How To Get A Library Card
Any person is welcome to use the library and its materials in-house; a library card is required only to borrow materials from the library.
If you live or own property within the town limits of North Manchester, you are eligible for a library card at no additional cost. The library is supported financially by property taxes from our library district, which is the city limits of North Manchester. Individuals who live OR own property within the city limits of North Manchester pay for library service through their taxes each year.
You must come to the library in person to register for a card. To provide proof of address, please bring with you one of the following items:
- a recent piece of mail;
- a renter's agreement;
- a recent utility bill with your address;
- a recent property tax bill.
If you live outside of the town limits, but wish to borrow materials from the library, you may do so after paying the subscription fee for library service. The fee is set by state law and reviewed annually by the library board.
If you live outside of the town limits, but own property in North Manchester, please see the information above for Residents.
Current Fees for Non-resident Cards
One-year individual card — $80.00
Because Chester Township levies a property tax to its residents for library service, persons living in rural Chester Township may apply to the Trustee, Flo Dahlstrom, for a library card.
Chester Township Trustee
1409 N Market St.
North Manchester, IN 46962
Monday-Wednesday 6:30-8:00 p.m.
By appointment only
If this is the first time you have applied for a card through the Trustee OR if you are not sure if you live in rural Chester Township, you should call to make an appointment to visit Ms. Dahlstrom so that she can verify your address.
If you are renewing an expired card, you may pick up an application at the library, fill it out, and mail it to Ms. Dahlstrom. After we receive the application and fee from Ms. Dahlstrom, your library card will be issued or renewed.
If you attend Manchester University, you are eligible for a library card at no cost. You must come to the library in person to register for a card. Please bring your student ID as proof of registration at the university.
If you are a student enrolled in the Manchester Community School system, and you do not live within the town limits, you (or your parents) are eligible for a library card at no cost.
When you register for the card, please bring proof of enrollment, such as:
- an enrollment receipt,
- current report card,
- or student ID.
- The student card is for YOUR library materials only – it is not a family card.
- You, the student, must be present when materials are checked out on your card.
- Video materials are not eligible for checkout on the student card.
The Public Library Access Card (PLAC) is Indiana’s statewide public library borrowing card. PLAC may be purchased at any Indiana library, and it allows individuals to borrow directly from any public library outside their home library district.
Individuals with a valid resident library card in good standing from their home library are eligible for a PLAC. They must be residents or real property taxpayers of their home library’s taxing district.
The statewide fee is set annually by state law and announced by the Indiana State Library. The fee for 2013 is $50. A PLAC expires one year from the date of purchase.
More information about PLAC is available on the Indiana State Library’s website.
NMPL belongs to an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service in which we can borrow books or obtain photocopies of magazine articles from other libraries for you. The service is free to you (though you may be charged for the photocopies). Most requests are filled within a couple weeks. For more information, as at the main checkout desk.