Apply for a Card

Resident​ Library Card

  • Residents or real property taxpayers of Penn and Harris townships are eligible to apply for a free MPHPL library card.
  • Visit any of our locations to sign up and obtain your new card immediately. 
  • Minors (under 18 years old) seeking a library card will need to be present with their parent/guardian, who will provide the ID requirements and sign for financial responsibility for items borrowed.  If the parent/guardian has an MPHPL card, it must be in good standing.  Minor library cards may not check out DVDs.

In order to protect your identity and borrowing privileges, we ask you to provide proof of identity.

Picture Identification

A valid unexpired photo ID that includes your birthdate and current address, examples include:

  • Valid Indiana Driver’s license with current address

  • Valid State of Indiana ID with current address

  • Green Card

  • Passport

  • Workplace picture identification

Proof of Address

If a physical address is not present or current on your photo ID, you will also need to provide proof of address through the following:

  • Current bank statement (with preprinted name and address)

  • Current credit card bill

  • Current lease or rent receipt

  • Paycheck stub (current) with preprinted name and address

  • Property tax receipt

  • Current utility bill

  • Checks (with preprinted name and address)

 

Reciprocal Library Card

  • MPHPL has reciprocal borrowing agreements with over 80 Indiana libraries.
  • Reciprocal patrons can obtain an MPHPL card by providing the ID listed above, as well as a current valid resident library card from their home library.
  • Browse the list of libraries to find out if your library is reciprocal with MPHPL!

 

Juvenile Limited-Access Library Card

  • Designed to allow minors to obtain a library card even if their parent/guardian is not in good standing with MPHPL
  • Limited to 6 print items (no DVDs or other media materials)

 

Computer-Use Only Card

  • Available to all visitors, regarless of residence, who do not currently have an MPHPL library card
  • Requires a valid picture ID
  • Minors (under 18 years old) seeking a card will need to be present with their parent/guardian, who will provide the ID requirement and give permission for the minor to use the internet
  • Expires 1 year after issue

 

Non-Resident Library Card ("Fee Card")

  • Residents of Madison or Baugo Townships, or of any other Indiana locale which does not support a library through property taxes, may obtain a card with the same ID requirements described above.
  • Cost $80/year for an individual and $25/year for students and teachers.  Non-Resident cards have full borrowing privileges.
  • Michigan residents are not eligible for a Non-Resident card at this time.  
  • Expires 1 year after issue

 

Public Library Access Card (PLAC)

  • The PLAC program allows borrowing of materials at any library in Indiana.
  • Requires a home library card or a non-resident card at any Indiana Library.
  • Cost is $65
  • Expires 1 year after issue

 

Digital Card

  • Allows use of electronic materials, such as ebooks and databases
  • Students should click here to apply
  • Adults should click here to apply
  • You will recieve your digital card electronically through e-mail
  • Expires 1 year after issue

 

Speak with a Circulation Clerk at any of our branches if you have questions . We look forward to welcoming you as an MPHPL patron!

Card owners are responsible for all materials checked out on their library card.

Library Card policy.

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