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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes you may, but you will need to understand our space limitations and the library's responsibility for donations: It is better to ask first if the library has a purpose for the donation:Gift Policy and Donor’s Acknowledgement Form

(adopted 19 May 2010)

The Indiana Free Library Welcomes Your Gifts…

The Indiana Free Library encourages donations that support our mission. 

The Indiana Free Library reserves the right to accept or decline any and all materials donated or gifted to the library. 

Gifts of tangible personal property that are accepted by the library shall become the unconditional property of the library. 

The Indiana Free Library shall have the right to make all decisions with respect to the retention, storage, processing, use, and disposition of any donated/gifted materials.  Materials gifted, including portions of collective gifts, may be exchanged with other libraries, offered for sale, or otherwise disposed of at the discretion of the Library Board.

Donors are granted the same right to access and use materials they have donated as other members of the public (i.e., materials may be accessed after they have been processed, during normal business hours, and in accordance with the Library’s then-current rules and regulations).

Any sale of donated or gifted items shall be conducted by an Ad Hoc Committee in an attempt to insure that the Library obtains the fair market value of any gifted and/or donated item to be sold.  


Dogs are not permitted in the library unless they are a certified service dog for special needs. Smoking is also prohibited. Please read the other behaviors that will limit your use of the library:



(Adopted June 18, 2008.)


The following behaviors are not permitted in the Library or on Library grounds because they may either interfere with the enjoyment and use of the Library by other patrons, may be a health or safety hazard, or because they are not consistent with the mission of the Library.  Failure to comply with any part of this policy may result in the loss of Library privileges and/or legal action.

·         Being under the influence of alcohol, or selling, using or possessing alcohol on Library property.  It shall be permissible to consume and/or possess alcoholic beverages only during Library-sponsored events where alcohol is being served.

·         Being under the influence of illegal drugs, or selling, using or possessing illegal drugs on Library property.

·         Smoking and/or using tobacco products.

·         Using restrooms for meetings, loitering or for solicitation for immoral purposes or for the consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs.

·         Possessing and/or carrying a firearm and/or any other weapon.  This prohibition shall apply to all individuals except for any law enforcement officer engaged in his/her official capacity and/or duties.

·         Annoying, harassing or threatening another person, including but not limited to physical, sexual and/or verbal abuse, whether another Library user or Library staff.

·         Behaving in a disorderly, loud, or boisterous manner.

·         Having any animals except for a certified assistance animal.

·         Damaging and/or vandalizing library property.

·         Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, or local or other applicable law.

·         Engaging in solicitations without the approval of the Director.

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Yes you may! School tours are especially encouraged in the month of May as we set aside time from programs to allow for the scheduling of local school groups to tour the library before the end of the school year and Summer Learning or Summer Reading activities begin. Please see the following policies regarding school tours.



(adopted 19 May 2010)


The Indiana Free Library welcomes the opportunity to serve students.

School staff should contact the Children’s Librarian to schedule visits.

Visits will not be scheduled during established story times.

Students from private schools may check out materials using a valid Indiana Free Library card.

The school assumes the responsibility for all books checked out.

The Children's Librarian can offer an orientation to the library; further library instruction should be done by the school staff.

A rental room is available if the school wishes to teach library instruction at the library.


Library patrons may use street metered parking in the downtown area. There are two spots at the courthouse side of the building limited to 15 minutes only for picking up or dropping off books. Please refrain from using any staff or museum parking at the side of the building. There is handicapped parking available at the courhouse side and back parking lots of the building. The parking lots in the vicinity are not for library use.

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Adult Services / Inter-Library Loan Librarian

Do you want to be on a library team that creates excellent service? Do you have experience with Interlibrary Loan and understand the process? Do you have great rapport with the public and love to create engaging programs for adults?

You may be the next reference librarian at the Indiana Free Library.  Please submit applications online through Indeed or by regular mail to Personnel, Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701. No calls please. Full job description at http://www.indianafreelibrary.org/node/17525

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Yes we do, please call the Reference Desk to schedule and get more details.

The library  requires cardholders to present their IFL cards when materials are borrowed so that the materials will be checked out to the proper account. Our system also works better if the number is scanned from the card. There may be other residents who have the same name or similar names, and by asking to scan your card library staff members are making sure that your account remains secure. [Please DO NOT allow others to check out materials on your card. If they do, you are legally responsible for any activity on your card.]

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Answer - Each cardholder has the chance to access their individual library accounts through the “My Account” feature of the online catalog. To access your account you must first receive a “Patron or Alternate ID Number” and PIN, or personal identification number, by visiting the Front Desk of the library. PINs may be changed after the account has been activated.

Materials can be renewed online unless one or more of the following conditions exist:

  • The card has expired or been blocked
  • The material’s renewal limit has been reached
  • The material is overdue
  • The library user has any unpaid fines
  • The material is on hold

For more information call (724-465-8841 Ext 5 ) for the Front Desk.

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Answer - Come in person to the Front Desk and bring proof of your current address, such as Driver's License, utility bill or other "Proof of Residency" identification. We will make a card for you. There is no cost if you live within the Indiana School District. There is a $25.00 annual membership fee for those living outside the Indiana School District. Replacement cards may be purchased for .50 cents. If you have a current card with an AccessPA sticker from your home library, in another service area, an IFL card can be issued to you for FREE with Proof of Address. See details below:


Library Cards and Membership

Residents of the Indiana School District

Library cards are free to residents of Indiana Borough, White Township, Shelocta Borough, and Armstrong Township (Indiana Area School District).

Membership application cards are available at the circulation desk. All applicants must present proof of their current address to receive a library card. Post office box numbers are not valid proof of address, because they do not indicate the municipality of the residence. Acceptable proof od address can be Driver's License, peice of mail, lease, utility bill, or other valid forms of ID. Patrons will be asked to verify date of birth to maintain account security online. Upon proof of address the library card application is processed.

Under 18

Applicants who are under 18 years of age must have their application cards signed by a legal parent or guardian. This parent/quardian will be responsible for all fines, lost materials and fees due to the library. Parent cards are linked to children's cards for identification. Parents will be asked to show a photo ID such as a Driver's License for verification and birthdate.

IUP students

IUP resident students may receive a free library card if they live on campus or in our service area. Students must provide a valid IUP ID as well asa proof of their address within the Indiana School District. Non-resident students may use a reciprocal Access PA card fropm their home library for a free card for the Indiana Free Library. Students from unserved areas will be assessed an annual fee of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.

Beyond service areas

Applicants who live outside the library's service area must pay an annual fee of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars at the time the card is issued. The fee is waived if the patron owns property within the service area and provides proof (e.g. tax receipt). Applicants holding a current library card from another library may also be eligible for a free library card if their original card has a blue Access PA insignia. These patrons must also provide proof of address as well as a valid, current library card from their home library.

Special Memberships

Organizations/businesses within the service area are eligible for free memberships. A letter from the director/president/owner of the organization must be presented, in which the institution takes full responsibility for any fines, lost material or fees accrued on the card. Appropriate use by members of the organization is at the discretion of the Director.

Temporary Library Cards

A three-month temporary card may be issued for the cost of $10. The Temporary Card allows a patron to have up to ten checked-out items at any one time, up to ten holds, and access to online library resources. Within 30 days of the end of the three-month period, a card may be purchased for an additional 9-month period with full privileges for the cost of $15. All items not returned after the three-month period may result in the account being sent to a collection agency.


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