County library card has digital, community discounts

The library isn’t just for books.

Besides checking out traditional items like paperbacks and magazines, the Johnson County Public Library has unique digital and community offerings.

For free.

County library card holders have access to digital content, including Zinio for magazines and OneClickDigital for audiobooks.

The network also gives cardholders subscriptions to Cloud Library for e-books and Hoopla for audiobooks, e-books, music, movies, TV shows, comics and more.

Sarah Taylor, who manages the Franklin branch, said the purpose of the digital library is to give cardholders more offerings anywhere, anytime.

Most of what’s found on the apps can’t be found at the Hamilton Library for Franklin College students.

“A lot of what you get with these apps are more for entertainment purposes,” Taylor said. “If you’re looking for the latest bestsellers or if you want to listen to a new CD that just came out, you can stream it right from your device without having to purchase it or any other subscriptions.”

Taylor said that if school is anything like when she was in college, students are on a budget.

“You only have a certain amount to work with,” she said. “With your library card, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on books or anything like that.”

The Franklin branch—located at 401 State St., a five-minute walk from the Johnson Center of Fine Arts—also does interlibrary loans.

“So if there’s something you really wanted to read, we could find it for you,” Taylor said.

To figure out how much you’d be saving with a library card, visit for a calculator.

In addition to browsing thousands of items online, library card holders can check out family passes to get into Indiana State Parks or the Indiana State Museum.

The passes are good for a week before having to be returned.

This September was also the first year for the Johnson County library system’s “Play Your Card Right” program. The program was for Library Card Sign Up Month and gave cardholders discounts at area businesses just for flashing their cards.

Although most of the discounts ended in September, some discounts are available until the end of the year on Dec. 31, 2016:

  •  Hops and Fire. 1259 N. State Rd. 135, Greenwood. Free dessert with purchase of an entree.
  •  Nails by Whitney at Walt’s Barber Shop. 105 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood. 10 percent off nail services.
  • Nora’s Knotty Pine Grill. 524 E. Old Plank Rd., Bargersville. 10 percent off cardholder’s order.
  • Pizza King. 520 State Road N. 135, Suite S, Greenwood. Free drink with purchase of entree.
  • Selective Seconds. 1140 N. State Road 135, Greenwood. $5 off $25 purchase.
  • Silver Fern Day Spa. 2555 Fairview Place, Greenwood. 20 percent off a regular-priced massage.

There are two ways for Franklin College faculty, staff and students to get a Johnson County library card.

The first option is to walk into the Franklin branch with a photo ID with a Johnson County address.

If the address is not in Johnson County, the individual has to have some piece of mail with their school address to confirm their residence at Franklin College.

The second option is to apply online at by clicking “get a library card” under the “visit the library” tab.

Once the online application is done, individuals can pick up the card at the branch with photo identification (like a college ID) and a proof of address.

You can also have the card mailed, which doesn’t require identification or proof of address.

Taylor said library cards given to Franklin College students expire every year. Students must go into the library each year and confirm they are still attending.

“I would love to have the students in more often,” Taylor said. “And letting us know if there are certain events or things they would like to have at the library and build up that relationship.”

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations. When she isn't staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible. This is Ashley's third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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