Getting a Library Card

Library cards are available free of charge to Bridgeview residents upon presentation of a picture ID and two items proving residency showing your current Bridgeview address.

Picture IDs:

Illinois State Driver's License
State of Illinois Identification Card

Proof of Bridgeview Residency:
Utility Bill
Voter Registration Card
Current Mail with a Bridgeview address
Insurance Cards with a Bridgeview address
Checkbook/Checks printed with a Bridgeview address

Juvenile Cards:  A parent or legal guardian must present a picture ID and proof of residency as stated above and fill out the application card for their children. Parents are responsible for all materials loaned to juvenile patrons.

Bridgeview Public Library is a member of the RAILS Library System. 
Your library card will be honored at:
  • any of the public libraries in the RAILS Library System
  • all academic libraries in the RAILS Library System
  • any public library in several other library systems in Illinois, including Chicago Public Library


Please bring your library card and a picture ID to the circulation desk.

Circulation staff will renew the card for another 2 years.

A parent must renew cards for children under the age of 18.

All fines and fees on the account must be paid before a card can be renewed.  



Please report a lost or stolen card.  Cardholders are responsible for materials checked out on their cards until the card is reported lost or stolen.

Lost Cards
A fee of $5.00 is charged for replacement of a current library card. All outstanding fines /fees MUST be paid at time of card replacement.

To replace a lost or stolen card, a patron must prove residency in the village of Bridgeview in the same way as in the original card application.

Patrons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to replace a lost card.

Lost or Damaged Materials

When an item is lost or damaged you may pay the cost to replace the item, OR you can purchase a new, identical copy. In addition, a processing fee will be charged for items needing replacement. Processing fee is $5.00

In the event that a lost item is found within 2 weeks after the due date, a refund for the price of the material will be issued. 

The processing fee is non-refundable.

Fees that are charged for replacement parts are non-refundable.  


Checkout Fees:
DVDs, Blu-rays, DVD-TV series and video games cost $1.00 to
check out and another $1.00 at renewal.
*Patrons 65+ do not have to pay checkout fees

Materials with a 3 week loan period that are renewable:           

Books on CD        
Music CDs    

Materials with a 2 week loan period that are renewable:
DVD-TV series  (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)

Materials with a 1 week loan period that are renewable:
DVDs                (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)
Blu-ray              (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)
Video Games    (Renewal can only be done in the library plus $1.00)

Overdue fines are charged at the rate of 10 cents per day for each item.

Overdue DVDs, Blu-rays and Video Games are charged at the rate of $1.00 per day for each item. >