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Get a library card

Get a Library Card

    To register for a temporary library card online, click here.

    To renew an existing library card, please visit the library or call 317-814-3936.

    It's easy for Carmel residents to obtain a Carmel Clay Public Library card. Simply bring a picture ID with your current address in Carmel or Clay Township to the library's Checkout Desk. If you're new to Carmel and your picture ID does not show your current address, bring a current utility (or similar) bill in addition to your ID. You will be asked to fill out a library card application and will then be issued a card. Students may present a student ID or driver's license. Children under 12 will need to have a parent's signature to get a library card. Staff of K-12 schools in Carmel and students who attend K-12 schools in Carmel also are eligible to receive CCPL cards at no charge. Both public and private schools within the library's service area are included. Bring a picture ID along with a current school corporation pay stub or school ID badge (for teachers) or a student ID (for students) to the CCPL Checkout Desk and fill out a library card application.

    If you live elsewhere in Hamilton County and have a library card at your home library, you may use that card to check out materials from CCPL. You will need to bring your card, along with a picture 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 and are interested in using CCPL's resources, you may purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). 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.

    (Note that some resources, including CCPL's digital collections and the Digital Media Lab, are only available to Carmel cardholders and PLAC holders.)

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