Apply for a Card

  • Residents of St. Joseph County are eligible to apply for a free MPHPL library card.
  • Visit any of our locations to sign up and obtain your new card immediately. 

In order to protect your identity and borrowing privileges, we ask you to provide two forms of ID when applying for a library card:

  1. A valid unexpired photo ID which includes your birthdate, examples include:

    • Valid Indiana Driver’s license with current address

    • Valid State of Indiana ID with current address

    • Green Card

    • Passport

    • Workplace picture identification

  2. A piece of mail from the last 30 days addressed to you at your current address, examples include:
    • 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)

  • Parents or legal guardians applying for a child’s card should bring their two pieces of ID, and have the child with them.
  • If you reside outside of St. Joseph County, MPHPL has reciprocal borrowing agreements with over 80 Indiana libraries. Reciprocal patrons can obtain an MPHPL library card by providing the two pieces of ID listed above, as well as a current valid library card from their home library. Browse the list of libraries to find out if your library is reciprocal with MPHPL!
  • Residents of Madison or Baugo Townships, or of any other Indiana locale which does not support a library, may still obtain an MPHPL library card through our Fee Card program. An MPHPL Fee Card costs $80/year for an individual. Reduced rates are available for some students and teachers (call the Circulation Department for details).  A Fee Card confers full borrowing privileges, and makes Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library your home library. Fee Card patrons will want to bring the two pieces of identification listed above when applying for a card.
  • Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library also sells and accepts Indiana PLAC cards. PLAC cards allow an Indiana resident limited borrowing privileges at any Indiana library. Although largely superseded by the reciprocal borrowing program, PLAC cards are valuable for patrons visiting libraries which do not offer reciprocal privileges. Please see a Circulation Clerk for current pricing and details.

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

The card owner is responsible for all materials checked out on their library card.

Read our Library Card policy.

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