Getting a Library Card

Getting a Library Card

The library card application is available to print so that it can be filled out at home. Applications are always available at the library.

Library Card Application printable pdf

Please read the requirements below for who is eligible to have a library card and what ID is required.

Each person receiving a library card will need an application filled out and needs to come to the library to sign the application and library card.

The video provided here can help answer questions about filling out the application. Or you can call the library at 812-256-3337.


The Charlestown-Clark County Libraries welcome any individual into the library facilities.  In order to obtain a library card and borrow materials and use other services, an individual shall:

  • Be a resident, business, or property owner in Clark County, Indiana, outside Jeffersonville Township
  • Be a resident of any library district that has signed the Indiana Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement and have a valid library card from his/her home district.

Except Jeffersonville Township because of an individual agreement to honor residents of either district.

  • Be an Indiana non-county resident with a valid Public Library Access Card (PLAC)
  • Be an Indiana non-county resident who pays an annual fee based on per capita costs
  • Be a student enrolled or a teacher employed in any school or school district in the library district with an Indiana residence. Card is valid for the school year.
  • Be residing in the library district on a temporary basis. The fee is $1.00 and a refundable cash deposit of $25.00 validates a card for two (2) months.


An application form is filled out in person. The person filling out the form must present the following identifications to validate the card:

  • Indiana driver’s license or state identification (out-of-state driver’s license until new one is obtained)

      AND one of the following items for proof of address:

  • Current employee identification card
  • Current voter’s registration card
  • Phone, electric or any other utility bill (recent)
  • Lease, rental, mortgage papers (recent)
  • Tax payment receipt (current year)

Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or responsible party sign the application and present the forms of identification listed above.

The application process includes signing and agreeing to a contract responsibility statement as authorized by I.C. 36-12-3-6 and I.C. 35-43-4-3.5.

PLAC cards are issued to Indiana residents in accordance with I.C 4-23-7.1-5.1  Changes of address and other pertinent information shall be reported in a timely manner to the library.


  • Library cards are issued as the responsibility of the card holder.
  • Lost cards are to be reported immediately.
  • Inactive cards will be deleted from the system after one year of inactivity.
  • Library cards are not transferable. The bearer must be the person whose name appears on the card record unless prior arrangement has been approved.
  • Library cards may be used at all units of the Charlestown-Clark County Public Library.
  • A $1.00 replacement fee will be charged for lost cards.
New Resident, adult 18 or older Driver’s license and property tax receipt, utility bill, current mail w/ address   Three months, then change to resident, adult
New Resident under 18 Ages 5-17 School ID or ID from responsible party   Three months, then change to resident under 18
Resident, adult 18 or older Driver’s license, property tax receipt, utility bill, current mail w/ address   Annual
Resident under 18 Ages 5-17 School ID or ID from responsible party   Annual
Reciprocal   ID plus home library card   Annual
PLAC   ID plus home library card annually Annual from the date of purchase
Non-resident, adult 18 or older Current ID annually Annual from the date of purchase
Non-resident under 18 Ages 5-17   annually Annual from the date of purchase
Student       Annually in May
Teacher       Annually in May
Temporary     $1.00 fee, $25.00 cash refundable deposit Every 2 months
Staff       Annual
Board member       Annual
Corporate Tax receipt, letterhead or other supporting corporate docs     Annual
Non-Profit org. Supporting documentation indicating Clark County location     Annual
In house tracking