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December 28, 2009

State library card rate increases

Patrons can renew at $30 rate through Wednesday

Local library patrons who have a Public Library Access Card could be in for a surprise when they renew their cards in 2010, as the Indiana Library & Historical Board has raised the fee 66 percent.

Charles Joray, director of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, said he received notice Dec. 14 from the board, which governs state libraries, that the fee would be raised from $30 to $50 per year starting Friday.

The PLAC card is a statewide library card, which allows Indiana residents who have a valid library card to check out materials from libraries other than their home libraries. Card holders pay an annual fee, and revenue from the cards is used to reimburse libraries.

The fee increase only impacts people who buy PLAC cards. Those who hold only cards for the library in their taxing district are not affected.

Joray said he and Margi Bontrager, director of the Greentown Public Library, sent courtesy letters Dec. 18 to patrons whose PLAC cards expired in late 2009 and early 2010, informing them of the increase so they could renew before the rate increase took effect.

Patrons can renew their cards today or Wednesday at the $30 rate. Both the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and Greentown Public Library are closed Thursday and Friday for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Joray said Aaron Smith, director of circulation, told him about four to five people per day have renewed their PLAC cards at the $30 rate since receiving their letters.

Joray said about 275 PLAC holders use the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. Most are from Greentown, he said, but there are also card holders from Tipton, Peru and Frankfort using the library.

He said each library is reimbursed at the end of the year based on net loans, which is the number of items it loans to patrons of other libraries, minus items its own patrons borrow from other libraries.

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