How do I get a Library Card
- Live in the city of Elkhart, or in Cleveland, Concord, or Osolo Township.
- Provide photo identification with a current address. If the photo ID does not have a current address, other forms of ID such as checkbook, utility bill, rent receipt etc. may be used.
- All applicants must be at least four years old.
I don’t live in Elkhart, or in Cleveland, Concord, or Osolo Township
If you are an Indiana resident but do not live in our district, you may be directed to your home library – if you have one. Or, if you wish, an individual Non-resident card may be purchased from the Elkhart Public Library for $58.00. (State law prohibits the sale of non-resident cards to those who live outside of Indiana.) Individual students and teachers, who are residents of the State of Indiana, who work for or are enrolled in a school that is within the Elkhart Public Library District are eligible for a card at the discounted price of $25.00.
Non-resident library cards are good for one year.
Persons who own property in the Library district may be registered as borrowers. Proof of ownership (current tax receipt) must be presented when applying for a card.
Any business or professional person who is the principal leaser or renter of a business property in the Library district may be registered as a Library borrower. Proof of lease by the principal leaser or renter must be presented when applying for a card and at all subsequent renewal applications.
Library Cards for Local Businesses
Businesses within the Library district may apply for a special borrower’s card to avail themselves of the Library’s materials for the purpose of conducting day-to-day business. Use of this card is restricted to the loan of materials directly related to agency business. It cannot be used to circumvent the intention of a non-resident fee, or to borrow materials to satisfy other than business or professional needs of the agency.
Use of Library Card at Other Libraries
The Elkhart Public Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with all other Elkhart County public libraries, and with the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library.
To use an Elkhart Public Library card in other public libraries in Indiana, it is necessary to purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC).
There is also a statewide reciprocal borrowing program available to EPL resident card holders. You will need to register at each library and observe their rules and limitations for reciprocal borrowers. Several Indiana libraries do not participate in the statewide reciprocal borrowing program. To use those libraries you will also need to purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC).