Library Card

 To Obtain a Library Card

A free library card is available to:

  • Residents of Cherokee
  • Rural residents of Cherokee
  • Residents of Iowa participating in the Open Access program
  • Contracting towns and cities

A charge (comparable to per capita funding) will be assessed for the following visitors to obtain a library card:

  • Residents from out of state
  • Residents from cities not participating in the open access program
  • Open Access program members who want to access e-resources offered by the Cherokee Public Library may pay a $40 fee.

 To obtain a card, all individuals must be 18 or older and provide a photo ID and current address verification. Acceptable forms of ID and address verification include the following:

 Photo ID:

  • Driver’s license
  • State/Federal issued ID or Passport
  • School ID card

Address Verification (if address is different from, or not listed on the photo ID)

  • Checkbook
  • Current utility bill
  • Letter with a current postmark

 If a visitor is providing an ID or documents that create some doubt, the staff may tell the visitor that they may use the items in the library but may not check out materials until documents have a chance to be verified.

 Library Card Applications

Card Holder Information

When you sign up for your library card, you agree to the following:

  • Presenting this card when checking out material
  • All material checked out on this card
  • Not lending this card to others
  • Notifying the library if the card is lost, stolen, or a change of name, address, phone, or email.
  • Responsibility for all fine and for lost or damaged materials borrowed on this card.

 Library Cards for Children

Children of any age can obtain a library card. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to sign the application and the parent/legal guardian will need to show a photo ID and provide current address verification. Parents with a library card must be in good standing with the library. The parent/legal guardian understands they are to supervise the child’s use of library materials and will ultimately be responsible for the materials checked out on the card. An individual  must be 18 or older to obtain a card without a parental signature.

 Replacement Card

A charge of $2.00 will be made for a lost or damaged card.