About MPL

A mainstay of the local community, Muncie Public Library has a long history of providing enriching, education content in a friendly environment for our neighbors. In our continued efforts to advance our mission and continue serving our members and the community at large, MPL is happy to enjoy a beneficial relationship with our committed Board of Trustees and the organization Friends of MPL. They help to ensure that our contributions to the community lead to a better story for all. 

Mission of the Library

The Muncie Public Library will provide accessible and innovative services responding to the reading, informational, educational, and enrichment needs of the community. 

Values

We value our ability to be proactive and responsive to community needs. We value organization effectiveness and efficiency. We value and support innovation and flexibility in planning and operation.We value our relationship with each other and the community and will treat everyone with respect and courtesy. 

Vision of the Library

We envision a future where people get excited by ideas and utilize the resources of the Library to explore, discover, imagine, and create. We seek to be recognized for providing access to new technology, print resources, and educational opportunities. We commit ourselves to the community and will strive to provide leadership in solving the problems facing the community through a variety of strategies, including public conversation and town hall meeting events.

Long Range Plan 2020-2025

See our Long Range Plan that includes community needs and goals, assessments, and strategies for the coming years:

PDF iconLong Range Plan 2020-2025 

Operations Policies

Here you'll find information about how we operate. The Operations Policies include: Circulation Policy, Collection Development, Donations, Photograph/Image, Website Privacy, and many more:

PDF iconOperations Policies 2022

 

 

Green Initiatives

Kennedy Library Solar Carport: The solar carport project was funded, in part, by a Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) Energy Grant. The carport has a power capacity of 15 kilowatts and is an 80 PV solar panel carport. A report generated in September 2016 indicated total energy production for year to date was 18.15Mwh, total savings for the year to date was $2,000, and the Co2 emmissions saved for the year to date was equivalent to 252 trees being planted.

Elimination of Single-Use Plastic Bags: Muncie Public Library (MPL) makes a conscious effort to help keep our planet and our community clean and beautiful. We partnered with Muncie Sanitary District during World Environment Day 2017 to offer free reusable tote bags to the public to encourage the use of reusable bags for library materials and MPL stopped offering single-use plastic bags. Thanks to Muncie Sanitary District and to our wonderful customers who have embraced this change, we will be keeping 23,400 plastic bags out of landfills and rivers each year!

Get A Library Card
  • Get A Library Card At Any MPL Location! MPL has a number of card types for all ages, and getting a card can be based on a number of criteria, such as living in Center Township, owning a business or property in Center Township, being a student, a teacher, a foster child, or other conditions. Click Here To See MPL Card Types.
     
  • Never Had A Card Before? If you haven't had a card before or it's been awhile, apply for a library card here! Then stop in within 14 days of applying to show a photo ID and get a physical card. Register Here For A Library Card
     
  • Need To Renew Your Card? Renew your library card online! An email will be sent after 48 hours to let you know it’s active. Stop in within 14 days of renewing to show a photo ID. Renew Card Here
     
  • Access Your Account!

    Enter in your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number or a four digit number you chose when signing up for your card) or your EZ login to access your account online. 
    View:
    • Pay fines and fees
    • Place, freeze, or cancel holds
    • Request items
    • List of items currently checked out

See more information at www.munciepubliclibrary.org/get-library-card

Library Card Policies

To get a library card you must agree to the Muncie Public Library Borrowing Guidelines and Policies.

About MPL Board of Trustees

The MPL Board of Trustees is comprised of seven members. Each trustee is appointed by one of the following governing entities: the Muncie Community Schools Board, the Delaware County Commissioners, or the Delaware County Council. The MPL Board of Trustees meets on a monthly basis to conduct library business and to help guide MPL in achieving its mission and values. All meetings are free and open to the public and are listed on the MPL online calendar. 

Members:
Phil Boltz
Mary Louise Buck
Olon Dotson
Denise King
Traci Lutton
Billie Sheppard
Ren'a Wagner

Officers: 
President: Billie Sheppard
Vice-President: Phil Boltz
Secretary: Traci Lutton
Treasurer: Katherine Mitchell
Director: Akilah Nosakhere

House & Finance Committee:
Traci Lutton, Chair
Olon Dotson
Denise King

Personnel Committee:
Mary Louise Buck, Chair
Phil Boltz
Ren'a Wagner

Meet Our Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Photos: The MPL Board of Trustees & MPL Administrators 2022-2023. From left to right: Katherine Mitchell, Phil Boltz, Mary Louise Buck, Akilah Nosakhere, Traci Lutton, Denise King, Billie Sheppard (with young friend Waylon), Ren’a Wagner, and Olon Dotson.

Board of Trustees Meetings & Minutes
Community Reports

See our yearly reports that include a wide range of information about programs, services, and leadership of Muncie Public Library:

PDF iconReport to the Community 2020

PDF iconReport to the Community 2019

PDF iconReport to the Community 2018

PDF iconReport to the Community 2017

PDF iconReport to the Community 2016

PDF iconReport to the Community 2015

 

Friends of MPL

Join the Friends Today!
Membership dues and revenue from book sales make many Library programs and projects possible throughout the year, such as the children's Summer Reading Program, author visits, and more! Join the Friends now and consider helping with the Friends Book Sales. 

Questions? Contact Katherine Mitchell, MPL Library Assistant Director and Liaison to the Friends. Phone (765)  747-8202 or email [email protected].


The Friends Building is located at 1110 W. Memorial Drive, Muncie, IN 47302.

Friends of Muncie Public Library Board Members:
President: Susan Metcalfe
Vice President: Cinda Priddy
Secretary: Pat Bodden
Treasurer: Kristy Eiler

For updates on the Friends Book Sales, visit: https://www.munciepubliclibrary.org/friends-muncie-public-library

Become A Member

Want to become a member? 
Download the membership form here and drop it off at any Library location or mail it to the address on the form. As a member of the Friends, you'll be invited to Friends-only events and have the first pick at the Friends book sale!

Friends Membership Dues:
$5 - Student
$15 - Individual
$25 - Family
$100 - Sustaining 
$500 - Business/Industry
$1000 or more - Friend for Life

E-Newsletter

Did you miss an issue of MPL's e-newsletter, Library Connections? View them below! Not a subscriber already? Click Here!

2020 2021 2022
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Careers at MPL

How To Apply: A list of the current openings can be found HERE. Select the position you're applying for. You'll need to fill out an application for each position you are interested in.


Volunteer Opportunities See the Volunteers page for the required forms and information.