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How to Get a Library Card

Resident Library Cards

Residents of the City of Berne are issued cards which expire in two years.

Non Resident Library Cards

Residents of townships are issued non-resident cards which expire annually and are charged a fee of $80.00. Each township subsidizes this fee. Call the library for more information on this. Partial year cards are also available.

Property Owners

Library cards are available to property owners of the library district who reside outside the library district.  To apply for a card, property owners must show the current tax bill for the property within the library district.  Property owner cards expire May 31st of the year following the tax bill receipt.  Property owner cards may be renewed each year by showing the current tax bill.

Reciprocal Library Cards

Adams Public Library cardholders are eligible for Reciprocal Cards. Patrons must first have an APL card before a Berne Public Library card will be issued. Card allows full access to all in-house material.

How to Apply for a Library Card

To apply for a library card, visit the Circulation Desk at the Berne Public Library. Please bring with you:

  • A current photo ID, such as driver’s license or state issued ID, passport, or school ID.

  • A document dated within the last 60 days that verifies your address, such as a bill, statement, or lease.

  • If you are a cardholder at another library, and are applying for reciprocal privileges or a PLAC card, please also bring your home library card.

What does my Library Card allow me to do?

Your card entitles you to borrow any circulating print and non-print materials available at the Berne Public Library. Residents also have access to our online resources and downloadable collections. Reciprocal borrowers should go through their home library for access to online resources.

All guests at the library, whether they have borrower privileges or not, are welcome to browse our collections, use our computer labs, and attend programs!

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