A New Partnership: Miami County and Peru Public Library Announce Pilot Program

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Notice: We have run out of funds for this program, so there are no more “free” (subsidized) library cards available! We apologize for the inconvenience. If you missed getting a card, but would like to make the county officials aware of your interest, you may contact them directly! In addition, we are collecting a list of names at the library (in the computer room) of those who were interested but missed  out.

Program begins on Monday, March 19th, 2018.

Peru, IN (3/13/18)- Following the approval of the Peru Public Library Board, the Miami County Commissioners, and the Miami County Council a new pilot program will provide up to $75,000 of funding from Miami County CEDIT Funds to the Peru Library for county residents living outside of the Peru Library Taxing District to obtain individual non-resident library cards on a first come first serve basis. These cards entitle the holder full access to all library services. The county will pay the $75 per card fee which is what county residents, who do not pay for library services on their property tax bills, must pay to receive an individual library card.

County residents who wish to obtain a library card can visit the Peru Public Library. Adults must fill out an application, show documentation that they are a current resident of Miami County and show a Driver’s License or State Issued ID with matching address. The resident must also be in good standing with the library. A parent or guardian must accompany all children’s getting cards and have meet the above qualifications. All cards will be issued under adopted library circulation policies.

“This pilot program is an exciting step and we are excited about the new partnership with the Library. We’ll meet again later this year to review the data we collect, see where we are, and then work together to negotiate a longer-term agreement that provides library services to county residents,” said Miami County Council President Ethan Manning.

Peru Library Board President, Anna Jo McKaig stated, “The Peru Library Board of Trustees and the Library Staff welcome the return of our county patrons to our newly remodeled facility and are eagerly anticipating the opportunity of providing our programs and services to more Miami County families. Hopefully, this pilot program will lead to the institution of a more permanent and stable solution for the future.”