Library Cards

Temporary Library Cards for Access to Electronic Resources 

During the temporary closure of the Belleville Public Libraries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, electronic resources and databases will still be available. Until the libraries are reopened,  we are offering temporary library cards for access to electronic resources and databases to adult residents who do not have a library card. 

If you do no have a library card and you are an adult living within the corporate city limits of Belleville, you can complete and submit the Request for Temporary Library Card to apply for a temporary card, or call the library at 618-234-0441 and provide the required information over the phone.  

Learn more about Expanded Access to Electronic Resources for Residents.

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 must bring a photo ID (driver's license or state ID), and will be required to pay a flat fee of $68 for a library card that is good for one year.


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.