Library Cards

Get a Library Card

Any person who lives or owns taxable property within the Chillicothe Public Library District may obtain a Chillicothe Public Library card. To obtain a library card, apply in person at the Circulation Desk. Proof of residency must be shown by providing a photo ID with your current address or a recent bill addressed to the resident.

To obtain a juvenile card (issued to those age 18 and younger), a parent or legal guardian must be present and must agree to accept responsibility for the items checked out using that card.

You must apply for, carry, and use your own library card. You are responsible for all use of your card. If you lose your library card, please contact the library immediately.

You may not use a library card registered to another patron, including that of a spouse or of a child age 18 or older. Patrons may give permission for family members to collect holds on their behalf. This must be on record with our circulation staff before a patron may pick up holds for a family member.

Additionally, parents may check out materials on behalf of children age 15 and younger using the child’s card.

Managing Renewals

Need a little bit more time with an item? The library offers you up to three renewals for each item, and several different ways to request renewal:

  • Online through RSACat – 24 hours a day.
  • By calling 309-274-2719 during regular library hours.
  • By replying to a renewal notice text. (Please note: replying to a renewal notice email will not renew an item.)

Why Won’t My Items Renew?

  • Another user has requested the item.
  • All three renewals already have been used.
  • An item may not be renewable (such as kits and board games).

Check all due dates carefully to ensure that your renewal requests have gone through.

Renewal Requests for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Items

Items requested from libraries that are not members of RSA cannot be renewed online because we must contact the owning library. Please call 309-274-2719 or ask at Circulation Services if you would like to renew these items.


You can receive notification by text when hold requests arrive or when items are overdue. To set up text notification, please visit RSACat: Text Messaging Service.

(Your carrier’s charges will apply if you choose to receive text message notification.)

Failure to receive a courtesy or overdue notice does not constitute cause for removal or reduction of fees. To make certain your materials are returned on time and to avoid late fees, please check the due dates in your online account or ask for a receipt.

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