Library Cards

Evergreen Cards

Evergreen Indiana, Open Source Integrated Library System

Access thousands of books, audiovisual materials, electronic resources, newspapers, magazines and other educational and recreational resources through the Peabody Public Library and Evergreen Indiana.


The Peabody Public Library is supported by property taxes from Columbia City, Columbia Township, and Thorncreek Township. This means that people living or owning properties in these areas are entitled to an Evergreen Indiana card at no additional cost. Furthermore, anybody with an Evergreen Indiana card from another library can use it at Peabody Public Library. A card is not required to attend programs or access materials within the library.

Please Note

  • You must present your library card to check out materials.
  • A photo ID, utility bill, or lease is needed to apply for a library card.
  • A property tax receipt is needed to show that you own property in the Peabody Public Library service area, if your home address is not in the PPL service area.


Every two years, we are required to update your library card information. Should you receive a notification that your library card is going to expire, please DO NOT throw your card away. Just be sure to bring your card and photo ID the next time you come to the library, to verify your current address, phone number and email address. Parents will need to bring your child(ren) for the child’s account to be updated.

More Information

For more information about searching, placing holds and your account take a look at our 8-page Evergreen Brochure.

For our New Patron's take a look at this guide about Evergreen and what they offer:

Non-Resident Cards

Subscription and PLAC
Those who are not eligible for a Library Card based on property taxes may purchase an Evergreen Indiana borrowers card. Individuals who have a valid borrower's card from other public libraries in Indiana may purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). The cost is determined each year by the Indiana State Library. This state issued PLAC card gives patrons the means to use any public library in the state (regardless of Evergreen affiliation).

Current Fees

  • Evergreen Indiana $70/year
  • PLAC $65/year (with any valid Indiana library card)
Non-resident cards (subscription cards) and PLAC library cards expire one year after the date of purchase.
Student Cards

The Peabody Public Library offers special discounted student library cards to students of the Whitley County Consolidated School district who are not in the PPL service area. The intent of these cards is to provide access to educational materials needed for school work, and the following requirements and limitations will apply.

  • There will be a $5 fee for the cards (maximum of $25 per family, should more than 5 students be enrolled), and they will be valid for one year.
  • Cards will be issued in the student’s name and are intended for the use of the student only.
  • In order to purchase a card the student must be present with a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must bring a current photo ID, such as a driver’s license, that has their current address. Proof of enrollment is also required for students residing outside the normal WCCS service area.
  • These cards will allow students to check out a maximum of 5 items, and this can include no more than one (each) video, music CD, game, or activity kit. Laptops and other electronic equipment cannot be checked out on these cards.
  • Self-checkout will not be available with these cards.
  • The cards will not provide access to special online services like Overdrive and Hoopla. Several other online services will only be available from within the library, as they are to anyone.
  • Student Card holders are limited to materials owned by Peabody Public Library.
  • In other respects, the cards will conform to the usual rules for Evergreen Indiana library cards.
Internet Access Cards
The Peabody Public Library offers free Internet Access cards for those who are not in the PPL service area but wish to use our computers. This way you do not have to request a guest pass each time. Internet Access cards look like student cards, but they do not allow you to check out any materials or access our other online services. An Internet Access card is not required in order to access our free WiFi.

Report a Lost or Stolen Card

Lost or stolen cards should be reported as as soon possible to the library at (260) 244-5541, option 1. The library charges $2.00 for replacement cards.