Get a Library Card

Take Your Story Further with a Library Card from the Allen County Public Library.

Your library card does more than just provide access to materials from any of our fourteen Allen County Public Library locations. Whether for fun or work, school or family time, your library card can unlock a world of possibilities that fit your unique needs. If you live in Allen County Indiana, you are eligible for a free library card which connects you to books, magazines, movies, CDs, audiobooks, mobile hotspots, multiple electronic services, programs and more.

How to Apply

Sign Up In Person

To obtain a library card in person, stop by any Allen County Public Library location. Library staff will help complete the application and get your card to you the same day.

Find a Library Location

Sign Up Online

Allen County Indiana residents can register for a library card online.

  • Complete the online form.
  • Receive an email with important account details.
  • Once you receive the email you may checkout materials with a photo id. You do not need to wait on your physical card.
  • Your official physical card will be mailed to you in 5-7 business days.
Apply for a Card Online

Library Cards for People that Don't Live in Allen County

If you're not an Allen County Indiana resident you can still sign up for an ACPL library card using the options below.

Applicants who own property in Allen County, but do not live in the county, must show a property tax receipt to apply for a free Allen County Public Library card. They must do so annually.

Non-residents of Allen County who present a resident library card from any Indiana public library or have purchased a subscription card from any Indiana public library may purchase a Public Library Access Card to borrow items from our collection. This card is valid for one year. PLAC Cost for 2023: $65.00

  • Most circulating materials may be borrowed.
  • PLAC patrons may not borrow the eResources that are on OverDrive or with the Libby app
  • ACPL will not provide Interlibrary Loan service for PLAC patrons.
  • PLAC patrons are not eligible for free parking at the main library.

Indiana residents and non-Indiana residents may purchase a subscription card with proof of identification and residence. This card is valid for one year. Subscription Card Cost for 2023:  $87.00

  • Most circulating materials may be borrowed.
  • Subscription patrons may not borrow the eResources that are on OverDrive or with the Libby app
  • Free parking is included.

If you teach (K-12) or go to school (K-university) in Allen County but you reside outside of the county you are eligible for a free library card. 

Students must show a school id to show status as a current student in Allen County.

Teachers must provide proof that they are currently teaching at a K-12 school within Allen County by presenting a current teacher ID or a paystub.

Note: Other school administrators or employees do not qualify.