Getting a Library Card

Library card

Frequently Asked Questions

Get a Card

Library Cards are issued on site at all Library Circulation desks upon completion of an application and presentation of identification with name and current address. Applicant must be present. Parents must sign the application for children under the age of 18 and assume responsibility for the child’s selections and financial responsibility.  (The selection of DVDs by children under age 18 is restricted to the juvenile collection only, unless the guardian requests this restriction  be removed). Children under 6 years of age are only eligible for the My First Library Card which limits checkouts to juvenile books only.

Library Card Application

You can print and fill out the application ahead of time: English version, en Español.


Residents of Marion County excluding Speedway; Marion County property owners; those who teach in Marion County preschools, elementary and high schools; students enrolled in Marion County preschools, elementary and high schools and colleges and universities; corporations or service agencies within Marion County are eligible for a free Library Card. Qualifying residents under 6 years of age are eligible for the My First Library Card.

Flanner House circulation desk

Acceptable Forms of Identification for Library Card Applications

We require one of the following forms of identification as proof of residency.

Indiana State Issued Identification with a photograph and the correct address


State Identification with a photograph and an incorrect address, plus one of the following:


A passport, consulate ID, or school ID, plus one of the following:


A piece of mail postmarked within the last 30 days, plus one of the following:

Family checking out books at Lawrence Branch

Acceptable Forms of Identification for Library Card Applications for Minors

For children under 18 years of age to receive a library card...

  1. Both the parent/minor applicant must be present at the time of application.
  2. The parent/guardian must present valid identification and proof of residency. (See acceptable forms of identification for library card applications listed above.)

Nonresident Cards

Nonresidents may have a Library Card, valid for one year at a time, by either paying a non-resident fee of $65.00 per year or by purchasing a Public Library Access Card (PLAC) from any public library in Indiana.

Public Library Access Card (PLAC) is a state sponsored program that allows Indiana public library cardholders to borrow from any public library outside their home library district. The fee is set annually by the Indiana State Library and is valid for one year. The PLAC card may be purchased at any Indiana public library.

Lost or Stolen Cards

Borrowers with lost or stolen Library cards should report this to any Library Circulation desk immediately to avoid possible misuse of the card.

Borrowers with lost Library cards may obtain a replacement by applying in person at any Library Circulation desk; there is a $3.00 fee for a new card, payable at issue. There is no replacement fee for a lost or stolen My First Library Card. Identification showing name and current address is required.

Forgotten Cards

Borrowers who have forgotten their valid Library cards may have check out privileges with current identification. A temporary card is valid only for that transaction.

Expired Library Cards

Non-resident and PLAC library cards expire after one (1) year. All other IndyPL library cards expire after three (3) years.

Library cards must be renewed in person. Please visit one of our library locations to renew your library card. You will need to present a valid form of identification that includes your current address. All fines or fees must be paid in full at the time of renewal. When renewing a card for a child under the age of 18, the parent/guardian listed on the child's library account must show his/her current identification.