How to Get and Use a Library Card
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Anyone living in the city of Auburn or Union Township is eligible to receive your library card for no additional cost. To get your library card, bring a valid photo ID with your current address to any library location. If your ID does not include your current address, please bring an official piece of recent mail, too. Whether you own your home or rent, your library card is waiting for you! To find your township, enter your address on Beacon Property Search. If you are under the age of 18, come with your parent, guardian, or adult sponsor that is willing to assume financial responsibility.
PROPERTY OWNER CARD
If you own property in the City of Auburn or Union Township, you are also eligible to receive your library card for no additional cost. To get your library card, bring a valid photo ID with proof of ownership for the property that you own within our library service area.
ANY child (birth – Grade 12) in the state of Indiana, who lives outside the library service area, is eligible to get a blue, student card at Eckhart Public Library for no charge. Students under 18 years of age are required to have an adult present during sign up. The adult will need a valid ID and the student's address. The student must be present to receive their card.
If the student lives in the city of Auburn or Union Township, they will register for a green resident card instead of a student card. There is no charge for the resident card, and it provides access to a broader range of materials.
DEKALB CENTRAL EMPLOYEE CARD
If you are an employee at DeKalb Central Schools, you can receive a library card with your school ID.
Transitional cards are for library patrons who live in the library service area but do not have a permanent address. These blue cards can be used at Eckhart Public Library to check out three items at a time. Transitional cards require a photo ID and a signed form from a community sponsor. A community sponsor is someone who lives in the library service area and can verify that the patron lives in the library service area, too. Community sponsors are not financially responsible for items checked out on transitional accounts.
EVERGREEN INDIANA CARD HOLDER
Eckhart Public Library is part of Evergreen Indiana. If you have an Evergreen Indiana library card* from an area library (Garrett, Waterloo, Butler, Kendallville, Carnegie Library of Steuben County), you can use your library card at Eckhart Public Library just as you would at your home library.
*Student & Educator Cards are for materials at Eckhart Public Library only.
If you are in an organization that would benefit from library services, contact us. We would love to talk to you about your needs and see how we can provide access to your employees and clients.
6 AND 12 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION
If your township does not include library services as part of your property taxes, six and twelve month subscription options are available at Eckhart Public Library for $54.70 and $109.40, respectively. If you are not sure if you are in a library service area, contact us at (260) 925-2414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The decision to have property taxes help fund library services is decided at a township level.
PUBLIC LIBRARY ACCESS CARD
To get a library card that can be used at any public library in the state of Indiana, you can purchase a PLAC Card at your home library for $65.00. You must already have a public library card to get a PLAC Card.
Start Sign Up for Your Library Card Online
We've now made it easier than ever to get started with library card sign up – start at the comfort of your home! Step by step directions can be found by clicking here, or view this video to get a walkthrough!
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a card at Garrett, can I use it at EPL?
Yes! Any green Evergreen Indiana library card can be used at EPL. You can return Evergreen items to any Evergreen library.
I have a card at Allen County Public Library, can I use it at EPL?
No, our friends at ACPL are not part of Evergreen Indiana.
Why isn’t there county-wide library access?
Taxes for library services are decided at a township level. Some townships have programs to help cover the cost of library cards. Contact your Township Trustee to learn if your Township has one of these programs.
How Do I Use My Library Card Online?
Your Account is available in our Evergreen IN Catalog. Using Evergreen IN, you will be available to access over 7 million items! You will also be able to browse materials, place holds, and pay fines online.
An Evergreen Indiana app is also available in app stores to place your holds directly from your device.
Your library card will also provide access to digital and streaming services.