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Get a library card

Get a Library Card

    Need to renew your existing library card? Please visit the library with a current ID so we can confirm that your account information is correct. If your ID does not show your current address, please also bring in an official document, such as a utility bill or bank statement. If you need assistance, call us at 317.814.3936.

    Get a Library Card Online (Carmel residents)

    Click here to apply for a library card online.

    We will review your application and email you a library card number within two business days. This number is good for one month and will allow you to begin using our digital resources and placing holds through our online catalog. Visit the library within a month to pick up your library card and extend your expiration date.

    Get a Library Card in Person (Carmel residents)

    Simply bring a photo ID with your current address in Carmel (Clay Township) to the library. You'll be asked to fill out a library card application and will then be issued a card.

    • If your photo ID does not show your current address, please bring an official document (like a current utility bill, bank statement, etc.) in addition to your ID.
    • Children in grade 5 and below will need to have a parent/guardian's signature to get a library card.
    • Children in grade 6 and above may present a student ID or driver's license to get a library card without a parent/guardian's signature.
    • Any school employee or child attending a K-12 public or private school in Carmel may get a free CCPL card by showing a school ID.

    Get a Library Card (non-Carmel residents)

    If you live elsewhere in Hamilton County

    If you have a library card with your home library in Hamilton County, you may use that card to check out materials from CCPL. You will need to bring your card, along with a photo ID, to CCPL to get registered. You will be asked to fill out a library card application form, and CCPL will verify that your card is in good standing with your home library.

    If you live outside of Hamilton County

    If you have a valid public library card from an Indiana library outside of Hamilton County, you may purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC) to use CCPL's resources. The $65 annual fee for the PLAC program, which is administered by the state of Indiana, allows you to check out materials from any public library in Indiana. The PLAC may be purchased at any Indiana public library; at CCPL, PLACs are issued at the Main Library.

    (Note that some resources, including some of CCPL's digital collections, are only available to Carmel resident cardholders. If you are interested in a particular resource and are not a Carmel resident, call our Adult Services Department at 317.814.3988 to confirm if you will be able to access it.)

    If you have questions about getting a library card, please call our Circulation Department at 317.814.3936. If you're new to Carmel, check out our list of useful resources for new residents. We look forward to welcoming you to your library!