Jay County Public Library 
315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN  47371 
(260) 726-7890 or fax (260) 726-7317
Monday-Friday 8 to 8   Saturday 8 to 5


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Art Print Collection

FaxSpeakers & Tours
Audio Visual EquipmentHomebound Delivery
Tax Forms
Bookmobile Interlibrary Loan Travel Kits
ComputersMeeting & Study Rooms Word Processing
Copy MachinePhone Renewals 

Art Print Collection:  Several sizes of art prints are available for eight-week loan and are displayed on the east wall of the adult area.  Not all art work in the building can be checked out.  Look for special labels on non-circulating items.

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Audio Visual Equipment:  Items such as an LCD projector (in-house only), overhead projector, slide projector and screen are available for public use.  Equipment taken from the building requires a $25.00 deposit check and a valid borrower's card.  Equipment may also be used in the meeting rooms.  Please call for a reservation.

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Computers:  Two electronic galleries are available for public use. The adult gallery has five computers for word processing or spreadsheet or Internet access (see Internet at Jay County Public Library).  Two similar machines are located nearby.   The children’s gallery offers six computers with software for primarily educational games.   There are also three Early Literacy Stations for preschoolers and their parents in the Children's area.

Registration at the circulation desk is required for computers in the galleries (and the two additional adult machines nearby).  Time may be reserved in advance.  The fee for printing is 15 per sheet payable at the circulation desk.   Except for the most basic technical support, staff do not assist users of this equipment.  If you are interested in more help, ask at the circulation desk about scheduling a 30-minute one-on-one basic computer use session with a staff member.

Express Internet computers offer limited time usage (up to 15 minutes per user per day) for quick checks of information or email.  Those with a signed Internet usage agreement on file may log on directly without visiting the circulation desk.  Visitors may sign in at the desk for a guest pass to use at these stations.

A computer station for word processing (no Internet access) is located in the Indiana Room.

Two computers with limited Internet access are located in the Indiana Room for genealogy research and access to the local obituary index.  An additional computer is connected to a microfilm scanner. 

Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.  Those with signed a signed Internet usage agreement on file may log on with their card number and password.  Guests may sign at the desk for a one-day guest pass.

Additional computer terminals around the building offer OPAC service (online public access catalog of the library's collection). 

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Copy Machine:  A coin-operated copy machine is available at the south end of the Circulation/Information desk.  Change is available at the desk.  Cost is 15 per copy for black and white letter-sized copies.  Color copies are 30.  Larger-sized copies may be made for an increased cost.

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Fax Service:  Faxes may be sent and received for a small fee.  Library staff operate the machine.  Cost to send is $1 for the first page and 25 for each additional page to the same number.  Faxes to foreign countries are twice the usual cost.  The cost to receive a fax is 50 per page.  Library staff do not notify those who receive faxes at the library.  Please ask those who fax documents to you at the library to notify you when they do so that you may pick up your fax promptly.  The fax number for the library is (260) 726-7317.

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Interlibrary Loan: 

The library won’t always be able to meet your information needs locally, but it has access to books from a multitude of libraries, first through the Evergreen Indiana system, and also through the interlibrary loan service of the Indiana State Library. 

Most library users will be able to borrow items through the Evergreen system and may place holds themselves or with staff assistance.  Reciprocal borrowers who may not place holds on items from other Evergreen libraries may make interlibrary loan requests through staff.

Our staff submit your request and items are delivered to Jay County Public Library.  The service is free if materials can be borrowed from another Indiana library.  If material must come from outside Indiana, there may be a fee.

Call the library at (260) 726-7890 or visit the circulation desk.  Have as much specific information as possible about the particular book, magazine article or subject you are seeking.    

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Phone Renewals:  Requests for renewal by phone are gladly accepted at (260) 726-7890.  Most books may be renewed twice.  Books marked as "new,"  audiobooks, music CDs, magazines and most DVDs may be renewed once.  DVDs marked as "new" may not be renewed.  The number of remaining renewals will appear on your printed receipt and can also be seen when you log in to "My Account."

Materials needed to fulfill a hold by another library patron will not be renewed.  Also, if the material is deemed too long overdue it will not be renewed (typically, when the number of days overdue exceeds the original borrowing period).

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Speakers/Tours: Brief one-on-one tours can be done at the drop of a hat, but please schedule group tours in advance.  Schools or other groups with young people will want to speak with the Youth Services librarian about planning a tour to fit their needs.  Library staff members are also available for off-site programs.  For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the library at (260) 726-7890.

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Tax Forms:  Some common federal and state income tax forms are available at the library on a first come first served basis.  Library staff do not give advice about which forms to use or offer any other tax help.  

Useful phone numbers and web sites for more information about federal and Indiana taxes are:

Internal Revenue Service web site

IRS Telephone Assistance
    Recorded tax and refund information  1-800-829-4477
    Tax information and notice inquiries  1-800-829-1040
    Forms and Publication Orders  1-800-829-3676
    TDD Equipment  1-800-829-4059

Indiana Department of Revenue

For questions about state forms and more call TAX FAX (317) 233-2329.

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Travel Kits:  Library staff will select a group of materials suitable for children or families who are traveling.  Requests must be received one week in advance of pick up date.  Requests should include such information as age, reading level and interests, and perhaps destination or mode of travel.  Materials can be checked out for an extended period.

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Word processing:  Seven adult Internet computer stations also have word processing software installed.  In addition, a computer station (without Internet connection) is available for public use in the Indiana Room.  Sign in at the circulation desk.

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Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana