Library Card Issuing Policy

Anderson Public Library cards provide access to materials and resources that support lifelong learning, discovery, and enjoyment. An Anderson Public Library card is required to borrow library materials. Individuals may apply for a card online or by visiting the Main Library or Lapel Branch. Applicants must pick up their cards in person.

Resident Library Cards

Because Anderson City, Anderson, Stony Creek, and Union Townships of Madison County, Indiana support library services through the payment of property taxes, the library will issue borrower’s cards free of charge to residents of these areas. Information from the local Assessor’s Office and the U.S. Census Bureau is used for final determination of residency.

Individuals must present current photo identification and identification providing proof of residency when obtaining an Anderson Public Library card.

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

Acceptable forms of identification for proof of residency are: driver’s license, personalized checks, voter registration, utility bill dated within the last 60 days, student identification with official class schedule, or proof of property ownership in Anderson City, Anderson, Stony Creek, or Union Townships of Madison County, Indiana. A post office box is not proof of residency.

Residents’ children up to age 17 residing at the same address as the resident may, with parental signature and parental identification defined by the above criteria, obtain an Anderson Public Library card. Children ages 14-17 may be issued a borrower’s card without parental signature by presenting photo identification and proof of residency as defined above.

Non-Resident Taxpayer Cards

Non-residents who pay property taxes in Anderson City, Anderson, Stony Creek, or Union Townships of Madison County, Indiana have the same benefits as resident cardholders.

Non-resident taxpayers must present a current paid tax bill listing their name and the address of the property owned in the library district. Cards may be issued to owners listed on the tax bill and family members residing at the same address as the taxpayer. Each cardholder must provide current photo identification and identification stating their current address of residency as defined above. Non-Resident cards expire one year from date of issue.

Corporate Cards

Corporate Library cards may be issued to schools, churches, government offices, and businesses located in Anderson City, Anderson, Stony Creek, and Union Townships of Madison County, Indiana.

The Principal, Senior Pastor, or Department Head of a school, church, or government office must agree to be responsible for all use of the account, apply for the card in person, and present a business card or nametag listing their title in addition to acceptable photo ID.

The CEO of a corporation or owner of a business must agree to be responsible for all use of the account, apply for the card in person, and present a corporate or business license, current paid tax receipt, or Certificate of Existence in addition to acceptable photo ID.

Use of a corporate account is limited to four adult (defined as being over 18) employees of the school, church, government office, or business as designated by the Principal, Senior Pastor, Department Head, business owner, or CEO. One of the four designees must be the Principal, Senior Pastor, Department Head, business owner, or CEO setting up the account. Designated users must be listed on the account and present current photo ID as defined above at the time of each checkout.

Corporate cards expire one year from date of issue.

Non-Resident Cards

Individuals living in a non-library taxing district may purchase a Non-Resident Card for $150. Non-Resident cards expire one year from date of issue.

Student and School Personnel Cards

Pursuant to Indiana Code 36-12-2-25, students currently enrolled in Anderson Community Schools, Anderson Preparatory Academy, Frankton-Lapel School Corporation schools, any non-public school located in the library district, and homeschool students who reside in un-served areas of Madison County, may, with parental signature, be issued a student card at no charge to be used at the Main Library or Lapel Branch.

Proof of current enrollment in ACS, Anderson Preparatory Academy, FLSC schools, or any non-public school located in the library district, such as a report card or mail from the school to the student from current school year, is required. Parent or guardian must provide current photo identification and identification stating their current address of residency as defined above. Parent or guardian identification also applies to homeschool students. Currently enrolled students 14 and older may be issued a borrower’s card without parental signature by presenting photo identification and proof of address of residency as defined above.

Current school personnel of Anderson Community Schools, Anderson Preparatory Academy, Frankton-Lapel School Corporation schools, and any non-public school located in the library district who reside in un-served areas of Madison County may be issued a school personnel card at no charge. As proof of employment, the customer must show a current school issued photo identification card or another form of proof of employment.

All student cards and school personnel cards expire August 31.

PLAC Cards

Public Library Access Card (PLAC) legislation was passed in 1992, effective January 1, 1993.

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 as defined above in addition to their home library card. After payment of the PLAC fee ($50) a PLAC card and an Anderson Public Library card will be issued. PLAC cards are valid one year from the date of purchase.

If an individual presents a PLAC card issued at another library, an Anderson Public Library card may be issued upon presentation of current photo identification and identification stating their current address of residency as defined above.

Cards will be issued only to the PLAC cardholder and expire one year from the date of purchase of the PLAC card.

Replacement Cards

Lost or damaged cards may be replaced with a new card upon request. There is a $2.00 charge for the new card. All regulations for issuing a new card apply to obtaining a replacement.