Obtaining a Library Card


• Persons who reside or own property within the corporate city limits of Murphysboro are eligible for a library card at no additional charge. A photo ID and a current bill or other official document that shows the current street address of the applicant must be presented at the time of application.  The bill or official document may be electronic or printed.  Examples include but are not limited to, current bank statement, current lease contract, and current automobile registration.

• Non-resident property owners must present a current tax bill. Proof of ownership is required yearly. Library cards may be used throughout the library system.

Persons residing outside the corporate city limits may purchase a card for $85 per year. Illinois State Law requires that citizens who live outside a library support area pay a fee equivalent to the local tax levy for library support if they wish to obtain a library card. The library is funded by a levy on real estate within the corporate city limits of Murphysboro.

Children may apply for a card at age five. A parent’s signature and proof of address is required for children ages five through eighteen. Parents are responsible for all charges accrued on their children’s cards.

New Patrons
For the first 60 days, while a new account is being established, new patrons are limited to 5 items checked out at a time  and are limited to using only the Sallie Logan Public Library.

• At the end of 60 days patrons may check out up to 50 items, place 20 holds, and use any library in the Illinois Heartland Library System.

• If you are a patron of another library, reciprocal borrowing privileges are available. Non-Sallie Logan cardholders are limited to 5 checkouts per card and no holds.

• Holds and interlibrary loan requests must be placed at your home library.

• Internet access is available for a fee of $3 for 30 minutes.

Lost cards are replaced at a cost of $3.

• Library cards will not be issued to applicants who owe fines or fees at another library or if another person at the same address has fines or fees.