Library Cards

Electronic Resources Library Card Available

COVID-19 has forced libraries to adapt how we operate and offer services to our community. We are making our electronic resources and databases available to the community via electronic resources card. This will allow adult residents access to our electronic resources and databases. The electronic resources card is used to access electronic resources only and cannot be used to check out physical library material. Individuals may convert their electronic resources card to a full service library card by visiting the Belleville Public Library in person.

If you do not have a library card and you are an adult living within the corporate city limits of Belleville, you can complete and submit the Electronic Resources Library Card to apply for an electronic resources card, or call the library at 618-234-0441 and provide the required information over the phone.  

Obtaining or Renewing a Library Card

Library cards are processed during business hours until 30 minutes prior to closing. The Belleville Public Library is funded by property taxes, making it possible to obtain a library card at no additional charge to City of Belleville residents. 


Residents must bring a photo ID (driver's license or a state ID) and a piece of business mail (utility bill, bank statement, etc.) dated within the last 30 days as proof of residency.


Non-residents living in the Belleville High School district must bring a photo ID (driver's license or state ID), and will be required to pay a flat fee of $75 for a library card that is good for one year.  If you are in the Belleville High School district, but live closer to a city with a library (ie. Millstadt or Fairview Heights), you should go to that city's library for a non-resident card.


Applications for juveniles under the age of 18 must be completed in the library with both child and parent/legal guardian present.  Parent must bring photo ID and a piece of business mail, as mentioned above, to prove residency. Juveniles under the age of 18 will be linked to the parent or legal guardian.

Borrowing Policy

Patrons are financially responsible for all items checked out their library cards.
Patrons may check out a large variety of books and other materials.  The library limits the number of CDs, DVDs, and video games that can be checked out and reserves the right to limit the number of certain seasonal or special interest items. Reference materials may not be checked out.  Most items may be returned in the outside book drop, however, Hot Spots need to be returned inside at the circulation desk.

Loan Periods

Books, audio books, CD's, video games, DVDs, and magazines may be borrowed for 3 weeks. Most items are renewable.

Renewing Borrowed Items

Most items may be renewed twice, if there are no outstanding requests for the items. High demand or special interest items as well as some interlibrary loan items may not be renewable. You may renew in person, over the phone, or on the internet.

Fines/Late Return Fees 

There are no fines or fees resulting from late returns. The Belleville Public Library is a fine-free library.