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Face Masks are Required at Libraries

Face masks will be required for all patrons and staff of the Newton County Public Library beginning Monday, July 27th, 2020.  


Patrons 8 years of age or older must wear face masks to enter the Library.  The Libraries will have a few masks for patrons that do not have them.

According to the Mayo Clinic, face masks, combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has extended his mandate for facemask use into 2021.

The Newton County Public Library Staff and Board thank you for your understanding and support as we move forward in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

NCPL Remains in Phase 5 of COVID-19 Response


















The Newton County Public Library will remain on Phase 5 of its phased reopening plan. Lake Village, Morocco and Roselawn Libraries will be open regular hours.

“This phase of reopening does not permit groups or organizations to use our community rooms, but our study rooms are open” stated Library Director Mary K. Emmrich.

“Our step-by-step reopening plan is designed to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our patrons. I know we will all be relieved when we are able to assume full, normal operations, but we are grateful for patrons’ patience as we phase in our services.”

Other highlights to this plan include:

• Fees will be charged for copying, printing, and faxing

• No count of patrons in facilities will be monitored

• Curbside delivery will be available for those requesting it

• SRCS, Evergreen transits, and ILL services will be available for public

• Patron services available will include materials check out, holds, copies, faxes, computer use (only even-numbers computers will be available to use to allow for distancing)

People with questions about the Library’s COVID-19 response, or any Library services should contact Library Director Mary K. Emmrich at 219/992-3490, or via email at director@newton.lib.in.us

We thank you for your patience as we keep moving toward normal operations.

Register online for Evergreen Indiana Library Card

If you do not have an Evergreen Indiana Library card, and you want to use our electronic books, magazines, or downloadable audiobooks, you may register online for a card.

Staff will review your request, finalize it, and approve it. You will be mailed your Evergreen Indiana library card and Personal Identification Number (PIN) so that you may take advantage of our great selection of materials in downloadable format.

Newton County Public Library is committed to helping our communities work through this difficult time.


Newton County Public Library is proud to be an Evergreen Indiana Library - Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of more than 100 public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana that use the Evergreen ILS. Patrons of member libraries can use their Evergreen Indiana library card to view the catalogs and borrow materials from the other member libraries, and are always welcome to visit member libraries.

Coronavirus Information

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) summary of information COVID-19 is being updated constantly, and is available to you.  Please click on the attached link for further information. 


The Indiana Digital Consortium is our consortium's online presence at OverDrive. The consortium is comprised of more than 100 public libraries across Indiana that are pooling funds to purchase digital content for their patrons. If Newton County Public Library is your home library you are welcome to checkout Ebooks/audiobooks from our collection.

The Indiana Gateway for Government Units is a data collection and transparency portal supported by the State of Indiana and Indiana University and used by thousands of local government officials, academic researchers, and taxpayers. 

Gateway collects and provides access to information about how taxes and other public dollars are budgeted and spent by Indiana's local units of government.

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Online Library. INSPIRE is a collection of online academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents. INSPIRE began in January 1998 as a project of the Indiana State Library, funded by a one-time development grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Since that time, INSPIRE has been supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and through a partnerhsip with the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI).
INSPIRE includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more. 
INSPIRE is a free resource available to all Indiana residents who have Internet access. Other states may offer similar services to their own residents.

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