Am I eligible to get a library card?
If you live in the Pulaski County Public Library district (see the FAQ section on the Library District) or if you own real property in the district, you are eligible to get a resident library card.
If neither of the above apply to you, you cannot get a free resident card, but you may purchase one at the annual rate for non-residents. You may also be eligible for a card of a different type. Read on for more information.
How do I get a card?
To get a library card, you can come in to the library and fill out a short application. The application requires you to list two contact people with phone numbers that are different from your own, so be sure to have those ready.
You must also present proof of residence when signing up for a card. One way to do this is to present an official government ID showing your current name and address, such as a driver's license or passport. However, we realize that when you've recently moved, you may not be able to update the information on these IDs right away. Instead of an ID, you may present a bill or a piece of mail sent to you that shows both your full name and your current address.
If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must be present, and they must sign your application when you apply for a library card. Proof of residence may be presented in the parent or guardian's name instead of the child's.
Can I get a library card online?
Yes, you can get a digital library card if you live in the library district. A digital library card allows you to access the library's online services like e-books, streaming video, and more. A digital library card does not allow you to check out physical items like books and DVDs. You can find more information about this service and sign up for a digital library card at https://pulaski.librarymarket.com/.
Is there a minimum age to receive a library card?
The library does not set a minimum age for cardholders. We believe that parents are the people best suited to determine when their child is ready to get a card of their own. If you are considering whether to sign your child up for a card, remember that they will be able to use it to check out a wide range of materials on their own, and that they will be responsible for returning materials on time and in good condition.
I don't live or own property in the Pulaski County Public Library district, but I'd like to check out materials. Can I do that?
There are a few different ways in which people who do not reside in our district can still check out materials at the library. Which one applies to you will depend on your specific situation:
- If you live in the district of an Indiana library that is a participant in the Statewide Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant, you may be eligible for a reciprocal borrower's card. See this list [PDF] of libraries to determine if your home library participates in reciprocal borrowing. To get a reciprocal card with us, you must have a resident card with an account in good standing at your participating home library. Reciprocal borrowers can check out materials, but they may not be able to access some digital library services.
- If you want to be able to borrow items from libraries all over the state (not just ours) and you live in an area served by an Indiana library district, you may be interested in purchasing a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). The difference between PLAC and reciprocal borrowing is that a PLAC allows you to use libraries that don't participate in the Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant. See the "Public Library Access Cards" section, below.
- If you live in an unserved area of the state (for instance, Beaver Township), your only option for checking out materials is to purchase a non-resident card. The fee for a non-resident card is revised each year in accordance with Indiana law (IC 36-12-2-25(c)). As of January 2021, the fee for a non-resident card is $97.71. Non-resident cards, once granted, allow access to all the same library services as a standard resident card. Non-resident cards expire at the end of the calendar year in which they were received.
- If you do not live in the state, you are not eligible to get a library card or check out materials at an Indiana public library. You may, however, use the library's computers (see "I don't have a card with the library, but I need to use the computer. What can I do?" in the Computers and the Internet FAQ section) and other publicly available services.
Please note that events and programs at the Pulaski County Public Library are open to all members of the public, regardless of where you're from!
Can I use my library card at other libraries?
Our library participates in reciprocal borrowing agreements with several other libraries in the state. While your Pulaski County Public Library card itself can only be used to check out materials at our library in Winamac, if you are a patron in good standing you can get additional cards at many other libraries across the state. PCPL would remain your home library; you would be a reciprocal borrower at a different library. To determine whether you can get a reciprocal card at a specific library, see this list [PDF].
If you want to be able to borrow items from all public libraries in the state, you may also be interested in a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). See the "Public Library Access Cards" section, below.
What are Public Library Access Cards?
If you want to be able to borrow items from all public libraries in the state, you may be interested in a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). The PLAC program allows you to borrow materials directly from any public library in Indiana. Any individual who holds a valid Indiana public library card may obtain a PLAC. As of January 2020, the fee for a PLAC is $65.00. PLACs expire one year from the date of application for the card. See the Indiana State Library's PLAC Rules and Guidelines for more information.
Why doesn't my library card allow me to use your digital services?
Some of the library's digital services are only available to resident library patrons. In general, this is due to the library's contractual agreements with service vendors which are based on the legally defined area of the Pulaski County Public Library district. If your library card is not a resident card, you will not be able to use certain digital services. See the Library District FAQ section for more information on the area and limits of the library district along with supplemental information.
How long is my card good for?
As long as you live in the area and are actively using the library in good faith, we won't revoke your card. Each type of card does have an expiration date; however, re-registering once a card has expired is usually a simple process.
Resident cards expire after three years; all other cards (e.g. reciprocal, non-resident, PLAC) expire after one. This doesn't mean you need to get a new card at that time. Instead, this is just a way for us to make sure our patron information is up to date. When your card has expired, you simply need to call or come in to verify and/or update your contact information. Once that's done, you'll be ready to start using library services again.
There are a couple other special circumstances worth pointing out. If you currently have a children's card, you will need to get a new one once you turn 18. (An adult card will let you use even more of the library's services, including checking out movies and video games.) If you move away, you will have to get a new card at your new local library.
I lost my card. What do I do?
If you've lost your card and you are 18 or older, you must pay for a replacement in order to check out items. The replacement fee is $3. Children under the age of 18 may receive one free replacement card per calendar year. To get your new card, you must come in to the library, present proof of identity and residence, and verify your contact information.