at that residence can receive a library card. Please be sure to bring your most recent property tax bill or lease if you are renting. Unincorporated renter’s cards expire annually.

A property owner within the boundaries of the Library District may obtain a library card at no cost. Please be sure to bring your most current property tax bill. Only one card is issued. Cards for property owners expire every three years.

A business card can be obtained by those who own a business within the Library District. The business owner must present a letter, on company letterhead, stating the desire to have a business library card. The library card will be opened in the business’s name with the company’s top administrator being responsible for all account activity. Business library cards expire every three years.