Courtesy Cards

Illinois residents (who are not affiliated with NIU or any of the other CARLI institutions) and NIU alumni may apply for a courtesy card.  Courtesy card holders may check out most library materials for four weeks (see Circulation Policies and Circulation Loan Periods for a full explanation of courtesy card privileges).  Courtesy cards are valid for a period of one year; a new application is required each year.

Courtesy card holders are not eligible for interlibrary loan services; if you need this service, you may wish to consider membership in the Friends of NIU Libraries.

Courtesy card holders are not eligible for off-campus database access.

To apply for a courtesy card, print and bring the Courtesy Card form or Courtesy Card for Minors form to the Circulation Desk at Founders Memorial Library. Complete information is required on the application; cards are delivered to applicants by mail.  You must be at least a high school student or older to apply.

Contact Us

Dean Fred Barnhart

Phone: (815) 753-1094

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

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