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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.