Library Card Use and Privileges

A patron must present a card each time they wish to borrow materials and their account must be in good standing to borrow materials.

In most cases, a maximum of 100 items may be checked out simultaneously on an Evergreen Indiana library card.  There is a maximum limit of 10 DVDs, 10 videos, 6 art and 1 gaming software items per Evergreen Indiana library card.  Borrowing limits are calculated at the consortium level and not at the library level.

If a patron forgets their Evergreen Indiana card, they should:

  • Return to the library after retrieving their library card (in this instance, materials may be held for a limited time pending the patron’s return).
  • Purchase a replacement library card for two dollars ($2).

Once you have your library card, you can use it to borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, and access streaming videos, all for free, on your online cable connected or wifi accessible desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, or smart phone.  For more information go to: OverDrive

Overdue materials incur fines of 25¢ per day per item with a $10.00 fine cap per item.  Patrons may pay all or a portion of overdue fines.  If fines exceed $10.00 the patron’s record will be blocked or barred until the fines and fees are paid or the patron has resolved the matter with the particular library to restore his or her privileges.  Within the Evergreen system, it is possible in some circumstances that a patron may be (or remain) “blocked” if related group or family member cards are “blocked” due to excessive fines.

Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy from the Evergreen Indiana Libraries. Failure to receive notices does not exempt patrons from the responsibility for payment for library materials or overdue fines and fees.

Renewal requests may be made in person, by phone or via the online catalog “My Account” feature.  Certain categories of materials are not eligible for renewal.  If a “HOLD” has been placed on an item, it may not be renewed.

Evergreen cardholders in the resident, non-resident, PLAC, outreach, temp and staffcard profiles have full access to the consortium and may place holds on any Evergreen library’s holdable materials. Reciprocal borrower, student, transitional, or teacher profile cardholders may place holds only on the materials owned by the library that issued the library card.

Holds may be placed on most items in any Evergreen Indiana library. Patrons will have one week after the hold is filled to pick up the held item.  Patrons may have 20 unfilled holds in the system.

For more information on Library Card Privileges and Card Holder responsibilities see – Borrowing Privileges