How to Get a Library Card

We welcome anyone to use our facilities. However, in order to borrow material from the library, a user must present a valid New Albany-Floyd County Public Library card.

Visit our Circulation Desks to pick up an application.

Bring your completed application and approved forms of ID to the Circulation Desk to get a library card. Parents or legal guardians must sign the application for children under 16 and show approved ID.

NAFC Library Card

 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

 Approved identification:

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

Identification is required in order to obtain a card.

In the absence of any of the above forms of identification, you may instead present one item from each of the lists below as acceptable forms of identification.

  • State of Indiana Learner’s Permit
  • Passport
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Food stamp identification
  • Medicare-Medicaid card
  • Social Security Card
  • Voter registration card
  • Workplace ID
  • Out of State ID
  • Vehicle registration (issued within last 12 months)
  • Business mail with local address (postmarked within last 30 days)
  • Checkbook (personal address must be machine printed) or bank statement
  • Fishing/Handgun permit
  • Insurance card with current address (issued within last 12 months)
  • New Albany Housing Authority identification (issued within last 6 months)
  • School report card (current grading period or immediately preceding current grading period)
  • Utility bill (issued within last 30 days)
  • Credit card bill (issued within last 30 days)
  • Paycheck stub (current) with preprinted name and address
  • Property tax receipt
  • Rent receipt

Non-Resident Cards

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.

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 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.

Approved by the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Board of Trustees, March 6, 2008.