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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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the library's hours?
  2. Where is the library?
  3. How do I contact the library?
  4. How do I get a library card?
  5. How long may I keep materials?
  6. How do I place a hold on a book?
  7. Do you take requests for materials?
  8. When is the Friends of the Library book sale?
  9. When are the Board of Trustees meetings?

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What are the library's hours?

Regular hours are:

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The library is not open on Sundays, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, or Independence Day.

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Where is the library?

The library is at 315 N. Ship Street in Portland, Indiana, 2 blocks west of Meridian Street (U.S. 27) and 3 blocks south of Votaw Street (Indiana 67).  

Map of library location

Parking is available in a lot across from the front entrance as well as in several spots on Ship Street and south of the building on High Street.

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How do I get a library card ?

Come to the library and complete a registration form. You'll need to provide proof of identity and residence in the Jay County Public Library  tax district* by showing proper identification.

Proper Identification is one of the following:

  • a valid Indiana Driverís License which displays a current address;
  • a valid Indiana State ID which displays a current address;
  • a current government issued photo ID (e.g., military ID, passport).
  • a valid identification issued by another State (e.g., Driverís License)
  • valid current university or college identification (e.g., Student identification)

If the presented Proper Identification does not display a current address, the applicant must present one item from the Recommended List in addition to the Indiana Driverís License, Indiana State ID or other government issued photo ID presented as Proper Identification. The ID presented from the Recommended List must include a current address.

Recommended List of ID includes:

  • valid voter registration card,
  • computer generated bank statement issued in applicantís name within the last 30 days
  • computer generated utility, credit card company, doctor or hospital bill, issued in applicantís name within the last 30 days and containing address of residence
  • Medicaid or Medicare benefit statement issued in the applicantís name within the last 30 days
  • Change - of - address confirmation from the United States Postal Service showing prior and current address of residence (a P.O. Box is not acceptable as a residence address)
  • apartment lease signed within the last 30 days
  • property tax receipt issued in applicantís name

Borrowers 17 years of age or younger must have registration forms signed by a parent or legal guardian.  That person must provide proof of identification and address as above. 

*The Jay County Public Library tax district includes all of Jay County except the City of Dunkirk, Pennville and Penn Township which are served by the Dunkirk and Pennville libraries.  For service to Jay County residents outside the tax district see "Reciprocal Borrowers" below. 


Borrower card categories and requirements:

  • Resident:  individual who lives in the tax district as a permanent resident or who can show proof of ownership of real estate in the tax district (Jay County with the exception of the City of Dunkirk*, Town of Pennville and Penn Township).
    *City of Dunkirk residents can use their Dunkirk Library Evergreen cards at the Jay County Public Library.
  • Evergreen borrower: An individual whose home library is a member of the Evergreen Indiana consortium and has the borrowing privileges associated with same.
  • Reciprocal:  a resident borrower of one of the libraries Jay County Public Library has a reciprocal agreement with including Pennville and Ridgeville libraries.  Borrower must present "home" library card to obtain Jay County Public Library card.  Reciprocal borrowers may use the Jay County Public Library issued Evergreen card only at Jay County Public Library.

    NOTE:  on 4-12-2011 the Dunkirk library became part of the Evergreen Indiana consortium.  Those Dunkirk cardholders who have held reciprocal cards with Jay County Public Library should register in Dunkirk.  Their new cards can be used at any Evergreen library as Evergreen borrowers (see above).
  • Public Library Access Card (PLAC):  a non-resident who is a registered borrower at another Indiana public library and has purchased an annual PLAC card (cost for the year 2015 is $65).  PLAC card must then be presented to obtain Jay County Public Library card.
  • Temporary:  an individual residing in the tax district 7 - 90 days.  Requires countersignature of resident host or temporary employer.
  • Non-resident:  any potential borrower who does not fall under one of the above categories.  Cost of non-resident card is currently $48 per year.


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How long may I keep materials?

New movies                        1-week loan, not renewable
Movies, magazines            1-week loan, renewable once
New books, music CDs     2-week loan, renewable once
Books, audiobooks            3-week loan, renewable twice
Audiobooks                         3-week loan, renewable once              

Materials classified as "Reference" are not checked out.

Materials needed to fulfill a hold placed by another library user may not be renewed.

Renewals may be made at the circulation desk or by phone at (260) 726-7890, or online through the My Account feature of Evergreen Indiana.

Two outside drops are available for after-hours returns; one is for books, the other for audiovisual materials. 

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How do I place a hold on a book ?

You may place a hold on items you search on the catalog, whether online or from one of the OPAC computer stations at the library.  Use your library card number and password.  Be sure to fill out all contact and pickup location information.

You may also make your request by phone at (260) 726-7890 or at the circulation desk.  This is particularly helpful for items not yet entered in the catalog.  You'll be contacted when the material becomes available. 

If after placing a hold you no longer need the material, please cancel the hold through My Account or notify library staff.

There is a limit of 20 hold requests per account at any one time.


Note:  If you hold an Evergreen card as a reciprocal borrower, you will only be able to place holds on items owned by Jay County Public Library.  If you need an item from another library, please call or ask at the circulation desk to make an Interlibrary Loan request. 


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Do you take requests for materials ?

Requests for new materials are always considered.  We regret not all requests can be honored.  If the material you request will not be purchased by the library, consider searching the other Evergreen Indiana libraries for available copies, or request Inter-Library Loan service to borrow a copy from another library outside the Evergreen Indiana group.

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When is the Friends of the Library book sale?

The Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale is typically held in late August.  The sale takes place in the library's Community Room.   

2015 Book Sale August 27, 28, 29

Used books donated by community members and extra books from the libraryís own collection are available at reasonable prices.
There are also magazines, puzzles, videos, and other items available.

Sale details



More information on the Friends

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Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana