Checkout Information

My Account

  • How do I log into My Account?

    You may search the library catalog without logging in to your account; however to use many of the features of the online catalog you must be logged in. After logging in you may see the items that are checked out to you, renew items, manage your requests, access your reading history (if you have activated this feature), change your password, update your information and access other features of the system.

    The Login option is available on any page of the website under the My Account tab.

    Always remember to logout of your account when you are finished, especially if you are using a shared computer.

  • Where can I find more information about using My Account?
  • Does the library send notices about requests or overdue items?

    For patrons who provide email addresses, a reminder notice will be sent 2 days before the due date.

    Email, automated telephone notification or postal mail notices about requests that are ready for pickup and overdue items are sent as appropriate.

  • How do I renew items?

    You may renew items checked out to you as long as the item is renewable, you still have renewals left and there is not a waiting list for the item.

    To renew items, login into your account, choose the Items Out/Renew tab near the top of the screen, select the item(s) you want to renew and then click on the "Renew Selected Items" or "Renew All Items" button. A confirmation message will appear letting you know if the renewals were allowed.

    You may also renew your items in person at a checkout desk or by phone by calling 349-3090.

     

  • How do I create a username for my library account?

    You may create a Username for your account so that you don't have to always know your library card number to access various features on your account. To do this, go to the My Account login page and click on the "Create Username" link that is directly under the "Username or Barcode" box. Follow the instructions to create your Username.

    The Username should not be used to login to the library's public computers or various other connected services such as Indiana Digital Media or Freegal. You should use your full card # for these.

  • How do I change my password or username?

    To change your Password or Username, log in using Login to My Account, open the "Change Logon" section and enter the required information. The changes will be in effect immediately.

  • How do I update my information?

    You may request changes to your account info by logging into My Account and opening the Contact Information and Preferences section. You may change your email address, phone #, username, password, preference for receiving library notices (mailing address, email address, phone, txt msg), and email notice format (HTML or plain text). Address changes must be approved by library staff, enter the changes and submit the form or contact us at 349-3090.

  • How can I start using My Account if I don't have a library card?

    If you already have an account, but have lost your library card number, you need to get a replacement card/number. Visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile to get a new card assigned to your account. Replacement cards are one $1. Adults should bring picture ID.

    If you do not already have an account, you can register online using the Patron Self Registration form or visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch or Bookmobile. Patrons applying in person or with self registration will need to satisfy library card requirements before checking out materials.

Library Cards

  • What are the Library Card Requirements?

    Card Registration

    To be eligible for a Monroe County Public Library card, an applicant must appear in person and provide accepted documentation verifying their identity and their Monroe County address. For minors using their Parent/Guardians’ documentation, both the Parent/Guardian and the child must be present together.

     The following documents, if current and valid, will fulfill both of these requirements:

    • Driver's license
    • State ID

    If a patron does not have one of the above forms of ID with a current Monroe County address, they must use a combination of accepted documentation to verify identity and address. 


    Adults (18 and older)

    Must provide name verification AND address verification (one from each list).

    If the patron is 18 years old or older and lives in Monroe County, they must provide one item to verify name and one to verify address for the lists below. For residents under 18 years of age, no ID is required; but may be requested for application. (NOTE: If driver's license, state ID or Mexican Consular ID has current address, no second document will be required.)

    Name Verification
    • Must provide photo ID for name verification
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Drivers License
      • Learner's Permit
      • Mexican Consular ID
      • Mexican voter's card
      • Military ID
      • Passport or Passport card
      • State ID
      • Student ID
    Address Verification
    • Must be current; expired document will not be accepted
    • PDF versions of these documents will be accepted
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Bank statement*
      • Bill (credit card, phone, utility, etc.)*
      • Bursar's statement for campus housing
      • Car registration
      • Fishing or hunting liscence
      • Insurance card
      • Lease Agreement; signed
      • MCCSC Skyward account (skyward.mccsc.edu)
      • Pay check*
      • Personal mail*
      • Pre-printed checks
      • Property tax statement or receipt
      • State of Indiana Alcohol Server's permit
      • Statement--signed and on agency letterhead--indicating current participation in a Monroe County social service agency
      • Utility bill for service at Monroe County address; online statement accepted
      • Voter registration card
    *Must be post-marked and/or issued within the last 90 days

    Minors (0--17 years old)

    Must provide name verification AND address verification (one from each list).

    Name Verification
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Birth certificate
      • Drivers License
      • K--12 report card
      • Learner's Permit
      • Mexican Consular ID
      • Mexican voter's card
      • Military ID
      • Passport or Passport card
      • School or student ID (name and photo)
      • Social Security card*
      • State ID
      • Yearbook photo with name (current of previous year)
    *Social Security card will be used for the purpose of verification only. Social Security numbers are not included in patron accounts.
    Address Verification
    • Must be current; expired document will not be accepted
    • PDF versions of these documents will be accepted
    • Choose one from the following list:
      • Bank statement*
      • Bill (credit card, phone, utility, etc.)*
      • Bursar's statement for campus housing
      • Car registration
      • Fishing or hunting liscence
      • Insurance card
      • Lease Agreement; signed
      • MCCSC Skyward account (skyward.mccsc.edu)
      • Pay check*
      • Personal mail*
      • Pre-printed checks
      • Property tax statement or receipt
      • State of Indiana Alcohol Server's permit
      • Statement--signed and on agency letterhead--indicating current participation in a Monroe County social service agency
      • Utility bill for service at Monroe County address; online statement accepted

    *Must be post-marked and/or issued within the last 90 days.

    Youth Starter Card

    If a minor living in Monroe County cannot meet the name and address verification requirements,

    AND is not accompanied by a parent or guardian, he or she may apply for a Youth Starter Card. 

    This card allows minors to check out one item at a time as long as the account remains in good standing.  The previous item must be returned before another item can be checked out.

    To obtain a Youth Starter Card, the minor must:

    • reside in Monroe County
    • provide full name and birth date
    • provide contact information for the purpose of receiving notifications

    The Youth Starter Card may be updated at any time to a regular account once the child meets the identification requirements.

    All Others

    Please call the Main Library, Circulation at (812) 349-3090 or Ellettsville at (812) 876-1272 for information on library card requirements.

  • What if I live outside Monroe County?

    Please see Public Library Access Card (PLAC) for more information.

  • How can I start using My Account if I don't have a library card?

    If you already have an account, but have lost your library card number, you need to get a replacement card/number. Visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile to get a new card assigned to your account. Replacement cards are one $1. Adults should bring picture ID.

    If you do not already have an account, you can register online using the Patron Self Registration form or visit any checkout at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch or Bookmobile. Patrons applying in person or with self registration will need to satisfy library card requirements before checking out materials.

Fines & Fees

  • Does the library send notices about requests or overdue items?

    For patrons who provide email addresses, a reminder notice will be sent 2 days before the due date.

    Email, automated telephone notification or postal mail notices about requests that are ready for pickup and overdue items are sent as appropriate.

  • What's the fine for an item returned past the due date?

    Fines are charged at twenty five (25) cents per day, per item. Maximum overdue fine is $10.00 per item. Additional information about fines is available in our Checkout Policy.

  • How much will I be charged if I lose or damage items I have checked out?

    The replacement cost is charged for each lost, damaged or unreturned item. Please see the Checkout Policy for complete information.

  • Can I pay my fines with a credit card or debit card?

    Credit and debit card payments are accepted online through "My Account/Pay fines."

  • Can I get a credit or refund if I bring back materials that I thought I lost?

    Patrons may be issued credit or refunded the replacement cost if the complete item is found and returned in good condition within 90 days of payment. Credits or refunds will not be given for single parts of a set.

    Credit will always be applied against any current fees on the patron account. Standing credit for less than $25 may be carried to apply against future fees. Credits and refunds will be issued to the individual cardholder and are not transferable to another patron or account.

    Refund checks will be issued for amounts greater than $25.

  • What if I can't afford to pay off my fines/fees?

    We have a Fine Option Program available. If you are 14 or older, you may arrange to volunteer in the library in lieu of paying fines. A credit of $5 can be earned for each hour of designated volunteer work.

    To qualify for the Fine Option Program, you must owe $10 or more on your individual library account.

    Credit may only be applied toward fines/fees and is not applicable toward replacement costs for lost or damaged items.

    Credit is applied only to the specific volunteer's account. Credit is not transferable to another patron's account.

    To sign up for the program:

    • Ask at the Checkout Desk to speak with a Circulation Supervisor to review your account and confirm what fees qualify.
    • Fill out a Volunteer Information Sheet with your availability, interests and contact information. Information Sheets are available at any public service desk and in Administration.
    • Turn in your Volunteer Information Sheet at any Checkout Desk.

    What to expect:

    • The Volunteer Coordinator or another Library Staff person will contact you for a training or work-time appointment 2-3 days after you turn in your Volunteer Information Sheet.
    • You will meet with a supervisor/contact person who will train you and show you how to sign in and track your volunteer worked hours.
    • Your volunteer supervisor will turn in your worked hours in a regular report.
    • When the Circulation Supervisor receives the report, the appropriate credit will be applied against your account. It may take up to a week for the report/credit to be processed.

    We also have a Fine Option Program for Children and Teens: Literacy and Learning for Credit.

    If you are under 18 years of age, and owe money on your account, you may arrange to "Read it Off." A credit of $5 can be earned for each use and return of designated library material.

    To qualify for the Fine Option Program for Children, you must owe $10 or more on your individual library account.

    "Read it Off" credit may be applied toward fines/fees and replacement costs.

    Credit is applied only to the specific child/teen's account. Credit is not transferable to another patron's account.

    To sign up for the program:

    • Ask at the Checkout Desk to review your account.
    • Checkout staff will start your application form.
    • Speak with Information Desk staff to complete the form and choose a library title together.

    What to expect:

    • While participating in the program, you may checkout only ONE book, magazine, or audio book at a time.
    • You may checkout the single item on the same day you sign up.
    • Each time you return a selected item and talk to the Information Desk staff about it, you can earn the $5 coupon.
    • Take the coupon to the checkout desk to have $5 waived from your fines and checkout your next item.
    • Only one coupon can be earned/redeemed a day.

     

  • What should I do if my records disagree with the library's records for my returns or fines?

    When checkout discrepancies occur, the library initiates internal searching and other review procedures. The library relies on patron feedback to report discrepancies so the internal reviews can be done.

    Patrons are financially responsible for materials checked out on their cards. In instances where good faith efforts do not resolve the problem, patrons may ask for special consideration on a case by case basis. Such claims must be made in a timely manner. The library will balance the "benefit of the doubt" for an individual patron while also acting as good stewards of the collection. The library will not accept claims for items long overdue/billed. Repeated claims are declined.

Read It Off!

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This program offers kids under 18 years of age with $10 or more in library fines a simple and fun way to clear their fines by reading.

It's as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Borrow one book, magazine or audiobook with your library card.

    • Just come in and tell a librarian: I want to read it off.
    • Get recommendations at any Information Desk.
    • Check your item out and take it home.

  2. Read, or listen to, the item you've chosen.

    • Tip for younger kids: Ask a parent or an older brother or sister to read to you.

  3. Bring the item back to the library to get $5 taken off fines on your card.

    • BUT WAIT!  Don't put it in a return slot.
    • Take it back to the Information Desk and show a librarian.
    • The librarian will give you a COUPON to take to the Checkout Desk.
    • Give your coupon and your item to the checkout clerk, who will take $5 off your library fines.

YES! It's that easy.

  • Want to erase all of your fines? Choose another book, magazine or audiobook.  Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3.

  • Still reading off your fines but want to read more?  You can check out eBook downloads.  You can't get fines for eBooks and they automatically expire on the due date.

Questions? Call:

349-3100, Children's Services
349-3228, Adult/Teen Services
876-1272, Ellettsville Branch Library

Need more time to finish what you're reading? Call 349-3090 to renew your item!

Checkout

  • How many items can I check out and how long can I keep them?
    Library MaterialsHow many? How long?
    DVDs77 Days
    Music CDs2121 Days
    MagazinesNo Limit7 Days
    Everything elseNo Limit21 Days
    Total number of holds: 30

     

    All items may be renewed 2 times for the same length of time as the original checkout period, with the exception of items with holds.

  • Can I still check out books and other materials if I don't have my card with me?

    Patrons may show Identity or Address Verification documents used to issue library cards. Please see Library Card Requirements. Children under 18 may verify identity by confirming personal information given when applying for their card.

  • Can I pick up a hold for someone else?

    You may pick up a hold for another patron if you

    • carry the 1st patron's original library card or
    • present a copy/printout of the hold notification

     

  • Does the library ever take away borrowing privileges?

    Patrons may not checkout materials if they

    • have overdue materials
    • owe more than $10
    • use another patron card without permission
    • give false/misleading information in an effort to avoid responsibilities

     

  • What's the difference between Checkout and Circulation?

    Circulation and Checkout are really the same thing. Circulation is the library term for the service area of the library in charge of checking out materials to patrons. Checkout is the term that is more widely known by patrons for circulation/checkout services.

  • How do I keep a list of items I have checked out?

    You can view a list of items that you have checked out in the past by activating the "Maintain Reading List" feature.

    After logging into your account, look for the check box called "Maintain Reading List" in the "Contact Information and Preferences" area. Check the box and then click on the "Submit Change Request" button.

    Now, each time you check out a book, CD, DVD, or other item, it will be added to your reading history. To view your reading history, log into your account. Click the Reading History link on the green toolbar near the top of the page.

    If you no longer want to maintain a reading history, go to "Contact Information and Preferences". Click on the box for "Maintain Reading List" to remove the green checkmark, then click the "Submit" button.

Holds

  • How can I tell how many holds are on my list?

    On the opening view of your online "My Account," your "hold requests" total is listed on the right side of the page. You can see the list of these and manage them (cancel, suspend, see your position in the list) using the tabs near the top of the page.

  • Sometimes I get several of my holds ready to pick up at the same time. Is there a way I can control when items are held for me?

    Yes. Use the online "suspend/re-activate" holds function to better control getting your holds when you can use them. You do not lose your place in line by using the suspend feature. The original time stamp when you placed the hold stays with the request. When a hold is reactivated, it goes back into the line in relation to the time stamps for other patrons' holds. See Suspending and Reactivating Holds for directions.

  • Can I suspend my turn and keep my place in line once the item becomes ready to pick up ("Held")?

    No. Once a title is processed for a hold (in "Shipped" or "Held" status), the request is filled and cannot be suspended.

  • How do I reserve/request items?

    Items may be reserved for you by library staff at help desks, by phone or through the library catalog online or from terminals within the library. Once the items are ready for pickup, notification will be sent to you either by email, phone, or USPS mail depending upon the notification option you have chosen. You can change your notification preference by logging in to your account and making the change in the Contact Information and Preferences area.

    You may choose where to pick up items during the process of placing the request.

    Detailed instructions for reserving items are available.

  • I use my holds list to store the titles that I might be interested in receiving. Usually I have more than 30 items. Is there another way to keep a list of items that I want besides the holds list?

    Yes, you can save titles in a "My List" in your online account. Lists are interactive with the library catalog so you can click the title and place a hold easily. See Creating a List of Titles for instructions.

  • Can I place a hold on an item that is not in the library collection yet?

    Yes. As soon as the item has been ordered by the library, you may place a hold. You can use the "Saved Search" feature in your library account to alert you via email when an item has been added to our collection. The email includes a link to the catalog so you can easily click and place a hold. You may keep several "Saved Searches" using specific authors, titles or broader subjects. See Creating Saved Searches for more information.

  • How many holds are processed for pickup every day?

    The 2011 daily average for holds ready for pickup was 1,200.

  • How many holds do not get picked up?

    The daily average of holds not picked up after 7 days is approximately 10-15% of the total holds processed for pickup. We would like to reduce this number. When a title is on the hold shelf for 7 days no one is enjoying it, and frequently other patrons are waiting for that popular title. If you no longer want a held item, please call the library Checkout Desk at 349-3090, so we may release the title to the next patron.

PLAC

  • What is a Public Library Access Card (PLAC)

    PLAC is Indiana's statewide public library borrowing card, available at any public library in Indiana. It allows individuals to borrow directly from any public library outside their home library district. PLAC cardholders can borrow print materials from any public library in the state. Public libraries are funded by local taxes. The PLAC fee supports the libraries you use outside your local community.

  • To get a PLAC:
    • Go to any checkout desk. (Bloomington or Ellettsville)
    • Bring your home library card.
    • Bring your MCPL library card if you are a current out-of-county card holder.
    • Show identification with your name and current address.
    • Pay PLAC fee with cash or credit card.

    If you live in an area that does not support a library through local taxes, you may purchase an annual non-resident card at MCPL for use only at MCPL. To borrow at other libraries, you will then need to purchase a PLAC.

  • Who is eligible for PLAC?

    Individuals with a valid resident library card in good standing from their home library are eligible for a PLAC. They must be residents or real property taxpayers of their home library's taxing district.

  • What is the cost of PLAC?

    The statewide fee is set annually by state law and announced by the Indiana State Library. The fee for 2013 is $50.

  • When does a PLAC expire?

    A PLAC expires one year from the date of purchase.

  • Can a PLAC be used as a family card?

    No, a PLAC is issued as an individual card.

  • Where do I return materials borrowed with a PLAC?

    Return materials to the library they came from. Cardholders must follow the rules of each individual library and assume responsibility for all materials and related charges.

  • Do college students living away from home need a PLAC?

    Resident students do not need a PLAC to borrow from the public library in the community where their college or university is located.

  • For answers to more questions about Indiana's PLAC Program:

    Indiana's statewide Public Library Access Card (PLAC) Program was enacted in 1992 by the Indiana State Legislature (Indiana Code 4-23-7.1-5.1). The Monroe County Library Board of Trustees voted to actively promote the statewide PLAC Program to out-of-county residents beginning January 2004.

Checkout Policy

Approved by Board of Trustees December 20, 2006
Revised July 18, 2012

Purpose

Monroe County Public Library promotes responsible lifelong library use with minimal barriers to facilitate fair and equitable sharing of the community's collections. This policy is designed to encourage users to keep their accounts in good standing so they may continue to borrow and return materials. Abuse of circulation privileges will result in the suspension of library privileges. 

Intellectual Freedom

Individual patrons determine for themselves what library materials are appropriate for personal checkout or viewing. Parents or guardians are responsible for determining what their children borrow, view, or use in the library. Library staff will not monitor or restrict any patron's borrowing or use of the library, its materials, or its resources based on a patron's age, background or views. The Monroe County Public Library endorses and defends the concepts of intellectual freedom, as protected by the United States Constitution and as described in the Library Bill of Rights.

The library adheres to and supports the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights" (Appendix A), "Freedom to Read" (Appendix B), "Freedom to View" (Appendix C), and "Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights" (Appendix D).

Confidentiality

Library users' account information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, items borrowed, items requested, activity dates, and all other data particular to an account, is confidential. The library does not provide such information to anyone other than the account's owner, with the following exceptions:

  • When issued with a valid subpoena or warrant;
  • When requested by the parent or legal guardian of a minor for the purpose of paying fines or recovering lost items;
  • When an account with lost materials or unpaid fines is turned over to a collection agency.

Within these exceptions, only limited and precise information is disclosed to satisfy the specific need of the request.

Eligibility for Library Cards

Resident Library Card

Individuals of all ages are eligible for a Monroe County Public Library card if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Live at a Monroe County address

    OR

  2. Own real property in Monroe County

    AND

  3. Can demonstrate an ability to receive notices.

Indiana University students who meet the above criteria are eligible for a library card.

Employees of Monroe County Public Library will receive a library card for the duration of their employment. As circumstances change any of the above criteria, card eligibility will also change. Individuals who are not eligible for a resident card under these criteria may apply under the policy for non-resident cards.

Non-resident Library Card

Individuals living outside of Monroe County who hold a valid Indiana public library card may purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). A PLAC provides access to all public libraries in the state of Indiana. PLAC holders must provide a valid Indiana public Library card and proper identification in order to obtain a non-resident Monroe County Public Library Card.

Individuals living outside of Monroe County in an area that does not receive library service may purchase an annual subscription card; cost of the card is included in the fee schedule adopted by the Board of Trustees. (See http://mcpl.info/geninfo/board-policies) This subscription card provides access to the Monroe County Public Library only. Individuals eligible for this subscription card include:

  • those who do not live in a library taxing district
  • those whose home library service is received under annual contract
  • those who are out-of-state residents.

Institutional Cards

 Only Institutions receiving deposit collection service from Community Outreach are eligible for an institutional card. The card can only be used for items delivered to the institution by Community Outreach.

Issuing Cards

Patrons may apply online or in person. Acceptable identification and address verification must be provided in person before initial checkout.

Homebound patrons and eligible institutions register separately through the library's Community Outreach Department.

Use of Library Card

Patron Obligations

Use of the library card implies acceptance of and adherence to all regulations of the Monroe County Public Library.

The library assumes no liability for any damage caused by the use or misuse of any library materials.

Patrons are financially responsible for all materials checked out on their library card.

Patrons must inform the library of any change in contact information for account notifications.

Patrons are required to report lost or stolen cards to the library immediately. The charge for a replacement card is included in the fee schedule adopted by the Board of Trustees. (See http://mcpl.info/geninfo/board-policies)

Patrons Who Do Not Present Card at Checkout

Patrons may borrow materials without a library card, if they can verify identity.

Patrons Using Other Patrons' Library Cards

Patrons who have a library card in their possession are assumed to have the authority to use that library card. Patrons may not check out items on another patron's account as a means of avoiding payment of fines and fees on their own account.

Picking Up Holds For Another Patron

Due to confidentiality concerns, patrons must have permission to pick up holds for other patrons.

Following confidentiality guidelines, holds for patrons under 18 will be given to parents without prior permission.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

The library may suspend borrowing privileges when patrons abuse circulation policies.

Financial Penalties

Fines

Due date information is provided at checkout and materials are expected to be returned on time. Overdue fines are charged on most materials and are assessed on a per item/per day basis. Daily fines and maximum overdue amounts are charged at a daily rate established in the fee adopted by the Board of Trustees. (See http://mcpl.info/geninfo/board-policies)

Fines are not charged for children's materials housed in juvenile shelving areas. (Parent/Teacher Resource Collection materials intended for an adult audience do incur fines.)

Fines are not charged for items checked out from Community Outreach locations. Homebound patrons and institutional cards registered with Community Outreach Services do not incur fines.

Employees of Monroe County Public Library do not incur fines.

Replacement and Processing Fees

Patrons (including Monroe County Public Library employees) are charged replacement charges for items that are lost, damaged or unreturned.

Collection Agency and Legal Action

The library may use the service of a collection agency. When an account is submitted, the library will add a fee as established in the fee schedule adopted by the Board of Trustees (See http://www.mcpl.info/geninfo/board-policies). The library reserves the right to take legal action to recover fines or fees owed.

Exceptions to Financial Penalties

Patron Claims Not Responsible

Patrons may request removal of responsibility in the cases of "Claims Not Checked Out," "Claims Not Damaged," and "Claims Returned." The library imposes limits for the number of each type of claim.

Credits and Refunds for Found Lost/Paid items

Patrons may be issued credit or refunded the replacement cost if the complete item is found and returned in good condition within 90 days of payment. Refunds will not be given for single parts of a set. Refunds will not be issued for less than $10.

Fine Option Program

Fine Option Program: Volunteer Work for Credit

In cases of financial hardship, patrons age 14 and over may make arrangements with a circulation supervisor to do volunteer work in lieu of payment of fines and fees. Five dollars ($5) credit may be earned for each hour of designated work. Credit may only be applied against fines/fees and is not applicable against replacement costs.

Fine Option Program for Children: Literacy and Learning for Credit

The library is committed to developing children's reading skills and library habits so that they become responsible lifelong library users. Patrons under the age of 18 may choose to enroll in a reading/literacy program in lieu of payment of all types of charges. Five dollars ($5) credit may be earned through each use and return of designated library material. Limited borrowing privileges apply to participants enrolled in this program.

Removal of Patron Obligations

Patrons may request removal of financial obligations in part or whole in the case of catastrophic loss or extraordinary hardship situations.

Structure and Maintenance

Borrowing limits

The library may impose borrowing limits when necessary.

Loan periods

Loan periods for materials are established for fair and equitable periods of time.

Inactive library cards

The library will conduct periodic purges of inactive library cards.

Interlibrary Loan

Monroe County Public Library offers Interlibrary Loan through resource sharing with cooperating libraries. You may borrow books and get copies of articles from other libraries through the Monroe County Public Library provided that you have a MCPL library card in good standing with less than $10.00 in fines.

We follow the national guidelines for Interlibrary Loan and do not request DVDs, music CDs, Books on CD and Computer Software, nor do we request books that have just been published (within six months). Also, we follow the guidelines by asking you, the patron, to use local resources first, especially Indiana University Libraries. All Indiana residents may borrow materials from Indiana University. You may search IUCAT, the catalog of IU Libraries, or call the IU Reference Desk at 855-8028.

If the material you want is unavailable locally, we will attempt to obtain it for you. You may submit your own Interlibrary Loan request by searching for the desired item and then selecting the "Borrow this item from another library (Interlibrary Loan)" link in WorldCat or you may call our Reference Desk at 349-3228 for more information. You may have only 3 active requests in the system at a time.