Types of Library Cards
In addition to our regular card for local residents, library cards are available for many other nearby residents and agencies. Click on the folowing links to learn more about the different card types.
Regular borrowing privileges are extended to Iowa City residents, to persons owning property in Iowa City, and to residents who live or own property in areas covered by contracts for library service: rural Johnson County and the cities of Hills and University Heights.
Open Access Cards
Persons living within the service area of an Iowa library that participates in the statewide Open Access program are eligible for reciprocal library cards. Applicants must present photo identification and proof of residence address, and an Iowa City Public Library card will be issued.
Some restrictions apply: Open Access borrowers do not have remote access to some online collections and reference sources; they cannot borrow equipment; and they must make interlibrary loan requests through their home library.
To avoid fines on library materials, Open Access borrowers should know the following:
- All nonprint materials must be returned to the lending library.
- Books returned to other libraries and mailed to us will be checked in when returned to us. You are responsible for all items checked out in your name until they are returned.
Nearby communities whose libraries participate in the Open Access program include Coralville, Kalona, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oxford, Solon, Tiffin and West Branch. Contact us or your local library to verify Open Access participation.
Persons without a permanent address in this service area and who will be here one to six weeks are eligible for temporary cards. Temporary borrowers may have only two items checked out at a time. Those eligible for temporary cards must provide their temporary local address and their permanent residence address.
Children of any age are eligible for library cards. If accompanied by a parent, the parent must have identification and address verification. If unaccompanied, the child must be able to give complete application information. A letter will be sent to the parent of children in 6th grade or younger to inform them of the child's receipt of a card. Checkout may be limited to two items if parent is not present at time of application.
Older children (7th grade and up) not accompanied by a parent need to have photo identification (issued at local schools) and address verification (mail recently sent to the child is acceptable). Checkout may be limited to two items if parent is not present at time of application.
There are no age restrictions for borrowing or using library materials and resources. Responsibility for a child's selection and return of materials, and any fines or charges accrued on the child's card, is held by the parent or guardian of the child.
Business and Institutional Cards
Businesses and institutions located in areas eligible for direct public service (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills, and University Heights) may apply for an institutional card. There are some restrictions on borrowing. Please inquire at the Library Help Desk.