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The Indiana Library & Historical Board (ILHB) voted unanimously on December 11, 2009 to raise the cost of the Public Library Access Card (PLAC) from $30 to $50 effective January 1, 2010. In 2008, PLAC payments to net lending libraries amounted to a $0.20 (twenty cents) reimbursement per loan. To increase the reimbursement per transaction, the ILHB has set the new rate at $50 for calendar year 2010.
The Public Library Access Card (PLAC) is the name for the statewide library card enacted by the Indiana General Assembly in 1993 (Indiana Code 4-23-7.1-5.1). The PLAC program allows an individual to borrow materials directly from any public library in Indiana. An individual who holds a valid public library card may obtain a PLAC. The Indiana State Library collects PLAC revenue and places it in a designated fund account for the PLAC program. After the calendar year, the money plus interest is distributed back to libraries on the basis of net loans.
For more information about PLAC, visit www.library.in.gov/plac.htm.