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CDPL offers library cards to transitional housing residents

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Residents living in transitional housing will be able to get a library card under a policy revived by the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

The policy, approved by the library board Thursday, allows the residents to apply for a short-term resident card, which would expire six months after the date issued.

Three items can be checked out at a time with the card, according to the policy.

“We took a look at some policies around the state and put something together we thought was fair, that would allow access but also allow us to, in certain cases, not lose tons of items because of the movement of these folks who end up in this housing but then move on to something else,” said Theresa Tyner, director of library services.

Under the policy, interested cardholders must present a current photo ID and have two options for proving their residency: presenting a postcard sent by the library or showing an official signed letter from the housing provider listing names of the residents.

If neither of those options is possible, library administrators are given the ability to work out an alternative with the residence staff.

Library foot traffic remains on the rise as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Visitor numbers are down just 7% compared to the same month last year, Tyner said. Circulation figures are getting close to pre-COVID levels, she added.

Tyner hopes to present to the board a reopening plan for the public meeting rooms next month. The Friends of the Library book sales remain on hold. The library plans to participate in Downtown Party Night on Thanksgiving weekend.

In other business, the board:

• Adopted the 2021 library budget, which includes an operating budget of more than $1.7 million.

• Thanked longtime member Lucy Brooks, who has resigned from the board. The board plans to donate materials to the library’s collection in her honor. Brooks’ successor, Jeffrey Mitchell, was appointed by the Montgomery County Council this week.

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