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About the Library

The Bourbon Public Library is located at 307 North Main Street in Bourbon, Indiana. We've been serving the town of Bourbon and surrounding rural areas since 1940. For more information about the library, please feel free to contact us.

Hours of Operation

Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Mission Statement

The Bourbon Public Library strives to provide open and equal access to resources and services which meet the educational, informational, and cultural needs of the community.

Circulation Policies


* Memorial Day Weekend                  * Thanksgiving Eve Day at 5:00pm, Thanksgiving Day
* Independence Day                                   * Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day
* Bourbon Summer Fest (Saturday)   * New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day
* Labor Day Weekend                       

Patrons ages 5-17 years old are eligible for a library card if a parent or guardian signs the required registration form.  Any children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian while in the library.

All patrons must have a current library card and present them at the time of checkout.  This is to ensure that materials are checked in and out on the correct account, to protect individual borrowers, and to ensure that library records are up to date.  Persons applying for a library card must have one of the following:

  • Valid Indiana driver’s license with current address.
  • Valid State of Indiana ID with current address.
  • Indiana Driver’s Learner Permit with current address.
  • School ID (for junior high or high school students).

                        - OR -

If the above forms of ID are unavailable, the patron may present one (1) item from each list below:

            LIST 1                                                 and                  LIST 2 (with current address)

            Alien ID card                                                              Bank statement or personal check
            Birth Certificate                                                          Utility bill       
            Food stamp identification                                           Credit card bill
            Immigration paperwork                                              Lease receipt
            Medicare/Medicaid card                                             Paycheck stub
            Passport                                                                     Property Tax                                                     Social Security card                                                    Rent receipt
            Voter Registration card
            Workplace picture ID


If requesting a Reciprocal card, the patron’s library card from their home library will need to be presented in addition to having their account verified as in good standing with their home library. 

Once the appropriate identification has been shown and accepted, a library card application will be presented for completion.  The signature on this application indicates that the library cardholder accepts all library policies and procedures and assumes responsibility for all fines and replacements of lost or damaged materials. 

Patrons may apply for one of the following applicable types of library cards:

            Resident – Student
            Resident – School Employee
            Non-Resident (including Etna and Tippecanoe Townships)
            Non-Resident – Student
            Non-Resident – School Employee

            Public Library Access Card (PLAC Card)           

*Library cards will only be renewed if the account is clear of fines. Replacement cards costs $2.00.

Residents of Bourbon Town and Township in Marshall County who are age 18 and over are eligible for a Resident card.  Property and/or business owners in Bourbon or Bourbon Township, who live elsewhere, are also eligible to apply for a library card by presenting proof of local property and/or business ownership in conjunction with any other identification required by the library to obtain a library card. 

Resident - Student
The parent or legal guardian of a minor (under age 18) must sign the application at the library before a card is given to the minor.  In addition to agreeing to adhere to all library policies and procedures, the signature of the parent or legal guardian designates that they will accept ultimate responsibility for any fines or replacement of lost or damaged materials charged to the student’s library card. 

Resident – School Employee
Employees of Triton School Corporation are eligible for a Resident School Employee card.  In addition to agreeing to adhere to all library policies and procedures, the signature of the patron indicates acceptance of responsibility for any fines or replacement of lost or damaged materials. 

Persons that do not live in an Indiana public library district and do not have a library card at an Indiana public library may purchase a non-resident library card if they choose.  The cost of the library card is set yearly according to operating cost per capita and is good for one year from the date of purchase.  Etna and Tippecanoe Townships currently contract with BPL to purchase a set number of household cards for their residents.  These are issued on a first-come first-served basis and are valid from the date the trustee purchases them in January.

Non-Resident - Student
Students of the Triton School Corporation or Bourbon Christian School are eligible for a NR Student card.  The parent or legal guardian of the student must sign the application at the library before it is given to the student.    In addition to agreeing to adhere to all library policies and procedures, the signature of the parent or legal guardian designates that they will accept ultimate responsibility for any fines or replacement of lost or damaged materials charged to the student’s library card. 

Non-Resident - School Employee
Employees of Triton School Corporation who reside outside of the library district are eligible for a NR School Employee card.  In addition to agreeing to adhere to all library policies and procedures, the signature of the patron indicates acceptance of responsibility for any fines or replacement of lost or damaged materials. 


BPL is reciprocal with Plymouth Public Library in Marshall, County, Indiana.  The applicant’s library card from Plymouth Public Library must be shown, along with other applicable identification in order to obtain the reciprocal card.  The applicant must also be in good standing (i.e. non-excessive overdue materials and/or fines) at their home library.

Public Library Access Card (PLAC Card)
The Public Library Access Card (PLAC card) allows the holder to borrow materials from any public library in Indiana.  It can be issued to any state resident who has a public library card from an Indiana public library and is in good standing (i.e. non-excessive overdue materials and/or fines) at that library.  This card may be purchased for an annual fee that is determined by the Indiana State Library.  PLAC cards are valid for one year from the date of purchase.  Materials borrowed with a PLAC card should be returned to the library from which the patron made the request and received the book.

Most materials check out for three (3) weeks with up to three (3) renewals of another three (3) weeks each if there are no holds on the items.  The exceptions are DVDs, which check out for 3 days with no renewal. Items that have a hold on them will not be renewed.  Patrons must be eighteen (18) or older to check out DVDs.

(DVD Use Restrictions: BPL is not responsible for patron violation of the copyright law. DVDs are protected by the Federal Copyright Law and are restricted to HOME USE ONLY unless otherwise specified. DVDs MAY NOT BE TELEVISED, SHOWN WHERE ADMISSION IS CHARGED OR DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED, AND CANNOT BE DUPLICATED, COPIED AND/OR TRANSFERRED TO FILM OR DISC.)

Materials put in the drop box after the library closes will be checked in the next business day, but dated for the previous day.  There is a drop box for books on the east/Main Street side of the building, and one for books and movies on the west/alley side of the building. Telephone renewals must be called in during posted library operating hours.

The signed card holder (or the parent or legal guardian of a patron under the age of 18) is responsible for anything charged to the library card.  Thus, patrons should report a lost or stolen library card immediately so that the card may be deactivated to protect the account and no further check outs will be allowed on that card. 

Patrons must present their library card in order to check out materials from the library for their own account security.  Lost cards may be replaced at a cost of $2.00.  The previous card will be deactivated.  However, any checkouts, fines, and other information will be transferred from the old card to the new card.

There is a charge of $.10 per day per item for all items, except movies, which are $1.00 per day.  The maximum fine will not exceed the replacement cost of the item/s. Checkout privileges are suspended when an individual card shows $10.00 or more in outstanding fines. 

Patrons with materials overdue by more than one (1) week will be notified via US mail after a report is run on the first of each month.  After two (2) letters have been sent, the items will be marked on the patron’s account as missing and the patron will be responsible for a replacement and processing fee if the items are not returned. 

If the patron fails to respond within two (2) months of the due date, a notice will be sent to the patron in the form of a certified or registered letter as pursuant to I.C. 35-43-4-3.5.  The letter will include a list of borrowed materials, the original due date, their value, processing fees ($2.00 each item), and all postage used to notify the patron of the overdue materials.  If there is no response within fourteen (14) days of receipt of notice, the Director will then refer the matter to the county prosecutor’s office for appropriate action.

Materials may be returned at the library circulation desk.  Materials may also be returned in the appropriate drop boxes on the east or west side of the building.  All materials deposited in the drop box after hours will be processed the next business day, but backdated one business day. 

Lost materials, or materials damaged beyond reasonable repair, will be charged to the patron at the replacement cost to the library, a per item processing fee of $2.00 plus all postage costs already incurred by the library.  If the library’s original purchase cost cannot be determined, it will be estimated. The library reserves the right to assess fines for the repair cost of materials that can be repaired.

A hold may be placed on items that are currently checked out or otherwise temporarily unavailable for immediate check out.  When the item does become available, a person with the first hold will be notified and given the opportunity to pick up the item within 7 days of receiving notification.  If the item is not picked up within 7 days, the item may be returned to the shelf, or, if there are other holds on the item, the next person on the list may be notified and given the opportunity to pick up the item. 

BPL welcomes patron requests and suggestions of materials.  Written requests may be submitted to a staff member for the library to obtain.  The library reserves the right to determine how, or if, an item will be acquired. 

Books published more than six months before the request may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan (we will borrow from another library if possible).  A patron’s account must be current and not have outstanding fines.  ILL may also be used for other types of requests, including requests for multiple items on a certain subject.  We receive shipment once a week, so we cannot guarantee when a request will be filled.  ILL items must be returned to BPL and we will ship them back to the lending library.

The due date for an ILL item is determined by the lending library.  Patrons must contact BPL one week before the due date if they wish to try and renew any ILL materials.  The acceptance of the renewal request depends solely on the lending library and not all libraries will renew items.  If the item cannot be renewed, the patron is welcome to request the item again once returned to the library.

Occasionally, patrons will request to buy books for themselves through the library.  Unfortunately, we are unable to do this for the general public.  We will, however, consider obtaining the item for the library collection.

Occasionally, a patron may be assessed a fine and/or have borrowing privileges restricted for items the patron claims were returned, were not checked out at all, or were not damaged while in their possession.  For each instance, the library will place a waiver claim as a “NOTE” on the patron’s record (ie: “Waiver 1/3/13 hb”).  For each waiver approved, all fines pertaining to that waiver will be waived and any items pertaining to the waiver claim that are attributed as being checked out to a patron will be removed from the patrons record.  Each waiver claim will be noted in the patron’s record.  Each patron is allowed two lifetime waiver claims; after that, additional claims will not be granted and the patron will be responsible for assessed fines.

Triton School Corporation may be served in the way most beneficial to its needs.  This service will be determined by the school administrator(s) and the Library Director.  Organized groups may borrow materials in the same way as individuals at the Library Director’s discretion.

Internet Policies

The Library Board and management have the right to set, change, and enforce rules and regulations concerning the use of the Bourbon Public Library Internet, computers, and systems.

Patrons under the age of 18 and their parent or guardian agree to abide by this policy by signing their library card application along with their parent or guardian. 

USER AGREEMENT - ALL users agree to the following:

  1. Not to upload, transmit and/or distribute personal, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials [and/or language].
  2. Not to violate any local, state, federal statue and law.
  3. Not to vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization.
  4.  Not to hack, access, or alter software programs of the Internet or the library and any of its equipment.
  5. Not to violate the copyright, registered, or otherwise use the Intellectual property of another individual or organization without their expressed permission.
  6. Not to misrepresent oneself, the Bourbon Public Library, or the Internet carrier.


The Bourbon Public Library and the Internet carrier make no warranties, expressed or implied, that functions or contents of the system will meet any user’s specific requirements, or that it will be error-free or trouble-free current or uninterrupted: nor shall the Bourbon Public Library be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including loss of data, information or income) sustained or incurred in connection with  the use, operation, or inability to use the system.

In consideration for the privilege of using the internet carrier and for having access to the information contained on the system, users hereby release and hold harmless the Bourbon Public Library, the operators of the Internet carrier and any institution with which they are affiliated from any and all claims of any nature arising from the use, or inability to use the internet system.  The Bourbon Public Library is not responsible for debt incurred on the Internet.


Users whose conduct with a computer resource on the internet violates federal, state or local laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  Evidence of illegal activity will be reported to the proper authorities. Bourbon Public Library will cooperate with the authorities in the investigations of illegal activities.

Bourbon Public Library reserves the right to inspect and/or observe the use of its equipment and resources for purposes of enforcement of these policies and will remove any material stored in files to which all  computer resources or Internet users have access which in its opinion, does not comply with this document.  Any or all rights to access to Internet computers may be suspended or revoked by the Bourbon Public Library staff at any time, without prior notice or hearing, for abusive conduct of violation of the conditions of use set forth in this document. Reinstatement of those rights is at the discretion of the Library Director.                                                    


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