Get A Library Card

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Apply for your library card.

Visit the Circulation Desk at the main library in Cicero, or at the Atlanta Branch to apply for a resident library card. Once you complete your application, you may check out items right away. A parent must sign their child’s application before the child is allowed to borrow materials.


  • A free Evergreen library card may be obtained by anyone who resides, owns property or owns a business in Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana.
  • Jackson Township children may have a library card if they receive permission from their parent. Parents who wish to limit their own child's reading materials should accompany their child to the library to supervise the borrowing process.
  • Library employees who do not live in the library service area may receive a free library card.
  • Personal identification, residency or property ownership documentation will be requested when a person applies for a library card. A current driver's license with a Jackson Township address, or utility bills received at the stated address and postmarked within the last 30 days, a leasing agreement, or property tax statements can serve as verification with a valid picture ID.

Reciprocal Borrower Card
Persons holding a valid library card and in good standing from any library on the Indiana State Reciprocal Borrowing list or a Hamilton County Library may receive a reciprocal borrower card. Reciprocal borrower card holder access is limited to HNPL's collection; it does not include access to other EI libraries' collections, or to HNPL's access to Overdrive.

Non-Resident Card
Persons who are not eligible for a free HNPL borrower's card and do not live in a library service district may purchase an HNPL borrower's card. The price for the non-resident card is $61.00 per year, and must be paid by cash or check. This fee is reviewed yearly by the HNPL Board of Trustees. The card is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Non-resident card holders have access to the EI consortium collection.

HNPL honors Public Library Access Cards (PLAC). Only PLAC cardholders may receive a borrower’s card from HNPL; other residents of the same household cannot get a card unless they are PLAC cardholders, as well. Patrons with a PLAC card are required to return to their home library for Interlibrary Loan services. PLAC card holders have access to the EI consortium collection.