Any resident of Burlington, West Burlington or unincorporated Des Moines County may obtain a library card by providing identification, proof of residency and completing a registration form. Residents under the age of eighteen must also have a parent or guardian present to sign the registration form. Other Iowa residents from communities that participate in the Open Access Program must present a current library card from their hometown library and have valid identification. Illinois residents with valid identification may purchase a library card for $60.00 per year.
If you are under 18, you need to bring your parent or guardian with you. We will ask for their id and proof of current address.
You will need your library card with you to use public access computers, check-out materials using the self check-out stations or at the Customer Service Desk, and to access online resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks..
Loan Periods and Returning Items
- Magazines, New Fiction, Videos and DVDs check out for one week.
- All other items check out for 3 weeks.
- All materials may be returned in the after-hours book return which is accessed by entering on Main Street.
- All items may be renewed if there is no one on a waiting list for the item.
- There are late charges and fees for damaged or lost materials.
- Renewals are taken online, in-person, or by phone.
Late Charges, Fees, and Overdue Materials
Please help us to serve the entire community by returning materials on time.
- The library is committed to providing materials in different formats and on a wide variety of subjects to meet the needs of our community.
- The library is committed to serving the taxpayers by insuring that materials are returned in a timely manner.
- The library must make every effort to recover lost materials in order to protect taxpayers dollars.
- Notices regarding overdue materials are automatically generated by the computer and mailed daily.
- Books, movies, and other materials that are not returned are not available for other patrons to use. Replacing lost materials is costly.
To assist in acheiving these objectives, the library contracts with Unique Management Services, a collection agency, to handle all accounts with fines or lost book fees over $50. A service charge of $10 is added to any account balance when the collection agency is used.