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MUNCIE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Muncie Public Library Card Types

To accomplish the Muncie Public Library’s mission, the buildings, computers, and general resources are open to the public. Materials may be borrowed by any resident or individual who otherwise qualifies to register for a card. A card must be in good standing to borrow materials.

Identification

Applicants must present proof of residence and valid photo identification to obtain a card with borrowing privileges.

See below for a list of Muncie Public Library Card Types.

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Afghani

Muncie Public Library welcomes those arriving in Muncie that have been displaced from their homes recently. Afghani refugees can receive a Resident Borrower library card by providing the following:

  • A letter from MARRC (Muncie Afghan Refugee Resettlement Committee) with the name and address they are currently living
  • Photo ID

Computer Guest

Computer Guest cards are non-borrowing cards and may be issued to anyone who does not have a Muncie Public Library card and wishes to use the Library’s computers and internet.

  • The card is valid for 1 year.

Foster Care

Foster cards may be obtained for minors actively in foster care. They are subject to the same registration requirements as any other minor, but their foster parent is not required to have a card in the system.

  • Cards are good for 1 year.
  • The minor will be exempt from overdue charges, but responsible for all lost and damaged fees.
  • Seventy (70) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.

Organization

Organization cards are available for the owner of a business or the local head of a nonprofit located within the taxing district. To obtain a card, proof should be provided that includes the name of the organization, the address, the owner/head or representative’s identification, and a property tax receipt or the tax exemption number. The owner/head can designate a representative to register and use the card, but the representative will need a signed letter of approval from the owner or head.

  • Cards will be issued in the name of the organization and are good for 1 year.
  • All fines and fees are the responsibility of the organization.
  • Seventy (70) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.

Public Library Access Cards (PLACs)

Public Library Access Cards (PLACs) are available to Indiana residents who have a library card with another Indiana public library. A PLAC card provides full access immediately to all borrowing privileges. PLAC fees change yearly and these cards can only be obtained from the Maring-Hunt Library location.

  • Cards are good for 1 year.
  • A PLAC card can be used at all participating Indiana libraries.
  • Seventy (70) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.

Resident & Nonresident Borrower

New Resident Borrower

New Resident Borrower cards are issued to anyone who is eligible. If the customer is in good standing after 3 months, the card can be converted to another card type with borrowing privileges.

  • Twenty-five (25) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Five (5) items may be audio visual, 1 of which may be a video game.

Resident

Resident cards are available to all residents and/or property owners in the taxing district. Customers who own property but do not live in the taxing district must show a property tax receipt or other proof of ownership.

  • Cards are good for 3 years.
  • Seventy (70) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.

Nonresident

Nonresident cards are available to anyone outside of the Library taxing district who wishes to make Muncie Public Library their home library. A nonresident card provides full access immediately to all borrowing privileges. It may be obtained by paying an annual fee that is determined yearly.

  • Cards are good for 1 year.
  • Seventy (70) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.

School

School cards may be obtained by the principal, librarian, or director of a licensed school, pre-school, Head Start, or day care located in the taxing district. They will provide proof that includes the name of the school, address, and other prescribed information. Cards will be issued in the name of the school. The school will be exempt from overdue charges, but responsible for all lost and damaged fees.

  • Cards are good for 1 year.

  • One hundred and fifty (150) items total can be checked out on the card.

  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.
     

READ Cards UCAT

S-Cards are issued to students and staff members of partner organizations who participate in the shared catalog project. Cards will be active while the student or staff member remains part of the partner organization. Partner organizations determine borrowing limits for their own materials.

  • While exact borrowing rules vary based on the type of S-Card issued, students with S-Cards can check out 70 items total.
  • The student and faculty will be exempt from overdue charges, but responsible for all lost and damaged fees.
  • Five (5) items can be juvenile DVDs and 2 can be juvenile video games.
  • Partner organization staff members have the same borrowing privileges as Teacher cards.

The current Shared Catalog Project includes Muncie Community Schools, Motivate Our Minds, Burris Laboratory School, and Inspire Academy. Learn more about getting a card at those schools here.


Student cards may be obtained by anyone attending a licensed school inside the taxing district who does not qualify for an S-Card. Students under 18 are subject to the same registration requirements as any other minor, but their parent or legal guardian is not required to have a card in the system if they do not live in the taxing district.

  • Cards are good for 1 year.
  • The student will be exempt from overdue charges, but responsible for all lost and damaged fees.
  • Seventy (70) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.
     

Teacher cards are available to anyone who teaches at a licensed school in the taxing district who does not qualify for an S-Card.

  • Cards are good for 1 year.
  • The teacher will be exempt from overdue charges, but responsible for all lost and damaged fees.
  • One hundred and fifty (150) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.

Shared Catalog Project (UCAT)

READ Cards UCAT

S-Cards are issued to students and staff members of partner organizations who participate in the shared catalog project. Cards will be active while the student or staff member remains part of the partner organization.

  • Partner organizations determine borrowing limits for their own materials.
  • While exact borrowing rules vary based on the type of S-Card issued, students with S-Cards can check out 70 items total.
  • The student and faculty will be exempt from overdue charges, but responsible for all lost and damaged fees.
  • Five (5) items can be juvenile DVDs and 2 can be juvenile video games.
  • Partner organization staff members have the same borrowing privileges as Teacher cards.

The current Shared Catalog Project includes Muncie Community Schools, Motivate Our Minds, Burris Laboratory School, and Inspire Academy

Yorktown Public Library

Reciprocal cards are available due to a reciprocal agreement between Muncie Public Library and Mt. Pleasant Township Public Library. A customer in good standing at their home library is eligible for a card at the other library as well.

  • Cards are good for 1 year and may be renewed if the Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement is in effect.
  • Seventy (70) items total can be checked out on the card.
  • Twenty-five (25) items may be audio visual, of which 4 may be video games.