Where is the library located?
Do I need a library card to access the Internet on the public computers?
No, you do not. You may ask for a guest pass at the desk and login to the public computers without having a library card. Please refer to our Internet Use Policy regarding using the Internet.
Do you have free Wi-Fi?
Yes, we do! Please read our Internet and Computer Use Policy
Do you offer e-books and downloadable audiobooks?
From the “Quick Links” box click on “download Ebooks“, this will take you to OverDrive. You can also find MP3 and WMA audiobooks to download as well. Under the “Getting Started” tab, click on the “Digital Help” link and select “OverDrive Help”. You will need your library card number and a pin number to create an account. Call the library for your pin number, 812-988-2850 or Contact Us.
Who can get a library card, and how?
You can download our complete circulation policy as a PDF. Any resident or property owner and their family members in Brown County are eligible for a library card, regardless of age. To get a library card you will need a photo ID and another valid form of identification that shows your current address. Valid forms of identification would include a valid voter registration card, apartment lease signed within the last 60 days, a bank statement issued within the last 60 days, a utility bill issued within the last 60 days, or a property tax receipt. If your driver’s license is up-to-date, that’s all you need!
Patrons under 16 years of age must have a parent or guardian with them to sign their library card. The parent or guardian must provide a photo ID and identification stating their current address.
What kind of materials are available at the library?
You will find materials for adults, teens and children at the BCPL.
In our Children’s Department we have picture books, easy readers, popular series books, fiction and non-fiction for all reading levels, graphic novels, books on CD, tape and Playaways, Playaway View, DVDs, VHS tapes, computer games and theme kits.
Teens and adults can find magazines, newspapers, fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks on cassette, CD, Mp3 CD, and Playaways, DVDs and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. We also have a large-print collection of fiction and non-fiction titles.
Is there a limit on the number of items I can check out?
Adults (18 or older) have a limit of 50 items, including 6 DVDs. Teens (13-17) have a limit of 50 items, including 3 DVDs. Children (12 or younger) have a limit of 50 items as well, including 3 children’s DVDs.
Only adult cards can checkout R rated and Not Rated films and TV shows. Teen cards can check out G, PG, PG13, and documentary films. Child cards can check out movies located in the Juvenile DVD collection, only.
How long is the check-out period for materials?
DVDs can be checked out for one week, unless otherwise stated on the cover. All other materials have a check out period of three weeks. Items can be renewed twice. If you wish to keep an item longer than the two renewal periods you will need to bring the item into the library to check-in and then check-out again. You can renew items online, over the phone or bring them in to renew them. If an item has been requested (placed on hold) by another patron it may not be renewed.
How much are late fees on overdue items?
DVDs are .50 cents per item per day. All other items are .10 cents per item per day. Fines are capped at $10.00 if all overdue items are returned. If fines are over $10.00 you may not check out more items until you have returned all overdue items and paid the capped fine of $10.00 or paid the fine down so it is less than $10.00.
What if I damage or lose a book, DVD or other item?
If an item is lost or returned damaged, a fee will be charged. The fee will be based on the original cost of the item. Individual CDs from a set are $10.00 per disc to replace. No refunds are possible. If an item is found after it has already been paid for you may keep it or donate it back to the library. It may be possible to replace the exact item on your own instead of paying the replacement fee; this will be determined on a case by case basis.
What if the library doesn’t have the book I’m looking for?
We can order books from another library through Interlibrary Loan. Contact us or ask at the desk. Microfilms, magazines and newspaper articles can also be made available through Interlibrary Loan.
How can I suggest a book for purchase?
If you have a title to suggest to the library for purchase, please fill out our contact us form or let us know when you are next at the library.
How can I suggest a book be reconsidered for the collection?
The library believes each individual has the right to chose what they wish to read and celebrates the freedom to read freely. We do respect your opinions and appreciate your comments. Please fill out a Request for Reconsideration of Library Material form. All requests are presented to the Library Board.
How much does a replacement card cost?
There is a $1.00 fee for replacing a lost card.
Can I donate my books to the library?
We are happy to accept new and gently used books, audiobooks, movies and magazines. If items are not selected to be added to the library collection they will be given to the Friends of the Library (FOL). The FOL will make the items available for the public in the Book Room. A nominal monetary donation is suggested for items leaving the Book Room. Please, no donations of damaged books, Reader’s Digest condensed books, textbooks or encyclopedia sets.
Can I purchase the two-volume Vital Records of Brown County, Indiana 1882-2000 Volume 1:Births and Volume 2: Deaths at the library?
Yes, you may purchase both volumes for $60 or a single volume for $35.
Where can I find public records for Brown County and the town Nashville?
For the town of Nashville, visit townofnashville.org.
For Brown County, visit doxpop.com for records from 1998-present. For anything older visit the Brown County Recorder’s office at 201 Locust Lane suite 1 or call, 812-988-5462.
When was the library built?
The new library was dedicated on January 21, 2001.