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Library Cards

Residents of the City of Belvidere may obtain library cards for free by producing identification showing their current address since they or their landlords pay library property taxes.

Library Card Policy

A valid Ida Public Library card is necessary to check out materials and to use the interlibrary loan services. Public computers require a valid Ida Public Library card, Computer Use Only card, or a purchased Guest Pass.

All traditional and family library card holders have access to all of the Ida Public Library’s materials and services, including electronic materials and databases.

Any materials checked out under a library card are the responsibility of that card holder. That includes materials returned to a book drop bin.

Responsibility for the reading, listening, and viewing of library materials by patrons 17 years old or younger rests with the parents or legal guardians. A parent or legal guardian must sign for persons 17 years old or younger. Library staff will not disclose borrowing records to any persons not listed on the library card account or who are not a linked card holder. Signing your name to the back of any library card agrees to the statements listed above.

TRADITIONAL AND FAMILY LIBRARY CARDS

Resident Library Cards – Traditional Library Cards
Residents of the City of Belvidere or those who own property in the City of Belvidere may obtain traditional library cards at no additional cost by producing a valid photo identification listing the current address. A valid photo identification listing the current address or an official piece of mail with valid photo identification must be present when signing up for a library card. Traditional library cards expire every three years.

Non-Resident Library Cards – Family Library Cards
Boone County residents who live outside of incorporated Belvidere may purchase family library cards on an annual basis that provide the same services as a traditional library card. Family library cards are given to each member living in the household and expire every year.
Non-resident property holders may purchase family library cards using the tax bill method. The tax bill method is as follows: the annual fee is .20% (.0020) of the assessed valuation or the taxable value of the property of residence. A valid photo identification listing the current address or an official piece of mail with valid photo identification must be present when signing up for a library card. The minimum fee for a library card is $35.00.

Non-resident renters are assessed 20% (.20) of the amount of their monthly rent. A rent receipt or cancelled rent check is required as proof of rent. A valid photo identification listing the current address or an official piece of mail with valid photo identification must be present when signing up for a library card. The minimum fee for a library card is $35.00.

All non-resident mobile homes owners and renters are charged $35.00 for a family card.

OTHER TYPES OF LIBRARY CARDS

Computer Use Only Cards
Computer Use Only cards are for patrons ineligible for a traditional library card and are for use of the public computers only.

Computer Use Only cards may be purchased on an annual basis for $5.00.

eMaterial Library Cards
An eMaterial Library card is able to access all eMaterials provided by the Ida Public Library including but not limited to eBooks, eAudiobooks, streamed movies, and library databases. The eMaterial Library Card can be purchased on an annual basis for $35.00 and only to Boone County residents who are ineligible for a traditional library card.

A valid photo identification listing the current address or an official piece of mail with valid photo identification must be present when signing up for a library card.

Organization Cards
Area organizations may receive a traditional library card.

A valid photo identification and proof of employment must be present when signing up for an organization card. Organization cards expire every three years.

Teacher Library Cards
Teacher Library Cards are available to those working within Boone County and are good for one school year expiring each year on June 15th.

Teacher Library Cards can be used only to check out teaching materials in book format only. No personal items will be allowed to be checked out using a Teacher Library Card.

Teacher Library Cards can be used to place holds for teaching materials and for Ida Public Library materials only.

Tutor Library Cards
Tutor Library Cards are available to those working within Boone County and expire every year.

Tutor Library Cards can be used only to check out teaching materials in book format only. No personal items will be allowed to be checked out using a Tutor Library Card.

Tutor Library Cards can be used to place holds for teaching materials and for Ida Public Library materials only.

RECIPROCAL BORROWERS

Library card holders residing outside of the Ida Public Library service area but within another public library service area with reciprocal borrowing authorization may borrow materials with a valid library card in good standing.

A short registration and a phone call to the reciprocal borrower’s home library are required.

Reciprocal Borrowers will have privileges similar to Ida Public Library card holders, though no holds or interlibrary loans will be allowed. Ida Public Library cardholders have priority on all holds lists.

Borrowing Policy

Library materials are city property. Patrons will be charged for the replacement cost of materials that are lost or damaged, plus a processing fee.

Borrowing time limits are as follows:

Books and Audiobooks – 3 weeks
Music CDs – 3 weeks

Magazines – 3 weeks
Movies – 1 week
Interlibrary Loan – Varies according to the lending library

Renewals

Most materials may be renewed twice unless it has been reserved for another patron. Renewals may be made by in person, by phone or online at www.niclibraries.org.

Fines

Fines will be levied for any materials not returned by the due date stamped at the time the materials are checked out of the library.

Adult Materials – 10 cents per day
Children’s Materials – 10 cents per day
Videos – 50 cents per day
Audiobooks, Music CDs – 10 cents per day

Checkout Limits

Child Card – 20 items, Child Cards do not allow DVD checkouts
Adult Card – 50 items
DVDs – 10 per card including DVDs from other libraries
Books and other materials – Up to 50 items total