Bryan-Bennett Library

How to get a Library Card

Getting a card, renewing materials, placing holds, etc.

City of Salem Residents

Bryan-Bennett Library issues cards to any city of Salem resident free of charge.  To obtain a card, a person must show a current photo identification (such as an Illinois Driver's License or Illinois Identification Card).  This photo identification must have the applicant's current address.

Non-Resident Cards

Bryan-Bennett Library issues cards to people, who live outside of the city limits, for an annual fee of $55.  These applicants must also show a current photo identification and pay the card fee at the time of application.
Individuals, who reside outside the city of Salem but who own property inside the city limits, may apply for a free card.  People who qualify for this exemption may inquire in person at Bryan-Bennett Library. The most recent property tax bill must be shown to Library staff for this card to be issued.
The Friends of Bryan-Bennett Library also offers a scholarship, that pays $35 of the non-resident card fee,  for individuals who can demonstrate hardship.  People who would like more information about the scholarship should inquire in person at the Library.

Apply in Person

All people applying for a card must do so in person.


Children, age 15 and younger, must be accompanied by a parent or court-appointed guardian.  This parent or guardian must show a current, valid photo identification.