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Crystal Lake Public Library offering passport services to area residents

New program a hit with residents preparing for vacation, travel

Area residents planning to travel outside the country can apply for a U.S. passport at the Crystal Lake Public Library.
Area residents planning to travel outside the country can apply for a U.S. passport at the Crystal Lake Public Library.

People planning to travel outside the country can apply for a U.S. passport at the Crystal Lake Public Library.

The library, 126 W. Paddock St., is an official passport acceptance facility and began accepting passport applications in July.

“Many libraries are now offering passport services, and it has proven to be a huge convenience for patrons,” library director Kathryn Martens said in a statement. “Libraries are open seven days a week on nights and weekends. Where else can you go get a passport at night?”

The library will process applications by appointment or on a walk-in basis, depending on availability. Patrons can schedule appointments at clpl.org, but they don’t have to be a member to apply.

Passport applications can be obtained from the guest services desk. Applicants must bring a passport photograph taken within the past six months, original proof of citizenship and a photo ID. Two separate payments are required: an application fee to be paid directly to the U.S. Department of State and a $35 acceptance fee paid to the library.

“We wanted to offer more services to the community,” circulation manager Julie Gibson said. “People are excited.”

She said the program is permanent, and about 20 people took advantage of the program during its first two weeks.

“Other libraries in the area offer it,” Gibson said, adding that the Cary Area Public Library has a similar program.

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