Hamilton County, Indiana is home to six public libraries, each offering a unique set of services and resources to its residents. With a population of 309,687 people spread across 395 square miles, there is a library for every 51,614 people and one for every 65 square miles. The Carmel Clay Public Library, Hamilton North Public Library, Hamilton East Public Library, Sheridan Public Library, and Westfield Washington Public Library are all located in Hamilton County. Each library offers a variety of services and resources to its patrons, including books, periodicals, electronic databases, and other sources of information.
Residents of Hamilton County can obtain a free borrower card from the Hamilton North Public Library (HNPL). To do so, they must present a valid photo ID and proof of residence or property ownership in Adams, Clay, Jackson or Washington Townships. Those who live in the municipalities of Delaware, Fall Creek, Noblesville or Wayne must present a valid photo ID and a document issued within the last 60 days that verifies their address to the service desk of the Fishers Library or the Noblesville Library. Children must have their application signed by a parent before they are allowed to borrow material.
Once their cards have been issued, they can pick up items from the circulation desks of both library branches. Residents of Jackson Township in Hamilton County can obtain a free borrower card from the Hamilton North Public Library (HNPL). Those who live outside of Hamilton County but within Indiana can obtain library service by presenting an Indiana Public Library Access Card (PLAC) and the public library card issued to them by their local public library. Unfortunately, those who live in White River Township in Hamilton County do not have access to any public library services as no library services agreement has been signed with a neighboring public library.