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LIBRARY CARD INFORMATION


The Harvard Diggins Library is a municipal library funded by property taxes collected on all residences within the city limits of the City of Harvard or by annual fees collected from non-residents outside of the city limits who wish to use the library.  A Harvard Diggins Library card is your ticket to all of the resources available in the library and at over 130 area libraries!  Residents of Harvard, ages 6 and up (ages 6-15 with parental signature) and non-residents can obtain a library card.  How can you get a card?  Follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1

Determine if you are a resident of the City of Harvard and reside within its city limits.  How do I do this?  Check the tax bill of your property or rental (see box below) and look for the following line item in the box labeled “taxing body” : HARVARD CITY LIBRARY.

  • If the line is present, you are a resident of the City of Harvard and you are supporting the library with your property taxes.  Continue to Step 2.
  • If the line is not present, then the residence is not within the city limits and the library is not receiving any tax support from the property.  An annual fee of $130.00 (amount determined as the equal amount paid by a resident taxpayer) per household is required for a library card.  Continue to Step 3.

McHenry County Property Tax Look-Up

Step 2

For residents:  Come to the library and fill out a form for each member of the household, 6 years of age and up who would like a card.  Present staff with your current picture I.D. (Driver’s License, State I.D.) and a piece of mail with your current address on it.  Library staff will then enter the information into our system and and we will issue a card(s).  Children ages 6-15 must apply for a library card with their parent/guardian present.

Step 3

For non-residents:  Come to the library and fill out a form for each member of the household, 6 years of age and up who would like a card.  Present staff with your current picture I.D. (Driver’s License, State I.D.) and a piece of mail with your current address on it.  Upon payment of the *annual fee, library staff will then enter the information into our system and we will issue a card(s).  Children ages 6-15 must apply for a library card with their parent/guardian present.  *The $130.00 annual fee may be paid in 2 increments of $65.00 each for 6 months.

Questions?

Come in to the library!  Staff are ready to help you with the process, including looking up your property online.  You can also ask staff about additional types of cards that are available to non-resident taxpayers, and non-resident children who qualify for the Illinois Cards for Kids program.  Getting a card takes only a few minutes and equals a year’s with of books, movies, magazines, research resources, and online content for your devices for your entire family!