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Getting Started at the Racine Public Library
How to Get a Library Card
Your library card gives you access to so many resources, services and items for checkout. From free online courses, to checking out a record player, or notary services and fun programs, a library card opens the door to thousands of possibilities.
Getting your own library card is fast and easy. To sign up online, click the library card button in the top right corner of the website, and fill out the form. This will give you a temporary card that you can use to place holds on library items. After that, bring your photo ID to the library (or any library in Racine, Kenosha, Rock or Walworth County), and we’ll set you up with your permanent, full-access library card. If your photo ID doesn’t list your current address, please make sure to bring an additional document that does.
If you sign up for your card at the library building, Bookmobile, Techmobile or any pop-up event, all you need is an ID with current address, or your ID plus an additional document verifying your address.
And of course, if you ever misplace your card, we can set you up with a new one.
Did You Know? The Racine Public Library is Fine Free
With us, you never have to worry about returning a book a few days late — the Racine Public Library is fine free! For the past four years, the library hasn’t charged a single fine for items returned late. Any older fines for late items have been erased as well.
However, keep in mind that we’ll still ask you to cover the cost of an item if you keep it long enough that we have to mark it as lost. In a worst case scenario, your library card can be suspended until your lost items are returned or paid for, so let us know as soon as you can if you’re having trouble finding an item to bring back.
Going fine-free for overdue items is one of the many ways we’re working on breaking down barriers. In the past, our fines placed the heaviest burden on our low-income cardholders, sometimes preventing them from making full use of our services. After all, when patrons’ fines and fees stack up, they become a lot less likely to return to the library. At the same time, libraries provide a significant social benefit to low-income patrons — we’re one of the few spaces that allow anyone to use a wide variety of items and services without having to pay anything. So for us, the calculation was easy: a fine-free library is a easier to use and more likely to help those who need it the most.
Book and Item Returns
You can return things to any of the dropboxes below, as well as at the Bookmobile. Just keep in mind that only certain dropboxes (marked with an asterisk*) are set up to take DVDs, CDs, video games or other fragile media. In addition, Beyond Books items can only be returned to the library building or the Bookmobile.
- The Racine Public Library — in the building, or in the circle of Library Drive
- The Bookmobile
- Shorecrest, 3900 Erie Street*
- Mount Pleasant Street
- Ohio Street and Graceland Boulevard*
- Elmwood Plaza, 3701 Durand Avenue
- Municipal Complex, 2801 89th Street
The Racine Public Library continues to thank the community for their continued patience and flexibility as the renovation wraps up. The end is finally in sight! The library’s construction team is estimating a couple more months for the project’s completion. The new staircase and the second entrance will take shape this month. By the time the renovation is finished, your library will have brand new carpet, freshly painted walls, more study rooms, a dedicated teen space, a recording studio, an improved Innovation Lab, friendlier new entrances, and more.
Come See Us at the Library
Every week there is something new to do at your local library, from 3D printers to storytimes, or study rooms to tech help. If you have a question or want to try something new, give us a call at (262) 636-9217, or just stop in. We’re open Monday through Saturday!