In order to reduce barriers and promote equitable access for all members of the community, we no longer charge fines for late returns. However, items that you lost, returned with damaged or missing parts, or otherwise did not return in the same condition as when they were checked out are still billed for replacement fees.
Did you know that you can enroll in our Care Fee Option Program to remove these fees just by checking out materials? Yes, we really want you to keep using our Library!
How to Participate
- Visit an information desk and tell us you're interested. We'll help you check out one item (books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, video games, etc.) with your library card.
- Go home, and read, listen to, play, or watch the item you borrowed!
- When you're done, bring the item back to an information desk (not the general return slots!) and tell us that you're enrolled in the Care program. We will then waive $10 of your charges, per the fee schedule adopted by the Board of Trustees.
- Have more fees? Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 until they're completely gone!
The Care Fee Option Program is for patrons of all ages who owe $20 or more on their account. You can enroll once every six months (a new six-month window begins when you reach a zero balance).
Current Library volunteers may perform volunteer work at the Library in lieu of payment. Please contact Loraine Martin at lmartin [at] mcpl.info or 812-349-3060 for more information. Credit may be earned for each hour of designated work. See the fee schedule adopted by the Board of Trustees for current rate of credit per hour.
Annual Food for Fees Program
Each fall, you can participate in our Food for Fees waiver program by donating non-perishable goods to Hoosier Hills Food Bank at our Library locations in exchange for credit! Learn more and get this year's dates.