Scan your card

Forgot your library card? No problem! Now your smartphone can be your library card!

How it works

Using your smartphone as your library card is pretty simple. Here's how it works:

  • Install a loyalty card app on your phone (see instructions below)
  • Select your books and other library materials (clearly the hardest part)
  • Go to the self-checkout machine
  • Hold your phone up to the scanner

That's it. Now let's get a loyalty card app on your device:

Installing a card app

Just follow these steps to install CardStar or Keyring on your phone and add your library card. There are other options out there too. Give them a try, these are just the two apps we've tested and used on a regular basis.

Card Star

  1. Download the Cardstar app for your phone
  2. Open the CardStar app
  3. Touch the plus sign (+) button to add a card
  4. Select "Des Plaines Public Library" in the list of merchants (you can scroll or search)
  5. Touch the Scan Number button
  6. Scan the barcode on your card
  7. Touch the Save button to finish

Find the Card Star app:

Key Ring

  1. Download the Key Ring app for your phone
  2. Open the Key Ring app
  3. Touch the plus sign (+) button in the upper right
  4. Scan the barcode on your library card
  5. Touch "Select a Store" and select "Des Plaines Public Library" from the list of merchants (you can scroll or search)
  6. Click "Next" in the upper right
  7. (Optional) Take pictures of the front and back of your card to store in the app (if you take a picture of card's barcode, if a scanner ever has trouble reading the barcode generated by the app, it may have an easier time scanning the photo of the barcode.) You can choose to skip this step.
  8. Touch "Finish" to complete the process

Find the Key Ring app: