From books and movies to the MakerLab, your library card connects you to all the resources the Barrington Area library has to offer. Register for a card at our Customer Service desk or pre-register online today.

Want information on loan periods, interlibrary loan, and overdue fines? Details here.


Library cards are issued to individuals (and their family members) who own or rent property within the Barrington Public Library District. See a library district map.

To obtain a card, bring photo I.D. (driver’s license, state I.D., or school I.D.) with your in-district address. If your I.D. does not reflect your current in-district address, bring it along with proof of residence (such as a utility bill, property tax bill, bank statement, or lease).

A child in 8th grade or younger may receive a library card in his or her own name, with the signature of a parent or legal guardian following the above guidelines.


Businesses based in the Barrington Public Library District (see map) are eligible for a business library card.

To obtain a business library card, the business owner must bring photo I.D. and proof of business address (such as a business license, certificate of occupancy, property tax or utility bill) to the Customer Service Desk.

Reciprocal Borrowers

Live outside of the Barrington Public Library District, but interested in using our resources? Bring your home library card and photo I.D. in order to create a reciprocal borrower account here at the Barrington Area Library.

Renewing Your Card

Residential and Reciprocal cards expire after three years; Business cards expire after one year. To renew your card, visit the Customer Service Desk, or renew online.

Managing Your Card

Check your account online to renew and request items.

Lost your card? Contact Customer Service immediately to put a stop on your card (847-382-1300).