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Allen County residents of any age who do not currently have an account can apply online.

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Not a resident of Allen County? No problem.Check below for information on Subscription Cards or Public Library Access Cards.




What do I need to apply?

Applicants for library cards must present identification and proof of residence. 

Non-residents may apply using one of the following options:

Own property in Allen County, but live outside of Allen County: 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.

Public Library Access Card (PLAC Card):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 2016: $65.00

  • Most circulating materials may be borrowed.
  • PLAC patrons may not borrow downloadable material.
  • PLAC patrons will not be provided with access to online subscription databases.
  • ACPL will not provide Interlibrary Loan service for PLAC patrons.
  • PLAC patrons are not eligible for free parking at the main library.

Subscription Card: 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 2016:  $70.00

  • Most circulating materials may be borrowed.
  • Subscription patrons may not borrow downloadable material.
  • Free parking is included.

Can I borrow immediately?

As a new patron, you can borrow up to 6 books and/or magazines total(print and audio). Once you receive your postcard for address verification, you can come in to any ACPL location to fully activate your card and have this restriction lifted.


My library card has been lost/stolen. What do I do?

Please notify the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen by calling 260-421-1200, x 4011.  If a library card is lost or stolen, it will be replaced once free of charge. A $3.00 fee will be charged for each additional replacement.  You must present ID at one of our libraries to re-register.


My address/email address/phone number has changed. How do I update this?

You may call 260-421-1200, x4011 and staff will assist you with this issue.  Or stop by any of our locations and speak to our staff at the Checkout Desk. 


My card is damaged and won’t work anymore. What do I do?

Stop by any of our locations and speak to one of our staff at the Checkout Desk. No fee is charged to replace a card that is unusable due to damage. 


For more information about your rights and policies, visit Borrowing Library Materials, Managing Your Account, and ACPL Policies.