Getting a Library Card

Getting a Library Card


ELIGIBLE LIBRARY USERS

The Charlestown-Clark County Libraries welcome any individual into the library facilities. In order to obtain a library card and borrow materials and use other services, an individual shall:

  • Be a resident, business, or property owner in Clark County, Indiana, outside Jeffersonville Township
  • Be a resident of any library district that has signed the Indiana Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement and have a valid library card from his/her home district. Except Jeffersonville Township because of an individual agreement to honor residents of either district.
  • Be an Indiana non-county resident with a valid Public Library Access Card (PLAC)
  • Be an Indiana non-county resident who pays an annual fee based on per capita costs
  • Be a student enrolled or a teacher employed in any school or school district in the library district with an Indiana residence. Card is valid for the school year.
  • Be residing in the library district on a temporary basis. The fee is $1.00 and a refundable cash deposit of $25.00 validates a card for two (2) months.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To obtain a physical library card please present the following:

  • Indiana driver’s license or state identification (out-of-state driver’s license until the new Indiana license/ID is obtained)

      AND one of the following items for proof of address:

  • Current employee identification card
  • Current voter’s registration card
  • Phone, electric or any other utility bill (recent)
  • Lease, rental, mortgage papers (recent)
  • Tax payment receipt (current year)
  • Current car registration with your name and address

Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or responsible party sign the application and present the forms of identification listed above.

The application process includes signing and agreeing to a contract responsibility statement as authorized by I.C. 36-12-3-6 and I.C. 35-43-4-3.5.

PLAC cards are issued to Indiana residents in accordance with I.C 4-23-7.1-5.1 Changes of address and other pertinent information shall be reported in a timely manner to the library.

CARDS

  • Library cards are issued as the responsibility of the card holder.
  • Lost cards are to be reported immediately.
  • Inactive cards will be deleted from the system after one year of inactivity.
  • Library cards are not transferable. The bearer must be the person whose name appears on the card record unless prior arrangement has been approved.
  • Library cards may be used at all units of the Charlestown-Clark County Public Library.
  • A $1.00 replacement fee will be charged for lost cards.

ONLINE BORROWER CARD (online products only)
• Existing library card holders should use the information from that card to access electronic resources.
• Indiana residents who meet the above "eligible library users" requirements can apply for an online only borrower card by filling out the Online Borrower Registration application.
• This online borrower card will allow the user access to online products only. For unlimited access to all of the library's resources, please visit one of our branches for a physical library card.

CARD TYPE REQUIREMENT IDENTIFICATION FEE FREQUENCY OF RECORD UPDATE
New Resident, adult 18 or older Driver’s license and property tax receipt, utility bill, current mail w/ address   Three months, then change to resident, adult
New Resident under 18 Ages 5-17 School ID or ID from responsible party   Three months, then change to resident under 18
Resident, adult 18 or older Driver’s license, property tax receipt, utility bill, current mail w/ address   Annual
Resident under 18 Ages 5-17 School ID or ID from responsible party   Annual
Reciprocal   ID plus home library card   Annual
PLAC   ID plus home library card annually Annual from the date of purchase
Non-resident, adult 18 or older Current ID annually Annual from the date of purchase
Non-resident under 18 Ages 5-17   annually Annual from the date of purchase
Student       Annually in May
Teacher       Annually in May
Temporary     $1.00 fee, $25.00 cash refundable deposit Every 2 months
Staff       Annual
Board member       Annual
Corporate Tax receipt, letterhead or other supporting corporate docs     Annual
Non-Profit org. Supporting documentation indicating Clark County location     Annual
In house tracking