Library cards are funded by property tax if you are a resident of the Polo Public Library District. You are a resident of the Library District if you live in Buffalo Township. The town of Polo is in Buffalo Township. If you are not sure you live in the district, check your property tax bill or click here to view the Buffalo Township map.

If you live in Buffalo Township, you may get a library card free of charge, as part of your tax-supported library service. To get a library card, applicants, or parents/legal guardians/responsible individual will need to show a picture I.D. with your current address. If your picture I.D. does not have your current address, you will also need to show one of the following current items: utility bill, lease, tax bill, mortgage payment book, vehicle sticker receipt, vehicle registration identification card, voter’s registration, current firearms identification, current college semester schedule, current state of Illinois medical statement. All items must be current and must show a Library District address for a resident card or a Polo School District address for a non-resident card. If you live in the Polo Community School District outside Buffalo Township you must pay for a non-resident card at the cost determined by the State of Illinois’ formula of tax funds received from the county divided by number of households in Buffalo Township. The cost of a non-resident card is $90. Non-resident cards are good for 1 year.

Polo Public Library Foundation is assisting families with the cost of a non-resident card. For households including children under the age of 18 your cost is $25. Cards run September through August.

Your library card allows you to borrow books (regular print or large print), audio books, magazines, movies and music from us and from most other libraries in Illinois; download digital materials (books, audiobooks, streaming movies) through the library website; check out kits; use public computers to check email, write a paper, create a spreadsheet or browse the internet; use free wireless internet access on your own device; take a class; research your family tree; attend a free, fun, entertaining or educational program.