- How do I get a library card?
Residents of Indiana presenting Proper Identification such as a valid Indiana Driver's License which displays a current address; a valid Indiana State ID which displays a current address; a current government issued photo ID (e.g.m military ID, passport); or a bank statement or utility bill that establishes that the individual resides in or pays real property taxes on a property owned in the library's service area (the "library district") are eligible to receive a green Evergreen Indiana "resident" library card, which is used at the BMPL. Bring your proof of residence with you to the check out desk at the library and an adult library staff person will help you get signed up for your card.
- What do you mean by "library district?"
The Batesville Memorial Public Library's service district includes:
- the City of Batesville, Indiana,
- plus those parts of Laughery and Adams Townships in Ripley County that are in the Batesville Community School Corporation District,
- plus all of Ray Township in Franklin County.
A portion of the property taxes assessed to property owners in the above areas goes to help fund the library.
- Can I get a library card if I don't live in the "library district?"
Yes, you can. First, though, you should know that if you have a current and valid Evergreen Indiana library card with another library, your card may be used at our library to borrow materials.
If you are not a resident of another Evergreen Indiana library district, but you have a valid library card from another Indiana public library that is not in the Evergreen Indiana system, you have two options:
- Purchase a Public Library Access Card (PLAC) for an annual fee. This PLAC is good at any public library in Indiana; OR
- Purchase a Non-Resident card at our library, or at another Evergreen Indiana library, for an annual fee. This fee varies at different libraries, based on a formula established by Indiana Library Law. You should contact libraries in your area to see which option will work best for you.
NOTE: Option 2 also applies to anyone who lives in or owns property in an area of Indiana that is unserved by any public library.
- I have a valid Evergreen Indiana library card from another library. Why can't I use it to access databases / take free online Gale courses / download eBooks or eAudiobooks from your website?
Each public library purchases subscriptions to its own databases with funds collected from tax payers in its district and/or grant funds or donations. The databases to which the BMPL subscribes can be accessed by anyone from within the library building. However, remote online access to those databases is restricted to the people from our library district.
INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Online Library. INSPIRE is a collection of online academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents. INSPIRE began in January 1998 as a project of the Indiana State Library, funded by a one-time development grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Since that time, INSPIRE has been supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and through a partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI).
INSPIRE includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more. In most cases, INSPIRE provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of all articles that appear in every periodical with the exception of some newspapers. Only letters to the editor, advertisements, and some images are excluded for copyright reasons.
INSPIRE is a free resource available to all Indiana residents who have Internet access.
- How do I book a meeting room at the library?
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You may reserve a room if it is available for your desired date and time. The library will contact you if there are any problems with your reservation. Or you may choose to contact the library. Call (812) 934-4706 or email Jane Vierling [email@example.com]. Jane can go over all the details with you, including availability of rooms, your set-up requirements, available furniture and equipment, and whether or not a fee is required. Individuals and organizations that are "for-profit" pay a fee to use our meeting rooms. If a room is not available at the date and/or time you desire, Jane can suggest other venues in the area that you may contact.