All locations will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

All locations will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

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How To Get A Library Card

How to get a card

If you live in St. Joseph County or one of the following townships, you can apply for a free library card by visiting any of our locations.

Eligible Townships

  • Centre
  • Clay
  • Greene
  • German
  • Liberty
  • Portage
  • Union Township
  • Warren Township

If you live in Harris, Lincoln, Olive, or Penn township, you must get a home library card before you get a St. Joe County Public Library card.

What you need to bring

All applicants must provide a picture ID with current address to verify your identity and residency.

  • If your photo ID does not have your current address, please bring in current mail from an institution or government agency (i.e. a household bill, bank statement, or health insurance letters)

Special Circumstances

Parents of children under 18:

  • Provide identifying documents for the child*
        *child does not need to be present with parent at registration.

Children under 18 without a parent:

  • If child* can provide full name, address, birth date, and home phone number, he/she can register for a Youth Access Card. This overdue-free card allows young patrons to check out up to 5 print items or audiobooks.
        *child MUST be present at registration.

St. Joseph County property owners:

  • Provide a treasury receipt in your name showing property taxes are paid.

Mishawaka, Plymouth & Bremen Public Library patrons:

  • Provide current Mishawaka, Plymouth or Bremen Public Library card.

Temporary residents:

  • Provide an official letter of residence at your temporary address.

In-State nonresident teachers & students at a school in SJCPL’s taxing district:

  • Provide proof of enrollment or employment at the school.

Residents unable to visit the library due to physical injury or disability:


  • Send a proxy with all required registration documentation.
  • Provide a signed letter stating the proxy may register you for a library card.

For more information, call 574-282-4646, or visit one of our locations.

Library Card Responsibilities

You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card.
If your card is lost or stolen, please call us immediately at 574-282-4646.
You are financially responsible for material that is checked out until you report your card lost or stolen.

For further details on SJCPL’s Circulation Policies, please view Section 3 of our Public Service Policy Manual.


Student Cards

Digital student cards are available for SBCSC students in grades 5-12. To apply for a digital student card, email Kris Springer at

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