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Getting A Library Card Is Easy

At the Tipton County Public Library, we believe everyone should have access to the library’s materials, which is why we make getting a card so easy.

With your new card, everything at the library is

Always New. Always Connected.

How to get your card:

Kids and Teens

Children of Tipton County residents, between the ages of 3 and 17, may be issued a juvenile card with parent or guardian signature and parent’s identification with current address. With a juvenile card, children have borrowing privileges for all print and audio materials in the Children’s Department. At the age of 8, children are eligible for full access to all library materials, including DVDs and video games, with the parent’s permission. The juvenile must be present at the time of application, and the parent or guardian must have a library card in good standing. The signing adult assumes responsibility for any and all items checked out by children under the age of 18. Library staff do not screen choice of materials, and the selection of all library materials by minors must be monitored by the parents or guardians.


The library will issue borrower’s cards free of charge to Tipton County residents or property owners who are eighteen (18) years of age or older. The library card entitles adult residents to borrow any materials circulated by the library. To apply for a library card, residents must present a current photo identification card and proof of address as listed below. Online registrations will give patrons temporary access to online resources, and when proof of identification and address have been shown at the library, patrons will receive their library card and will then have full access to all library resources.

Library Card FAQs

How do I register for a library card?

To apply for a library card, residents must present a current photo identification card and proof of address.

Acceptable Photo Identification

Driver’s License

State Issued Identification Card


School Identification Card

Military Identification Card

Acceptable Proof of Address

Postmarked mail

Bank Statement or Checkbook

Lease Agreement or Mortgage Paperwork

Utility Bill

Voter’s Registration Card

Does my library card expire?

Adult cards expire every three years from the date of issue. Photo ID with current address must be presented at the time of renewal to ensure that all information is correct. Juvenile cards expire at the age of 18, and the patron may then apply for an adult card.

Special Card Registrations

Temporary Resident Card

There is no charge for a Temporary Resident card, and a patron may apply for this card if they will be a resident in Tipton County for a minimum of 30 days. All regular registration and borrowing policies apply. The temporary card is good for one year and entitles the patron to all the rights and privileges of the library.


Organization or Business Card

Tipton County organizations or businesses may register for a library card. One person must be designated as the contact person for the organization/business, and this library card will be limited to organizational or business use. The organization or business named on the library card application is responsible for any fines and/or lost or damaged materials checked out on the card.


Non-resident Taxpayer Card

Non-residents of Tipton County who pay property taxes in Tipton County 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 any individuals residing at the same address as the taxpayer.


Non-resident Card

Individuals or families living in an area not served by a public library may purchase a Non-resident card by paying the current non-resident fee. After purchasing this card, non-resident cardholders have the same benefits as resident cardholders. Non-resident cards expire one year from date of purchase.


Resident or non-resident taxpayers of any participating Indiana public library district who have a current library card are eligible to purchase a PLAC library card, which is valid for use at any Indiana library. These individuals must present current photo identification and proof of current address of residency in addition to their home library card. PLAC cards are valid for one year from date of purchase.


Teacher Cards

Teachers employed by the Tipton Community School Corporation or the Tri-Central Community Schools, who do not live in Tipton County, may apply for a Teacher library card for the school year. Local pre-school teachers and homeschool families are also eligible for Teacher cards. This card may be used for classroom related materials only. However, as a courtesy, teachers employed in Tipton County who live outside the county may also apply for a personal library card. Teacher cards will expire at the end of each school year, and may be renewed at the beginning of each school year.


Reciprocal Borrowing Card

Any individual who has a library card in good standing with any of the Indiana libraries on the list of Statewide Reciprocal Borrowers Covenant Libraries may obtain a Tipton County Public Library card at no charge with all rights and privileges of a Tipton County resident.

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