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Limited Edition Library Cards 


Choose Your Card and Take Your Story Further with the ACPL

Introducing three new, limited edition library cards available to Allen County residents featuring local art. The partnership celebrates Allen County’s thriving public art scene and the artists who make the community a vibrant place to call home.


The cards feature three different artists’ work including Theoplis Smith’s depiction of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, Bryan Ballinger’s mural “The Blue Birds”, and Tim Parsley’s homage to poet Walt Whitman “Arouse, for you must justify me!” A team of ACPL staff chose the pieces to reflect the diversity of materials, services, and thoughts the ACPL aims to represent.

Already a card holder? Choose a new design for your card in person at any library branch.  Please Note: you will receive a new card number.
If you're applying for a card and you don't already have one you can stop by a branch or apply online.
Supplies are limited.
Rosa Parks

Artist: Theoplis Smith

The Blue Birds

Artist: Bryan Ballinger

Arouse, for you must justify me!

Artist: Tim Parsley

How to Apply for a Library Card

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.


You'll need to bring some form of ID with you that shows your name and address. This could be your drivers license, state ID, a bill or a piece of mail.

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.

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.

If you are a resident who owns 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 2024: $65.00 Most circulating materials may be borrowed. PLAC patrons may not borrow the eResources that are on the Libby App, Kanopy, and Udemy. 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 2024: $90.00 Most circulating materials may be borrowed. Subscription patrons may not borrow the eResources that are on the Libby App, Kanopy, and Udemy. Free parking is included.

If you Teach or go to School in Allen County but Reside Outside the County: 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. Out of County Student and Teacher patrons may not borrow the eResources that are on the Libby App, Kanopy, and Udemy. Note: Other school administrators or employees do not qualify.

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