Getting a Library Card

Make sure to read through our Circulation Policy to know what to expect after getting your Evergreen Indiana library card.

The Jackson County Public library is part of the Evergreen Indiana Consortium. Joining the Evergreen Indiana Consortium means better service for taxpayers.The Indiana Public Library Consortium will give you easy access to materials at participating libraries throughout the state. As additional libraries join the Evergreen Indiana Consortium, they will share the same catalog, circulation policies, and materials.

Issuing a Library Card…

An Evergreen Indiana library card is required in order to check out materials at an Evergreen Indiana Library. Customers of the Evergreen Indiana Consortium libraries shall receive an Evergreen Indiana library card subject to certain limitations (see below, Loss of Privileges).  Evergreen Indiana library cards are not transferable.

Customers of Indiana public libraries not participating in the Evergreen Indiana Consortium may receive a library card at an Evergreen Indiana library pursuant to reciprocal borrower and other agreements. Users from non-participating Indiana libraries will not have the same privileges as Evergreen Indiana customers and such cards may be suspended at any time without notice.

Applicants for an Evergreen Indiana library card must present the required approved identification in person at the Evergreen Indiana library that will issue the library card.

Signing an Evergreen Indiana library card denotes acceptance of responsibility for all fines and fees and for payment for lost or damaged materials.

A sponsor showing proper identification may register a minor child for an Evergreen Indiana library card.  Registering a minor child for an Evergreen Indiana library card denotes acceptance of responsibility for all fees, fines and payment for lost or damaged materials charged on such minor’s library card. Emancipated minors will be asked to present evidence of their status to void the necessity of the presence of a parent or guardian.

Registering a minor child for an Evergreen Indiana library card denotes an acknowledgement and understanding that Evergreen Indiana libraries own and circulate videos, DVDs and unrated television series that may be geared toward a more mature audience and that a minor child will have access to materials for both adults and children and will be able to check out any of these materials. A sponsor may request a “limited access” card which prevents the user from checking out “r-rated” av materials.

Proper Identification must be presented to apply for an Evergreen Indiana library card. Proper Identification is one of the following:

  • a valid Indiana Driver’s License which displays a current address;
  • valid Indiana State ID which displays a current address; or
  • a current government issued photo ID (e.g., military ID, passport).
  • valid identification issued by another State (e.g., Driver’s License)
  • valid current university or college identification (e.g., Student identification)

If the presented Proper Identification does not display a current address, the applicant must present one item from the Recommended List in addition to the Indiana Driver’s License, Indiana State ID or other government issued photo ID presented as Proper Identification. The ID presented from the Recommended List must include a current address.
Recommended List of ID includes:

  • computer generated bank statement issued in applicant’s name within the last 30 days
  • computer generated utility, credit card company, doctor or hospital bill, issued in applicant’s name within the last 30 days and containing address of residence
  • Medicaid or Medicare benefit statement issued in the applicant’s name within the last 30 days
  • Change-of-address confirmation from the United States Postal Service showing prior and current address of residence (a P.O. Box is not acceptable as a residence address)
  • apartment lease signed within the last 30 days
  • property tax receipt issued in applicant’s name

The charge for a replacement Evergreen Indiana library card is two dollars ($2.00).  Proper identification must be presented to obtain a replacement library card.

Resident and Outreach cards are valid for two years. Nonresident, Reciprocal Borrower, Temporary, PLAC  and Student cards are valid for one year.

Checking Out Items…

All items check out 1 or 3 weeks.

1 Week

  • DVDs
  • Launchpads
  • Magazines

3 Weeks

  • Books
  • Books on CD
  • Kindles
  • BookPacks
  • Music CDs

Renewing items

All items listed above may be renewed two times, with the exceptions of Lucky Day collection, unless another customer has a hold on the item.

Items that do not check out

  • Current issues of magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Reference items

Using Your Library Card

Customers can use their Evergreen Indiana Library Card at any Evergreen Indiana library, but their card must be received from their local library. Also, due to the number of similarly named customers in the system, library cards must always be present to check out any items. If a card is lost, a replacement can be purchased for two dollars.

Check out limits

There are limits to how many items a customer may have out at one time. These limits are totals across all Evergreen Indiana libraries.

Type of item Total number allowed out
DVDs 10
Everything else 100

Borrowing items from another library…

Customers will be able to place holds on items belonging to other Evergreen Indiana libraries, which will be delivered to your local library via a state-wide delivery service. Items can be returned to any Evergreen Indiana library, and they’ll find their way home.

Overdue Notices and Fines…


Items (with the exception of equipment) will have a 1 day grace period before fines are assessed. After the grace period, each overdue item accrues a 25 cent fine for each day it is late ($5 per day for equipment). Fines and fees can be paid at any Evergreen Indiana library. No refunds can be given on lost items that are found after they are paid for. If you find it later, you get to keep it!

Overdue notices

The following are sent via email and/or text:

  • Reminder notice 3 days before an item is due
  • Notice on the day an item is due
  • Notice 14 days after an item was due
  • Notice 28 days after an item was due
  • Bill notice 45 days after an item was due

The following are sent via regular mail:

  1. Notice 14 days after an item was due
  2. Notice 28 days after an item was due
  3. Bill notice 45 days after an item was due

Sixty days after an item was due accounts are handed over to a collection agency.

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Loss of Privileges

A customer’s access to materials may be limited due to overdue materials or fines and fees. A customer’s card will be blocked, and no services may be obtained with it if the customer has 15 or more overdue items, or owes $10 or more in unpaid fines and/or fees.  Outreach customers will not be blocked until they have 50 or more items overdue. The number of overdue materials and/or amount of fines/fees that will result in a customer being “blocked” is calculated at the consortium level and not at the library level.   A customer may also be “barred” if circumstances warrant.

For instructions on how you can use you Evergreen Indiana card click here.

To see our circulation/borrower policy click here

To download a borrower card application click here

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