Reciprocal & Nonresident Borrowing

RAILS members are required to make your library materials available to patrons of other member libraries in the least restrictive way possible, with some exceptions. Public libraries need to allow cardholders from other RAILS public libraries to borrow items when those patrons visit your library.

Each public library board of trustees must annually review its nonresident fee policy and take action to decide whether to issue nonresident library cards during the next year. Public libraries may also adopt intergovernmental agreements with other agencies (e.g., school districts) to provide services to untaxed nonresidents.