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Get a Library Card

Everyone is welcome to use the library, but if you want to take materials home you must get a library card. When children can print their name, they can apply for a library card. You may fill out an application at the front desk. 

If you live within the district of East Alton, bring in: 

  • A photo ID with your current address 

  • If your ID does not have your current address, also bring an official piece of mail post-marked within 30 days, a tax bill for the most recent year, a voter’s registration card, or a passport

If you are under the age of 18, the presence of a parent or guardian is required, and these requirements apply only to them.

Request/Renew/Search the Library Catalog

Use a Computer/Copy/Fax/Print

Patrons must have a valid East Alton Library Card or a current card with another library in the Illinois Heartland Library System to use this service. Use the library catalog to request items, renew items out, and search the Illinois Heartland Library System catalog. Items may also be reserved or renewed in person or by phone at (618) 259-0787.

Public Computers

4 Public computers available for use. 

  • Must have a valid IHLS library card for allotted time

  • Guest passes available to those who qualify

  • Free public Wi-Fi through the “LibraryOpen” network

Copies & Printing

$0.20 per page in black and white

$0.50 per page in color


Email digital documents to and we will print them when you arrive.



Local and long-distance faxing is available. Our fax number is (618) 259-0788​.

  • Sending: $1.00 for first page + $0.50 for each additional page

  • Receiving: $0.25 per page


Have documents scanned to your email at no cost.

Book Our Meeting Room

The Library currently provides a rentable meeting room outside of tax season and other Library programs. To make a reservation, contact us at (618) 259-0787 or by email at Reservations may also be made in person.

Apply for Home Delivery

Are you unable to leave your home, but would like to access library books, movies, and other services? ​Have items delivered to your door through the East Alton Public Library District! Deliveries can be made to nursing homes, apartments, or houses. ​This service is eligible to East Alton Public Library District residents of all ages who are physically unable to visit the library.

To request this service, click the  Home Delivery button below and fill out the application on the next page.

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