If you live in Columbia City, Columbia Township, or Thorncreek Township, and are over the age of 18, you can apply for a free library card, here.
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.
- You must present your library card to check out materials.
- Proper Identification to register for a library card- (A photo ID is always needed to register for a card):
- Valid Driver’s License (Other states’ IDs will have to provide proof of residency)
- Valid State ID card (Other states’ IDs will have to provide proof of residency)
- Valid U.S. or other Government issued Photo ID (Military, Passport)
- Valid University or College issued ID with name and information
- If you do not have your current address on your ID, then you will need to supply proof of residency along with your photo ID. Items need to be within the last 30 days. Electronic Versions are acceptable:
- Bank Statement
- Any bill issued in the applicant’s name
- Apartment lease
- Property Tax Receipt- (Beacon may be used)
- Change of address from the United States Post Office.
- A P.O. BOX is NOT acceptable as a residence physical address.
- 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.
Those who are not eligible for a residents card, may purchase an Evergreen Indiana borrowers card.
Individuals who have a valid borrower's card from another public library in Indiana may purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC). The PLAC card gives patrons the means to use any public library in Indiana regardless of Evergreen affiliation.
The cost is determined each year by the Indiana State Library. Non-resident cards and PLAC library cards expire one year after the date of purchase.
- Evergreen Indiana $85/year
- PLAC $65/year (with any valid Indiana library card)
Why am I not eligible?
Public libraries in Indiana are funded by local taxing districts. These taxes pay for the books and other materials in the library, the utilities, maintenance, salaries and other expenses. The Peabody Public Library’s taxing district is Columbia City, Columbia Township and Thorncreek Township (only two of the nine townships in Whitley County). The people owning property or living within these districts are eligible for cards paid for through their local property taxes.
- Anyone is welcome to use the resources of the library when they visit, but only those with borrowers’ cards may check out materials. We also honor borrower’s cards from other Evergreen libraries.
Do you have a Churubusco Library Card?
If your answer is yes, then great news! You qualify for a free Peabody Public Library card!
Stop by our Circulation desk and we will set you up with a shiny PPL card for free, thanks to the new reciprocal borrowers program! Need more information? Call or talk to the Circulation Department at either of these locations and a staff member will be happy to help you!
Need Access to a computer?
The Peabody Public Library offers FREE Computer Access cards for those who are not in the PPL service area but wish to use our public computers.
These cards look like student cards, but they do not allow you to check out any materials or access our other online services.
PLEASE NOTE: A Computer Access card is not required in order to access our free WiFi, it just means that you don't have to request a guest pass each time you come in.
Just for you...
K-12 students that attend (at least in part) a school in the Whitley County Consolidated School district, but who are not in the PPL service area, can receive a student library card for free. This also includes K-12 homeschooled students living in the WCCS district.
Student cards expire annually and must be renewed. Parent or guardian must be present and have a photo ID that has their current address. Proof of enrollment is also required for students who reside outside the normal WCCS district.
K-12 teachers that work for the Whitley County Consolidated School district, but who are not in the PPL service area, can receive a library card for free.
Teacher cards expire annually and must be renewed. Proof of employment is required in the form of school ID, logging into classroom management software, contract, paystub, etc.
Lost or stolen cards should be reported as as soon possible to the library at (260) 244-5541. The library charges $2.00 for replacement cards.
This is a service for our patrons who would like to pick up their holds, but don't want to leave their car.
All you need to do is park in one of our two (2) available spaces , give us a call with the number you see on the sign (260) 244-5541, and ask for curbside service.
Please make sure when using curbside that you have your library card with you, as we will need to see it to verify your account before we give you your holds.
Curbside Service is available
Monday & Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Checkout & Fines
How to get your stuff!
You must have your card with you, and you cannot use someone else's card unless there is a sp
In order to check out materials, you must have a green Evergreen Indiana library card.
You must have your card with you, and you cannot use someone else's card unless there is a special circumstance and you have appropriate paperwork on file.
- Books, Audio Books, CDs, and Magazines can be checked out for 3 weeks.
- Blu-Rays and DVDs can be checked out for 1 week.
- Limit of 10
- Gaming software can be checked out for 2 weeks.
- Limit of 5
How to keep your stuff longer...
How many times can I renew my item(s)?
- Books and audiobooks can usually be renewed twice, the rest of our items can be renewed one time.
How can I renew my item(s)?
- Patrons may renew materials by bringing their library card or the materials they wish to renew to the library.
- Patrons can renew materials by calling the library at (260) 244-5541 (option 1).
- Patrons will need their library card & have the materials nearby so any questions can be answered in order to complete the renewal.
- Patrons can also renew materials by using the Evergreen App.
- Go to your app store and search for Evergreen Indiana Library App to get started.
- Finally, patrons may renew materials online by using the following steps:
- Click here to access Your Evergreen Account
- Enter your user ID and your PIN in the Log In area.
- Your user ID is your library card number.
- If you have forgotten your PIN or password, you can come to the library to have it tested or have it reset (please bring a photo ID. Passwords cannot be reset over the phone), or you can click "Forgot Password" to reset it from your device.
- Click the "Log In" button to access your account.
- Click on the "Items Checked Out" tab.
- Check the items you wish to renew and click on the "Go" button next to "Renew selected items."
- Confirm the renewal by going back into your list of checked out items to see that the due date has changed.
Oops, I forgot about my stuff...
Not to worry! We are a fine free library!*
*Fine Free DOES NOT apply to:
- Board Games, Lawn Games, Items from Library of Things, Science Kits
- Fine of $2 per day, per item
- Fine of $5 per day, per device
***Patrons will be billed the FULL PRICE for ANY item unreturned after 28 days.***
Public Computers, Wifi, and Hotspots
A library card and a PIN Number is required to use these computers. If you do not have a library card you can request a guest pass from anyone in the Circulation area. Computers can be used in two hour increments, with the option to extend time, depending on the accessibility of other computers. You will be able to print in color or black and white from any of these computers.
Adult Services Area
An ADA-compatible computer is available near the other Internet computers. It features a large screen and access to all Windows Accessibility software.
All of these computers have Microsoft Office installed on them.
Youth Services Area - Internet Access is Limited
Six gaming computers are available in the Youth Services area. Printing is NOT available on these computers.
Two computers have Microsoft Office on them: One in the Children's area and one in the Young Adult area.
The computer lab consists of 10 computers and 1 instructor computer. Internet access and printing are available on these computers.
The Peabody Public Library provides free wireless internet access throughout the library. A library card is not necessary to connect to the library wireless network. Simply connect to PeabodyWireless, and type in your email address to gain access to broadband internet. Don't have a portable device of your own? See above to learn about our public computers.
We offer 25 hotspots that can be checked out with your Evergreen Indiana library card. You must have your card with you, and you cannot use someone else's card unless there is a special circumstance and you have appropriate paperwork on file.
- Hotspots can be checked out for 1 week.
- No Renewals.
- You can ask to be put on a waiting list.
- Patron must be 18 years or older to checkout or be put on the waiting list.