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How to get a library card

Library Card Types

Please choose a card type from the list below to learn more about it. If you aren't sure which card type you are eligible for, or have any questions about becoming a patron of our library, please contact the Circulation Desk at any library location.

REGULAR ADULT

An adult patron, age 18 and over, must show valid photo identification with his/her name and a current address on it. If the valid photo identification does not have the correct address, an additional form of identification listing the person's name and current address must be shown. Acceptable forms include:

  • a recently dated piece of mail or utility bill
  • a current pay stub, check book or bank statement, or
  • any current legal form which has the correct information on it.

Patrons must present a library card or valid photo identification when checking out materials.

A patron is responsible for all transactions on his/her library record.

REGULAR CHILD AND TEEN CARD

Child patrons are age 12 and under and Teen patrons are ages 13 - 17.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have his/her parent, stepparent, or legal guardian complete the bottom part of the Child or Teen registration form and sign it before a library card will be issued. The parent, stepparent, or legal guardian signing must show a valid library card or valid photo identification to verify residence.

If an appropriate adult is not present when the minor applies for the card, the minor may fill out the name and address portion of the registration form, which will be mailed to the parent, stepparent, or legal guardian. Once the signed form is returned, a card can be issued.

Child and Teen patrons have the one-time option of checking out two items, except videos, DVDs, or parental warning CDs, when filling out the registration form and a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian is not available to sign.

If a patron is under the age of 18 but legally married or emancipated, the patron is classified as an adult; however, documentation that shows the minor is married or emancipated is required.

Child and Teen patrons may check out videos, DVDs and compact discs that have a manufacturer's parental advisory if a signed Child or Teen Patron Registration form granting permission from the parent, stepparent, or legal guardian is on file. The Child or Teen patron can only use his/her own card to check out the above items and to access library computers.

The responsibility for screening what a child reads, views, or listens to belongs to the parent, stepparent, or legal guardian.

The parent, stepparent, or legal guardian signing a Child or Teen registration form for a library card takes all financial reasonability for transactions on the child or teen card, as well as its use on library computers.

TEMPORARY CARD

Temporary cards are issued to:

  • students
  • visiting children
  • teachers
  • foreign exchange students
  • people in temporary housing or shelters
  • people who will only be in the area for a short period of time

Temporary patrons must plan on staying in our taxing district for at least 28 days.

An adult patron must show valid photo identification with his/her name and a current address on it. Acceptable photo ID's include:

  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • English Language ID issued by a foreign government

If the valid photo identification does not have the correct address, an additional form of identification listing the person's name and current address must be shown. Acceptable forms include:

  • a recently dated piece of mail or utility bill
  • a current pay stub, check book or bank statement, or
  • any current legal form which has the correct information on it.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have his/her parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or other responsible individual, such as a grandparent or host parent, complete a Child or Teen registration form and sign it in order to receive a library card. The parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or other responsible individual, such as a grandparent or host parent, signing must show a valid library card or valid photo identification.

A patron, or in the case of a minor the individual signing the registration, is responsible for all transactions and the use of library computers on his/her library record.

Students and teachers must show verification that they attend or teach in a school in KHCPL's taxing district.

People in temporary housing or shelters must have a letter from the institution stating that the individual will be allowed to reside at the temporary shelter. A Temporary Housing patron may only have up to five items on his/her card at any one time.

People in temporary housing because of work will need a letter from their employer stating they are residing in the taxing district.

All Temporary Cards are valid for one year.

NON-RESIDENT CARD (Taxpayer)

This card is for the patron and any household member who does not live in our taxing district; however, he/she owns property and pays property taxes in the library's taxing district.

The patron must produce a current tax receipt for property taxes paid within the year on property owned in KHCPL's taxing district.

An adult patron must show valid photo identification with his/her name and a current address on it. Acceptable photo ID's include:

  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • English Language ID issued by a foreign government

If the valid photo identification does not have the correct address, an additional form of identification listing the person's name and current address must be shown. Acceptable forms include:

  • a recently dated piece of mail or utility bill
  • a current pay stub, check book, or bank statement, or
  • any current legal form which has the correct information on it.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have his/her parent, stepparent, or legal guardian complete the bottom part of the Juvenile or Young Adult Registration form and sign it in order to receive a library card. The parent, stepparent or legal guardian signing must show valid library card or valid photo identification to verify residence.

A patron, or in the case of a minor the individual signing the registration, is responsible for all transactions and the use of library computers on his/her library record.

To renew his/her library card, the patron must bring in a current property tax receipt.

NON-RESIDENT CARD (Non-taxpayer)

Non-resident cards are available for patrons who do not live in or own property in our taxing district, and are not eligible for a temporary card.

A non-resident registration form must be signed and kept on file. The card expires one year from the date of purchase.

An adult patron must show valid photo identification with his/her name and a current address on it. Acceptable photo ID's include:

  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • English Language ID issued by a foreign government

If the valid photo identification does not have the correct address, an additional form of identification listing the person's name and current address must be shown. Acceptable forms include:

  • a recently dated piece of mail or utility bill
  • a current pay stub, check book or bank statement, or
  • any current legal form which has the correct information on it.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have his/her parent, stepparent, or legal guardian complete the bottom part of the Juvenile or Young Adult Registration form and sign it in order to receive a library card. The parent, stepparent or legal guardian signing must show valid library card or valid photo identification to verify residence.

A patron, or in the case of a minor the individual signing a registration, is responsible for all transactions and use of library computers on his/her library record.

To renew his/her library card, a new form must be signed each year and kept on file.

The price per person for a non-resident card is set each year using a formula based on service population and the library budget.

Please view the Library Fines & Fees page for the most current PLAC cost.

PUBLIC LIBRARY ACCESS CARD (PLAC)

PLAC's are statewide borrowing cards and are guaranteed by Indiana law. Patrons may purchase a Public Library Access Card at any library, so long as they have a valid library card from their home library. If a patron does not have a home library, they must first purchase a non-resident (non-taxpayer) card. A PLAC may be purchased at any library location except from the bookmobiles. The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library card expires the same date as the PLAC. The State Library sets the price each year, effective January 1st through December 31st. Please view the Library Fines & Fees page for the most current PLAC cost

TEACHER COLLECTION CARD

Teacher collection cards are used to check out materials to the teacher specifically for their classroom. Proof of employment in the taxing district and a valid photo identification is required to receive this card. A teacher or professional working with children or adults is allowed to check out 30 items and have an extended loan period of 45 days. One video and one DVD may be checked out at the same time for seven days, but will not be included in delivered collections.

Overdue fines and replacement fees do not apply to materials checked out through this service. Any teacher who has five or more unreturned or damaged items per school year will have his/her privileges suspended until the number of items is less than five. The items can either be returned or paid for.

CHILD CARE CARD

Child Care cards are issued to state licensed day care providers and preschools in the KHCPL taxing district. Proof of a license, or other documentation approved by the Head of Circulation or Circulation Managers at the branch libraries, and a photo identification are required to receive this card. The school administrator must fill out a form verifying employment for employees who receive these cards each year. The authorized employee can check out 30 items and have an extended loan period of 45 days.

Child Care cards may check out one DVD and one video at the same time for seven days. Overdue fines and replacement fees do not apply to materials checked out through this service. Any teacher who has five or more unreturned or damaged items per school year will have his/her privileges suspended until the number of items is less than five. The items can either be returned or paid for.

HOME SCHOOL CARD

Home School cards are issued to adults belonging to a Home School Association or who have an Indiana Department of Education identification number. Proof of membership must be presented upon registration. An adult patron must show valid photo identification with his/her name and a current address on it. Acceptable photo ID's include:

  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • English Language ID issued by a foreign government

If the valid photo identification does not have the correct address, an additional form of identification listing the person's name and current address must be shown. Acceptable forms include:

  • a recently dated piece of mail or utility bill
  • a current pay stub, check book or bank statement, or
  • any current legal form which has the correct information on it.

Up to 30 items may be checked out at any one time with the same material loan periods as a regular patron card. All circulating library material may be checked out on this card. Overdue fines and replacement fees will apply to all material checked out. A patron may be turned over to the collection agency if fines and replacement fees equal $40.00 or more.

An adult who registers for a Home School card is responsible for all transactions and the use of library computers on the card.

ORGANIZATION CARD

These are for local organizations who wish to have a card for their organization's use. The registration form must be signed by a person in authority in the organization and approved by the Head of Circulation. Normal loan periods, overdue fines and replacement fees are the same as an adult patron card with the exception that videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs cannot be checked out. Organization cards have two individuals that are authorized to use it.

BOOKMOBILE STUDENT CARD

Each student will need a library registration form signed by a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian. Students may check out two items on each bookmobile visit. Only books and magazines may be checked out. Students are not charged fines for overdue books, but will be charged replacement costs as per Billing for Replacement Policies.

Overdue notices are sent to the teacher of the student. Replacement notices are sent to the teacher and the parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of the student. A child who has received a bill for replacement for overdue materials will not be allowed to check out until the books have been returned, paid for, or the child is making payments of at least 20% of the replacement cost each time he/she checks out.

A child who has material that has not been returned six weeks after the due date, and cost of the materials total $40.00 or more,may be turned over to the collection agency. All Bookmobile materials checkout for 28 days.

BOOKMOBILE TEACHER/ORGANIZATION CARD

These cards are used when the bookmobile visits schools or day care providers. Any teacher or professional working with children or adults at a public or private school/day care in the library's taxing district is eligible for this service. Teachers may check out two books per student. Audiocassettes, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and compact discs may not be checked out by students. Teachers may check out any bookmobile materials for school use, but are limited to one DVD and one video at the same time. Overdue fines and replacement fees do not apply to materials checked out through this service. Any teacher who has five or more unreturned or damaged items per school year will have his/her privileges suspended until the number of items is less than five. The items can either be returned or paid for. In some situations bookmobile staff may allow nine or less items to be billed on a teacher card instead of five or less without the card being suspended. All Bookmobile materials checkout for 28 days.

STAFF DEPARTMENT CARD

Departments within the library may obtain a cards for checking out material for library purposes only. No personal items may be placed on this card. Overdue fines and replacement fees do not apply to materials checked out through this service.

HOMEBOUND SERVICE CARD

Any patron in the library's taxing district who is homebound, permanently or temporarily, is eligible for the Homebound program. Collections of up to 50 items are delivered at the beginning of each month. Specific titles, authors, or subjects may be requested.

Overdue fines do not apply to materials checked out through this service. Replacement fees will apply to this card. A patron who has materials which have not been returned six weeks after the due date, and whose materials total $40.00 or more, may be turned over to collection agency.

SENIOR CITIZEN SERVICE CARD

Any senior citizen residential center in the library's taxing district, such as a nursing home, retirement center, or hospital extended care unit is eligible for this service. Collections of up to 100 items are delivered every four weeks. All circulating library materials are available for this service. Specific titles, authors, or subjects may be requested.

Overdue fines and replacement fees do not apply to materials checked out through this service. Any institution which has ten or more unreturned or damaged items per year will have these privileges suspended until the number of items is less than ten. The items can either be returned or paid for.

COMPUTER USE ONLY CARD

This card is for people who wish to use Library computers and either:

  • do not want borrowing privileges, or
  • are not eligible for a library card

To obtain a Computer Use Only adult card, a patron must show valid photo identification with his/her name and a current address on it. Acceptable photo ID's include:

  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Student ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • English Language ID issued by a foreign government

If the valid photo identification does not have the correct address, an additional form of identification listing the person's name and current address must be shown. Acceptable forms include:

  • a recently dated piece of mail or utility bill
  • a current pay check, check book or bank statement, or
  • any current legal form which has the correct information on it.

Child patrons are age 12 and under and Teen patrons are ages 13 - 17. Anyone under the age of 18 must have his/her parent, stepparent, or legal guardian complete a Child or Teen registration form and sign it in order to receive a library card. The adult signing must show valid library card or valid photo identification to verify residence. A patron, or in the case of a minor the individual signing a registration, is responsible for all uses of a Computer Use Only card.

Internet access is considered a privilege at the Library. Patrons using computers must abide by the current Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy. While KHCPL attempts to prevent direct access to materials that would not be generally acceptable in a public library, it is technically impossible to prevent access to all objectionable resources. It is the responsibility of the parent, stepparent or legal guardian to monitor and guide their own children in the use of the library computers and the Internet.

LIBRARY STAFF CARD

It is not necessary for a staff member to live in the library's taxing district in order to obtain a library card. All Library staff and volunteers are eligible for this card. Staff members are not charged overdue fines on any items, but will still be billed for unreturned items and may be turned over to collection agency.


Additional Information

Replacement Card

Lost Cards may be replaced for $2.00. Cards may be replaced at no charge if proof of theft or destruction is presented. Patrons are limited to two library cards per account.

Material Deposit

This option is for persons who are not eligible for, or choose not to purchase, a library card. Up to five items may be checked out, with a refundable cash deposit of $20.00 for each item. Payment must be received in cash; no checks or

credit cards payments will be accepted. A patron record will be created at the time of payment but no card will be issued. Normal fines and billing schedule apply and the patron may be turned over to the collection agency.

Expiration Dates

All library patron records will expire after one year, at which time library staff will need verification that the patron information in the system is correct.