How to Get a Library Card
The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library welcomes any individual to use its facilities. However, in order to borrow material from the library, a user must present a valid New Albany-Floyd County Public Library card.
Cards can be obtained at the library’s upper level circulation desk upon completion of an application and the presentation of an approved form of identification. The applicant must be present. Parents or legal guardians must sign the application for children under the age of 16 and also show an approved form of identification.
In order to better serve patrons who are checking out, cards will not be issued past 8:15 PM Monday-Thursday, 5:15 PM Friday-Saturday, and 4:45 PM on Sunday (Sunday hours are seasonal; see Hours at the bottom of the home page for current operating schedule).
Eligibility for Library Cards
The following people are eligible for free library cards:
- Floyd county residents
- Non-resident Floyd county property owners with property tax receipt
- Reciprocal borrowers from Clark and Harrison counties
Identification is required in order to obtain a card. Below is a list of approved forms of identification.
Approved identification (note: all identification must be current):
ONE of the following forms of identification with photograph is required:
- Valid State of Indiana driver’s license with current address
- Valid State of Indiana identification card with current address
OR in the absence of any of the above forms of identification the patron may instead present one item from each of the lists below as acceptable forms of identification for a library card.
Indiana residents who live outside Floyd county and who do not own property within the county limits, do not pay taxes to support the library. Therefore, a fee must be charged for library services. We offer several options to give non-residents borrowing privileges. Non-residents may purchase a New Albany-Floyd County Public Library card for a yearly fee of $45 for and individual card with approved identification.
PLAC (Public Library Access Card)
Individuals who own a valid Indiana public library card may purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). A PLAC provides access to all public libraries within the state of Indiana. PLAC holders must provide proper identification, along with their valid Indiana public library card, in order to obtain a free New Albany-Floyd County Public Library card.
Non-Resident Floyd County Property Owners
Non-resident Floyd county property owners may receive a free card upon presentation of a current property tax receipt.
The Tri-County Borrowing program allows Floyd, Clark and Harrison county residents who live in a library district to borrow from any library in the tri-county area using the “home” library card (new cards may be issued from each library). To apply, visit our Circulation Desks and bring your home library card and ID. You must be in good standing at your home library. Reciprocal borrower cards are good for 1 year and then must be renewed.
Any non-resident high school or elementary student who attends a public or private school located in Floyd county will be issued a library card valid until the beginning of the next school year. Non-resident students at the elementary or high school level may present a signed statement on the school’s official business letterhead paper in order to obtain a free card. The statement must affirm attendance at a Floyd county school. Valid photo identification with current address must be presented as well. If under the age of 16, the student’s legal guardian or parent with approved identification must accompany the child to sign the registration form.
Non-resident teachers at a Floyd county school may receive a non-resident teacher library card by presenting a paycheck stub from the Floyd county institution, an insurance card that states the name of the Floyd county school, a letter from the institution stating that the teacher is under contract for the current school year, or a valid teacher ID card. The applicant may also prove employment as a Floyd county teacher through inclusion in the current New Albany-Floyd County Public School Directory. A valid photo identification with correct address is also required.
Non-resident teacher cards are available to those employed at any public or private school in Floyd county, a local Head Start, and state-licensed day care centers.
Cards will be valid until the beginning of the next school year.
Transients who are residing in Floyd county on a temporary basis may obtain a limited card upon payment of $15. Ten dollars is a refundable deposit and $5 is the card’s fee. The patron must surrender the card within 12 months of the card’s issuance in order to receive a refund of their deposit. No more than two items from each department is allowed to circulate at one time on a non-permanent card. The card is issued for six months.
Any institution or business in Floyd county which agrees to be responsible for and pay all fines, fees or replacement costs, is eligible for an institutional card. To obtain a card, a business should present a request printed on company letterhead stating that the business will be responsible for any fines or fees. The company determines who is authorized to use the card.
Library users, resident or non-resident, may receive a card for library computer use only. Internet-only cards can be obtained by presenting a valid form of photo identification. A legal guardian or parent with a valid photo identification must accompany children under the age of 16. The card must be brought with each visit and is not transferable.
Approved by the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Board of Trustees, March 6, 2008.