FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How do I get a St. Joseph County Public Library card?
Residents of the following townships can apply for a free library card by visiting any SJCPL location: Centre, Clay, Greene, German, Liberty, Portage, Union or Warren Townships. Residents of Harris, Lincoln, Olive, and Penn Townships are required to get a home library card before they can get an SJCPL card.
All applicants must provide a picture ID with current address to verify your identity and residency. If your photo ID does not have a current address, please bring in current mail from an institution or government agency. Examples include a household bill, bank statement, or health insurance letters.
Some applicants must provide additional identification. Click here for the full list of requirements.
Where are you located? What are your hours?
For a full list of locations and hours, click here.
How do I:
You may access your library card account online by logging in to My Account and entering your barcode number and PIN. Once logged in, you may view checked out items, place holds, renew items, and pay fines.
How do I set up or reset a PIN?
For security purposes, you will need to visit the library or call 574.282.4646 to set up or reset a PIN for your account. Please have your library card barcode number ready when calling.
How long may I keep my materials? Is there a fee? What are the overdue charges?
Books, magazines, CDs, audiobooks, art prints and toys may be checked out for 21 days at no cost. These items may be renewed for two additional 21 day loan periods. Overdue fines are 25 cents per item, per day.
DVDs, video games, and CD-ROMs may be checked out for 7 days for a fee of 50 cents per day, beginning on the day the item is checked out. These items may not be renewed. Overdue fines are 50 cents per item, per day.
For other materials, loan rules vary. For a full list of loan periods and fees, click here.
Where may I return materials?
Books, CDs, DVDs, video games, CD-ROMS, magazines and audiobooks may be returned to any SJCPL location. Toys, art prints, playaway launchpads, and Studio 304 equipment must be returned to their respective checkout points at the Main Library.
How do I request a book from another library system?
Books from other library systems may be checked out through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. To request ILL materials, call 574.282.4646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I see my borrowing history?
Borrowing history must be enabled by the user; due to privacy concerns, the library does not keep a record of items checked out. For detailed steps on how to enable your borrowing history, click here.
How may I enable or change my account notifications?
To change your notification preferences to phone or email, please visit or call us at 574.282.4646. For instructions on how to sign up for text notifications, click here.
Please note that individuals with an AT&T affiliated email addresses—those ending in @att.net, @sbcglobal.net, or @ameritech.net—are having their courtesy notices, hold notices, and overdue notices blocked. Our IT staff is working on resolving this issue.
How do I download eMaterials?
To check out eMaterials from SJCPL, download apps from our eMaterials providers: OverDrive, Hoopla, and Flipster. Click here for more info.
I’d like to bring a group to the library for a visit. How may I book a tour?
To book a tour of the library, fill out our tour request form.
I’d like the library to visit my organization or attend my event. How may I request a visit?
To request a visit from library staff, fill out our outreach visit form.
How do I book a meeting room?
To book a meeting room, click here.
How may I request materials for purchase?
To request materials for purchase, click here.
How do I contact a library staff member?
You may reach us at 574.282.4646 or email@example.com.