Winter Holidays Schedule
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.
In addition, all locations will close at 5 p.m on Monday December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's Day, except the InfoZone which will be open on New Year's Day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

Apply for a Library Card Online

Residents of Marion County, Indiana that are age 18 or over may be eligible to register for a Library Card online!


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

Persons who reside in an unserved library district in the state of Indiana may get a library card by paying a non-resident fee of $65 per year. Cards are issued on an individual, not family basis.

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. To purchase a PLAC card, you must have a card from your home library or have purchased a non-resident card from a 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. 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.

Expired Library Cards

IndyPL library cards expire after three (3) years. Non-resident, PLAC library cards and some special cards expire after one (1) year.

PLAC card holders must present a valid, fine-free library card from their home library.

If you live in Marion County, are 18 or older, and have a phone account in your name, you may be able to renew your library card online.

You can also 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.