FAQs

Getting And Using A Library Card

How do I get a library card?

You may register for a library card at the Main Desk at the library. The card is free to residents of Guilford Township. You will be asked to present a current Indiana driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID with your current address on it. If your ID doesn’t display your current address, you will also need proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, in order to receive a card.

If you live in a township not served by a library, you may purchase a non-resident card.

If you would like access to all public libraries in the state, you may purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC card) at the Main Desk.

How do I find a book, movie or other item?

We have lots of ways of finding the book, movie or other media you need! First, check for the material by searching the Evergreen Catalog, and the system will return a list of hits for your review. The Evergreen Catalog is available from your home or workplace as well as at the library. You may also access the Evergreen Catalog through our APP! just search for Plainfield Public Library in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

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How many things can I check out at once?

DVDs and Playaway Views are limited to 10 per person. Board Games are limited to 5 per person. You may check out up to 100 items total.

How do I renew an item?

You may renew an item by calling us at 317-838-3800. You may also renew materials through the Evergreen Catalog by logging into your account. Log into your account from the library’s page by clicking on the “My Account” link in the upper right corner. Log in and select “Items Out” to see everything you have checked out and the renewal option will be available from that screen. For more information on creating a user account, resetting a PIN, or renewing items online, stop by the Main Desk or visit the Evergreen Help Page.

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How long can I keep books, DVDs and other items?

DVDs, Playaway Views, Pocket WiFis, and Board Games may be borrowed for up to 1 week, New Fiction may be borrowed for 2 weeks. Books, audiobooks, magazines, and CDs may be borrowed for 3 weeks.

May I check things out if I don’t have a library card?

You must have a library card to check out materials. PGTPL is a member of Evergreen Indiana, and any Evergreen Library cardholder in good standing may also check out.

Can I check out materials online?

Yes! PGTPL is a member of the EIndiana Digital Consortium (downloadable books and audiobooks, which are compatible with devices including iPhone, Android phones, Kindle, etc.) All you need is your library card. PGTPL also has other downloadable and streaming services available, including HOOPLA, FREEGAL, FREADING, and MORE!

For physical items owned by the library, you may place holds, review your account and any materials that you have checked out or placed on hold by visiting your Evergreen Account.

What if the library does not have the title I’m looking for?

Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library is an Evergreen Indiana library; if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, you have access to the other libraries in the consortium. Simply place a hold on the item (excluding some DVDs, CDs, and brand new materials) you’d like and it will be shipped here within a week.

A Plainfield patron whose account is in good standing (no overdue fines or fees) may fill out up to 3 interlibrary loan requests at one time. Request cards are available at the library’s Main Desk. Interlibrary loans are usually available within 2 weeks, depending on the popularity of the title.

You can recommend ordering a title at any desk within the library. Any staff member will be able to help you!

Can I check things out if I have late fines or fees on my account?

Yes, but you must owe no more than $10.00 in fines and fees.

Does the library accept credit cards for payment?

Yes, the library accepts Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

Using the Library’s Services

How do I research a topic?

To research a topic you may come to the library where a staff of professionals is on hand to help you find the information you are looking for. Our help desks are staffed during all of our business hours. You may also call us at (317) 838-3800.

If you would like to start your research from home, you may use the library’s Evergreen Catalog, or you can use many of our research tools and databases on the Digital Resources page from home using your card number.

How do I reserve a meeting room?

Meeting rooms are free to all residents and can be reserved for a fee to non-residents. In order to reserve a meeting room you must fill out a Meeting Room Request form by following one of these procedures:

1. Ask for a meeting room form at the Main Desk.

2. Call the Meeting Room Manager at 317-839-6602, ext. 2135.

Request forms must be submitted well in advance of the meeting date since all forms must be reviewed and approved. Also, for details about the use of the meeting rooms, please read the Meeting Room Policy.

How do I find an event or program?

Library events and programs are listed on the Events Calendar. Click on the selected event to go to the registration form.

How do I connect with wireless in the library?

For more information on Wireless Access, please visit our Technology page.

How can I use the library’s computers if I don’t have a library card?

Computers are available throughout the library. Users may log in by typing in their library card number or their name.

Can I print from the library’s computers?

Yes, black and white prints are $0.10 each, color prints are $0.25 each.

Supporting The Library

How can I donate to the library?

The Friends of the Library accept donations of used books for resale in the Friends Book Sale Room. Donations should be brought to the Main Desk at the library during regular business hours.

Monetary donations may be made to the library. The library has a general gift and memorial fund as well has a historical gift and memorial fund that benefits the Guilford Township Historical Collection (genealogy and local history).

Donations may also be made to the Plainfield Public Library Endowment held by the Hendricks County Community Foundation. Gifts to this fund are invested in perpetuity. The library uses interest earned to support the goals of the library.

How can I get involved at the library?

The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library offers a few different options for members of the community to get involved and support the library. You can learn more about these opportunities by visiting our Support the Library page or reaching out to a member of our staff.

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Can’t find the answer to your question?

Feel free to send us a message and let us know about your questions! Our staff is ready to help!