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  • About

About Your Library

      • James D. Garretson, President, Appointed by the Hamilton County Commissioners

        Reverend Patricia A. Napier, Vice President, Appointed by the Carmel Clay School Board

        Casey Wilson, Secretary, Appointed by the Hamilton County Council

        James W. Hehner, Member, Appointed by the Carmel City Council

        Stephanie Kim, Member, Appointed by the Carmel Clay School Board

        Ranjit Puthran, Member, Appointed by the Clay Township Board

        John Williams, Member, Appointed by the Carmel Clay School Board

        Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

        Meetings of the Board of Trustees are open to the public. The April meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held in the Monon Community Center East (1235 Central Park Drive East).

        Monday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, August 23 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m.

        Monday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m.

      • You must have your library card to check out items. 
        Books may be renewed three times if they are not on hold. 
        Phone renewals are accepted. 

        Fines are charged for overdue items: 

        • Books — $.10 per item per day
        • DVDs and Blu-rays — $.50 per item per day
        • Music CDs — $.10 per item per day
        • Audiobooks — $.10 per item per day
        • Adult Magazines — $.10 per item per day
        • Children's Magazines — $.10 per item per day
          Check out periods: 
        • Books — 3 weeks (three renewals)
        • DVDs and Blu-rays — 7 days (three renewals)
        • Music CDs — 3 weeks (three renewals)
        • Audiobooks — 3 weeks (three renewals)
        • Adult Magazines — 1 week (no renewals)
        • Children's Magazines — 3 weeks (no renewals)
      • If you live in Hamilton County, you may use your library card from your home library to check things out from any of the other public libraries in the county, too.

        To get an account set up at a neighboring Hamilton County library, you will need
        • a valid library card from your home library
        • a picture ID
        • proof of your current address (such as a piece of mail or a bill with your name and address)

        The library will register your existing card into their system.

        Checkout policies vary between libraries, so be sure to ask about the policies for that specific library. Electronic resources may not be available to non-resident cardholders.

        Participating Hamilton County Public Libraries

        Carmel Clay Public Library

        Hamilton East Public Library (Fishers & Noblesville)

        Hamilton North Public Library (Atlanta & Cicero)

        Sheridan Public Library

        Westfield Washington Public Library

      • CCPL is closed for the following holidays:

        Martin Luther King Jr. Day

        Easter Sunday

        Memorial Day (Sunday and Monday)

        July 4

        Labor Day (Sunday and Monday)


        Christmas Eve

        Christmas Day

        December 26, 2020

        New Years Eve

        New Years Day

      • The Carmel Clay Public Library provides delivery service of books and audiovisual materials to patrons living in Clay Township who are unable to come to the library due to extended or acute illness, physical disabilities or other extenuating circumstances. This service is coordinated by the library's Adult Services Department. This service is greatly appreciated by homebound patrons; many of them have commented that without this service they would not be able to enjoy reading or listening to books and watching movies.

        Selection of materials is made by library staff based on patron interests and requests. Audiovisual materials as well as books may be selected. Deliveries are made by volunteers on a schedule that is compatible to both the patron and the volunteer, usually every three weeks or once a month. Loan periods are based on the delivery schedule and renewals are permitted unless there are holds on the materials.

        The library would not be able to provide this service without its generous volunteers. Homebound volunteers pick up bags of materials at the library and deliver them to the homebound patrons. Some homebound patrons live in their own homes; others live in assisted living residences, retirement facilities, or nursing homes.

        If you desire homebound service, know someone who would like this service, or wish to become a homebound volunteer, call 317-814-3987.


      • It is the policy of the Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) to make Internet resources available to its patrons, along with collections of print, non-print, and electronic resources. The addition of Internet resources provides access to information beyond that contained in the Library's collections.

        Youth through 8th grade are to use Internet workstations in the Children's & Youth Technology Room or near the Children's & Youth Reference Desk. High school students must present a photo ID (e.g., school ID, driver's learning permit, driver's license) to use 2nd floor Internet workstations in the Adult Technology Room, in Reference Services, or in Young Adult Services. Youth of any age may use the 2nd floor Internet workstations if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

        By accessing the Library's Internet, the user agrees to the following acceptable use policy:

        I agree to use library computers for lawful purposes in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational, informational, and recreational purposes for which they are provided, and to follow all rules concerning limited computer time.

        I will not use the Internet for any purpose prohibited by Indiana or federal law; misrepresent myself by access code, password, or signature; alter hardware or software, nor make copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data unless such use is authorized.

        I understand that the Library does not monitor and has no control over materials obtained on the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for Internet content. CCPL cannot control access to online content or protect patrons from online content they may find offensive.

        I understand that the Library is compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and has technology protection measures (TPM or "filters") on its computers, designed to protect against access to visual depictions that may reasonably be construed as 1) obscene 2) child pornography or 3) harmful to minors.

        I will not send, receive, or display sexually explicit materials or materials deemed harmful to minors. I also agree to use appropriate discretion when viewing materials and will refrain from displaying material on a terminal when so requested by library staff.

        I understand and accept the restrictions placed on youth described above in the Internet Use Policy. I also understand that parents and guardians of minors have both the right and the responsibility for their children's use of the Internet workstations at the Library to:

        • Assure their children's safety and security when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communications;

        • Protect against unauthorized access, including "hacking" and other unlawful activities by their children;

        • Protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors; and

        • Restrict their children's access to Internet sites that are harmful to minors.
          I waive my right to any claim against the Carmel Clay Public Library, its employees, trustees, officers, and agents arising from use of the Internet.

        • I understand that failure to comply with this agreement may result in loss of computer privileges or banishment from CCPL.

        The Library reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.The policy was adopted October, 2011.

      • The Carmel Clay Public Library is a dynamic civic resource that enhances the quality of life of the Carmel Clay community by providing for the educational, informational, and recreational needs of all its citizens.

        To effectively serve all library patrons, the Library Board of Trustees has established the following standards of conduct to maintain a safe and pleasant environment conducive to fulfilling our mission.

        1.  Food and beverage consumption is allowed in the library. Consult current guidelines for limits.

        2.  All children must be supervised while on library property and in the library building. Children under 11 must have a responsible caregiver age 16 or older on the premises, and children 5 or under must be accompanied at all times.

        3.  Any activity which interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the library, which endangers patrons or staff, or could result in damage to library property or materials, is unacceptable. Inappropriate behavior includes but is not limited to:

        • abuse or vandalism of library property
        • abusive, offensive or obscene language
        • bringing in animals other than guide dogs and other assistive animals
        • carrying weapons of any kind, except by law enforcement officers or as authorized by law (i.e., a permit is required to carry a gun)
        • fighting, running or horseplay
        • harassment of any kind
        • illegal activity of any kind
        • intoxication
        • loud conversation which is disturbing to others
        • obstruction of aisles or doorways
        • possession of alcohol or illegal drugs
        • sexual misconduct
        • sleeping
        • smoking
        • solicitation of patrons or staff
        • unauthorized distribution or posting of flyers or leaflets
        • violation of the library's Internet Policy

        4.  Shirt, shoes and appropriate clothing are required for all patrons, including children, while in the library building.

        5.  The use of cellular or portable telephones is not permitted in the quiet study room, the technology room, or other designated quiet areas, or during any library program.

        6.  The use of radios, CD players, or other listening devices without personal earphones is restricted to designated areas such as listening rooms in the Audiovisual Department.

        7.  All motorized vehicles, including motorcycles, must be parked in designated parking areas.

        8.  The recreational use of bicycles, roller skates/blades, skateboards or scooters on library property is prohibited. They may be used as transportation to the library only and are not permitted inside the building.

        The library reserves the right to expel and/or restrict the library privileges of anyone who violates these standards of conduct. Unlawful activities will be reported to the police.

      • Our Mission: to inspire lifelong discovery, facilitate collaboration, and connect people with resources.

        Our Vision: to support a diverse community of people committed to lifelong learning, an enhanced quality of life, and enriching social and cultural experiences.

        Our Values:

        • Intellectual Freedom and Freedom of Information for All
        • Quality and Diversity of Collection and Services
        • Adaptability and Openness to Change
        • Collaboration and Partnerships
      • Send a print job from home or print wirelessly from your device to the printing station at the Merchants' Square Main Library.

        Printing Costs

        • Black and White Printing - $0.10 per page
        • Color Printing - $0.50 per page

        Sending your print job

        If you wish to print in black and white, e-mail or text your file to

        If you wish to print in color, e-mail or text your file to

        You will receive an email or text notification when your print job is ready to be retrieved from the print release station at the Merchants' Square Main Library. Depending on the size of your file, it may take several minutes before you receive a confirmation message. The print queue is cleared nightly, so jobs must be picked up the same day.

        To retrieve the print job at the print release station, enter the following:

        • Text message files: enter your phone number without spaces (e.g. 3178143900).
        • Email files: enter your email address without the domain (e.g. johndoe instead of

        Cash or credit are the only payment choices for wireless printing.

      • The Carmel Clay Public Library welcomes patrons of all ages to use its facilities. However, the library and its staff cannot be responsible for the supervision of children using the facilities, including those being tutored on library premises.

        Children 5 and under must have a responsible caregiver age 16 or older within sight and conversational distance of them at all times. The only exceptions are 4 & 5 year olds who are attending library sponsored programs. Children under 11 must have a responsible caregiver on the premises at all times.

        The above guidelines also apply when children are being tutored. The tutor assumes the role of caregiver and is responsible for his/her students during the tutoring session.

        If a child under 11 appears to be without the above mentioned supervision, a search of the building and grounds will be conducted. If the parent or guardian is not located, the police will be called.

        Children 15 and under are expected to be picked up at closing time. If a child under 16 is still here after closing, and the parent cannot be reached, the police may be called. Staff members are not permitted to drive children home.