The Batesville Memorial Public Library is "going Evergreen," according to director Mike Kruse. Evergreen Indiana is an open-source integrated library system. It will help customers find materials and help libraries manage, catalog and circulate those materials. “In order to make sure Evergreen is installed and working properly, the library will be closed all day Wednesday, Sept. 22, and will reopen at noon Thursday, Sept. 23,” he reveals. Current BMPL card holders will need to come to the library to get their new Evergreen borrower cards, at no charge, any time after the library reopens Sept. 23. The director reveals some of the expected changes: • “Overdue fines will be 25 cents per day on all items at all EI libraries. For our customers, this will be an increase for some items, such as books, and a decrease for others, such as DVDs. • “You'll be able to borrow most materials from other EI libraries. Nearby EI libraries include those in Greensburg, Brookville, Versailles, North Vernon and Seymour. More libraries will join soon. • “When you come to the library to get your new Evergreen Indiana card, you will need to provide a picture ID with your current address. Customers under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or legal guardian present to get their new EI card. Every EI card holder will also be issued a personal identification number for accessing their account information online.” Costs for the EI installation and system maintenance are funded by the Indiana State Library through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act.

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