Library Cards & Borrowing

Your Library card should be presented to checkout materials. If you have forgotten your card, materials can be checked out by presenting a driver's license. You are responsible for materials checked out on your Library account, so make sure you know where your card is and report lost or stolen cards promptly.
  1. Students
  2. Faculty & Staff
  3. Community Members
  4. Others

Any registered student may borrow materials from the Library. Obtain a card at the Circulation Services desk. You will be asked for:

If you have purchased a COD student ID card, please bring it to the Circulation Desk to have it activated.

Expiration dates:

  • in-district student library cards expire September 30th
  • out-of-district student library cards expire at the end of the semester

Online & Dual Credit Students

Students enrolled in online classes (your course location is "Internet") and Dual Credit high school students are able to obtain a Library card online. Go to the Online Student Card Request form for instructions. These student cards expire at the end of the semester, but they may be renewed if you take another online course by calling Circulation Services at (630) 942-2106.

Any faculty or staff member of COD may borrow materials from the Library. Obtain a card at the Circulation Services desk. You will be asked for

If you have a COD staff ID card, please bring it to the Circulation Desk to have it activated. You may also apply online for a temporary library card.

Expiration dates:

  • full-time faculty/staff cards expire every three years
  • part-time faculty/staff cards expire every year.

Retirees

COD retirees may borrow materials from the Library. In addition to a photo ID and proof of present address, you'll need to provide proof of COD retiree status.

COD retiree cards expire every three years.

Citizens of District 502 who are 18 years of age or older may obtain a library card. Present proof of present address, age, and a photo ID at the Circulation Services desk to obtain a card. Community members may borrow any materials which normally circulate except personal materials which have been placed on Reserve.

Community Library cards must be renewed every 3 years.

Out-of-District Borrowers

If you do not live District 502 but are employed in the District, you are also eligible for a library card. Please present a signed letter on company letterhead verifying employment, a photo ID, and proof of present address.

Out-of-district Library cards expire one year from date of issue.

Benedictine, Elmhurst, North Central, and Wheaton College Members

Faculty, staff, and students from these schools may obtain a borrower's card. Students must present proof of current enrollment and a photo ID at the Circulation Services desk to obtain a card. Faculty and staff may obtain a COD Library card by presenting a current staff identification card. You will have the same check out privileges as a community borrower except that Items on reserve for classes are not eligible for checkout by reciprocal members. Also you will have no off-campus access to the Library's databases.

Kids/Teens on Campus

Students in the Kids or Teens on Campus programs may have a Library card for the duration of their course. Contact your instructor for more information. Kids and Teens On Campus have the same responsibilities as other borrowers.

Other Students

Students and faculty from other institutions who are attending classes located on the COD campus may obtain a Library card for the duration of the course. Contact Circulation Services for more information.

Proof of Residency

Acceptable forms for proof of residency in C.O.D. District 502 include any of the following as long as they are current and contain your current address:

  • Illinois driver's license
  • Car registration
  • Bill for car insurance
  • Renter's or homeowner's insurance bill
  • Lease
  • Copy of income tax return (IL or US)
  • Tax bill
  • Voting receipt
  • Other notices from the Board of Elections if dated & addressed