For Adults

Continue to Use the Library While We're Closed!


03/13/2019

While our physical locations are closed we will continue to provide access to information, ideas, and experiences as much as possible through our online services. If using them is new for you we are here to help!

It is always our mission and privilege to help you discover new things to read and learn. We look forward to helping you level up your library card by learning how to use all of the digital services available to you at home.

This page will serve as the place we gather support materials and offer ideas to make the most of your library card during this time.

We have staff available to help you with e-book reading suggestions, questions, and reference help during our closure. Please call 317-275-4184 or text 317-333-6877 during regular Central Library hours, message us on social media, or contact the webmaster.

Checking Out Items from our Digital Collections

Your IndyPL Library card gives you free access to e-books, music, movies, audiobooks, online courses and more. You can read or listen to books on most mobile devices or your computer.

We partner with several different platforms to provide these services the same way you might subscribe to more than one movie streaming platform (Netflix, Hulu, Disney) at home.

To see all of our digital collections, go to our download and stream page. On that page each service has its own tile to tell you details like loan limits and provide links to each service's website or app. Video tutorials are available for each one.

Some of the services will simply ask you to enter your library card number. Others will require you to set up an account. Either way, your library card number is your ticket to get access. If you do not have an IndyPL library card or need to renew your card, you may be able to apply or renew online.

To assist you, we have created these pages to help you get started:

We will continue to grow this list of ideas in the coming days and weeks. Check back here often to learn about even more ways to use your library card from home!

Closure FAQs

I have an overdue item. Will I be fined for the entire time you are closed?

No, fines will be waived for the time we are closed.

Can I still return books to a library drop box?

Not at this time. In order to allow all of our staff to remain at home, our drop boxes are currently closed. Please help us out by keeping all checked out materials until we reopen! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Is the Tinker Station phone line being answered?

Yes. The Tinker Hotline (for help using our download and stream collections) is 317-275-4500.

To see all of our digital collections, go to our download and stream page. On that page each service has its own tile to tell you details like loan limits and provide links to each service's website or app. Video tutorials are available for each one.

If I don't have an IndyPL library card can I get one while you are closed? Can I renew an expired library card?

In order to complete an online application for a new library card account, you must:

  • live in Marion County, Indiana (except Speedway)
  • be 18 or over
  • have a phone in your name and address
  • have a valid email address

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 also.

We realize that not everyone will be able to meet these criteria. If you are unable to register for a card online or renew, please call 317-275-4184 or text 317-333-6877 during regular Central Library hours for assistance.