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Get a Library Card

Bartholomew County Public Library promotes responsible lifelong library use with minimal barriers to facilitate fair and equitable sharing of the community's collections.

Individuals applying for a BCPL card must present current photo identification.

  • Acceptable forms of photo identification are: drivers’ license, state ID card, passport, military ID, school ID, or employment ID. These must not be expired and must include both name and photo.

Children, up to 17, may, with parental signature and parental identification defined by the above criteria, obtain a Library card. Children, ages 13-17, may be issued a borrower’s card without parental signature by presenting photo identification as defined above.

For new borrowers, the library card is mailed to verify the address. Until the card arrives, a new borrower is eligible to check out two items at a time.

A borrower who is already on file but is requesting a new borrower’s card is not subject to the new borrower restrictions. This includes 13 year olds moving from Child to Teen status, 18 year olds moving from Teen to Adult status, persons changing from non-resident to resident status, and persons needing replacement for lost, stolen, or damaged cards.

Types of Cards:

Resident Card
Individuals of all ages are eligible for a Bartholomew County Public Library card if they live at a Bartholomew County address or own real property (real estate) in Bartholomew County. Property owners must show proof of ownership. Card must be renewed every 3 years.
A child who is 12 years of age or younger is issued a Child borrower’s card. Anyone who is between 13 and 17 years of age is issued a Teen borrower’s card. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is issued an Adult borrower’s card.


Employees of Bartholomew County Public Library will receive a library card for the duration of their employment. Card must be renewed every 3 years.




Students attending public, parochial, or home school in Bartholomew County or students taking college classes at a campus in Bartholomew County are eligible for a library card for the duration of their registration at school. Card must be renewed every year.





Classroom and Home school teachers at a preschool, k-12, or college campus physically located within Bartholomew County are eligible for a teacher card for the duration of their employment. This card is meant to be used in support of school curriculum. Card must be renewed every year.




Persons living in library districts with which BCPL has a reciprocal agreement are eligible for a library card. This includes libraries participating in the Statewide Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant and local agreements with Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library, Jackson County Public Library, Jennings County Public Library, and Edinburgh Public Library. Card must be renewed every 3 years.
Public Library Access (PLAC)
Residents or non-resident taxpayers of any participating Indiana public Library district who have a current Library card are eligible to participate. To purchase a PLAC card, these individuals must present current photo identification and identification stating their current address of residency in addition to their home Library card. After payment of the PLAC fee, a PLAC card and a BCPL card will be issued.If an individual presents a PLAC card issued at another Library, a BCPL card may be issued upon presentation of current photo identification and identification stating their current address of residency. Cards will be issued only to the PLAC cardholder and expire one year from the date of purchase of the PLAC card.
Digital Access Card
Digital Access Card
Anyone eligible for a resident or non-resident card may apply for a Digital Access Card in lieu of a regular, full-access card. No physical items may be checked out. The card will allow access to all online and digital resources. No address verification is necessary.
Non-Resident Card
Non-Resident Card
Individuals living in a non-library taxing district may purchase a Non-Resident Card by paying the current non-resident fee. After paying this fee, non-resident cardholders have the same benefits as resident cardholders. Card must be renewed every year.
Youth Access Card
Youth Access Card
Anyone eligible for a resident or non-resident card under 18 may apply for a Youth Access card in lieu of a regular, full-access card. No parent or guardian signature will be required on the application, but notice will be sent to the youth’s address to the attention of the parent/guardian. A limit of 5 books/audiobooks in all formats will be imposed on the card. No DVDs, tablets, or other equipment may be checked out. The card will allow access to all online and digital resources. Card must be renewed every 3 years.
Institutional Card
Institutional Card
Schools, daycares, residential care facilities, governmental agencies, and nonprofit (501c3) organizations physically located within Bartholomew County are eligible for an institutional card. An employee of the organization must complete the application and have the manager, director, or financial officer of t he organization sign the application stating that the institution agrees to the financial responsibility of the items charged to the account. The card must be renewed every 3 years.
Teacher Card
Teacher Card
Classroom and homeschool teachers at a preschool, K-12, or college campus physically located within Bartholomew County are eligible for a teacher card for the duration of their employment. This card has a longer checkout period and higher checkout limit, and is meant to be used in support of school curriculum. Card must be renewed every year.