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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Evergreen arrived October 9th, 2009

    All borrowers were asked to re-register for a new borrower's card. 

        If you have not yet registered for your new Evergreen Indiana card, on your next visit please bring

  • photo ID
  • proof of address
  • payment for any outstanding fines (New cards will not be issued until paid - start with a clean slate!)
  • reciprocal borrowers should bring their card from their home library as well

        Allow some extra for making the switch to your new Evergreen card.


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The Jay County Public Library will join Evergreen Indiana, a growing network of public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana that use the Evergreen software.  Patrons of member libraries are able to view the catalogs of other member libraries and to borrow materials from those libraries using their Evergreen Indiana library card.

To see Evergreen Indiana libraries on an Indiana map, follow this link to a page produced by the Lebanon Public Library.


What are the benefits?

You will enjoy a wide range of benefits as a member of Evergreen Indiana

  • Access a much larger collection containing over 5 million items
  • Place holds on most books and audio books at member libraries and have them sent here (excludes new items fewer than 6 months old)
  • Return items from other member libraries at this location (Fines and fees are currently paid at the library who owns the overdue items)
  • Use all Evergreen member libraries.
  • Have the option to manage your own library accounts
  • Everything is free as long as items are returned on time

Evergreen Policy

To ensure consistency of service across the network, membership in Evergreen Indiana requires member libraries to adopt and abide by common policies; therefore, some Jay County Public Library policies have changed.

What are some changes?

  • Patrons receive a new Evergreen Indiana library card at no cost; replacement cards will cost $2.00
  • Patrons may check out up to 100 items, which includes up to 10 DVDs and 10 videos (This total includes all items checked out from any Evergreen library.)
  • Most items check out for 21 days, while CDs and new books will check out for 14 days and movies and magazines for 7 days
  • Most items may be renewed one time.  DVDs from the new shelf cannot be renewed.  Items required for a hold may not be renewed.  Check your transaction receipt for information on the number of renewals remaining for each item.
  • A $10.00 per item nonrefundable processing fee will be charged for lost items in addition to item replacement costs and any applicable collection fees
  • Fines may not exceed $10.00 to check out
  • All fines and fees on a borrower’s record, whether large or small, need to be cleared before a new card is issued

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines for all materials will be calculated at $.25 per day, per item with a $10.00 cap per item.

Overdue Notices

As a courtesy, patrons will receive notification of overdue items.  This is a courtesy only.  Your transaction receipt is your "first notice" of the due date and are the best record of it.  However, notices may be sent through the following methods:

EMAIL: Patrons with current email addresses will receive the following email notices:

  • 3 days prior to due date
  •  the day item is due
  • 14 days after item is due
  • 28 days after an item is due

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: Patrons who do not have an email address or who do not keep their email address current on their library account will receive the following notices through the U.S. Postal Service:

  • 14 days after item is due
  • 28 days after item is due

A final notice, which declares items “LOST” and assesses the replacement cost of the overdue materials and related costs, including any applicable collection costs and a $10.00 per item processing fee will be sent via U.S. First Class Mail 45 days after the due date.

Accounts may be assigned to a 3rd party for collection, and reports to credit rating agencies may be issued.

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Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana