Get a Library Card
Using the Library has never been easier!
Your library card gives you access to thousands of books, DVDs, and materials available to borrow and enjoy. It also allows you to use the Library 24/7 with our digital collections.
La Porte County Public Library does not charge overdue fees when items are returned in good condition. You will only be charged for lost or damaged items.
If it has been awhile since you’ve used your card, or you can’t remember how to access your account, we’re here to help! You can call any location during open hours for assistance or email email@example.com.
Getting a Library Card
La Porte County Public Library offers a variety of account types designed to provide the access that’s right for you and your family, or organization. Residents of La Porte County can apply for an account at any location.
To get a library card, you will need:
- A photo ID (the ID does not need to be current)
- Proof of address (like a utility statement or another bill)
- Parent or guardian permission is required for customers under the age of 18
Register online for instant access to LPCPL’s digital collections or to request an item for pickup.
You can go to any location to update your account and receive full library access. Digital accounts expire after 30 days and cannot be renewed.
Types of Libraray Cards Available
Regular Library Card Types
Level 1 Access – May check out materials cataloged as youth materials. Requires the permission of a parent/guardian if customer is under the age of 18. This card type will take the place of the Preschool and Youth Limited card types.
Level 2 Access – May check out materials cataloged as youth and young adult materials. Requires the permission of a parent/guardian if customer is under the age of 18.
Level 3 Access – May check out all circulating materials. Requires the permission of a parent/guardian if customer is under the age of 18. This card type will replace the Adult and Youth Unlimited card types.
Community Partner Access – A business or non-profit organization owned or operated in La Porte County. Flexible loan periods on requestable physical materials. May check out all circulating collections. Application required.
Community and Education Card Types
Outreach – An individual enrolled in LPCPL Lobby Stop or Doorstep Delivery Service. Application requires. Overdue fine exempt
PLAC – PLAC is the statewide library card, enacted by (Indiana Code 4-23-7.1-5.1). The PLAC program allows an individual to borrow materials directly from any public library in Indiana. Borrower will be able to check out all circulating material types. An individual who holds a valid public library card may obtain a PLAC. The fee for a PLAC is established by the Indiana State Library yearly.
Fee Card — For a person who does not live or own property within La Porte County whose library district does not participate in a reciprocal borrower agreement or lives out of the state and wishes to use the La Porte County Public Library System. Individuals are required to have proof of identity. Borrower will be able to check out all circulating material types. The Library Board of Trustees sets the fee for this card type.
ILL Card – For a Library that participates in the statewide interlibrary loan service.
Student and Educator Cards
These card types are issued to students and staff of schools with a shared services agreement through our Libraries 360 program. These card types are overdue fine exempt. Cardholders will be responsible for damaged and lost items.
Elementary Student – May check out materials cataloged as youth materials.
Middle School Student – May check out materials cataloged as youth and young adult materials.
High School Student – May check out all circulating materials.
Teacher – School corporation instructor or media staff. May check out all circulating materials for work-related use. Personal use of materials will need to be on a public card type account.
All account types are fine exempt. All customer card types will be responsible for fees for lost or damaged items.