General Policy Statement

(Reviewed and amended 1/22/02, reviewed 1/20/03, amended 1/19/04, 1/17/05, 1/16/06, 1/15/07, 1/21/08, 5/19/08, reviewed 1/19/09, 1/18/10, amended 1/17/11, reviewed 1/16/12, 1/21/13, amended 1/20/14, 1/19/15, 1/18/16, 1/16/17, reviewed 1/15/18, 1/21/19, amended 1/20/20)


The Delphi Public Library fosters a love of reading, learning, and the arts; supports businesses and encourages entrepreneurs; serves as a hub for information and connection; and serves as a leader in efforts to facilitate diversity and inclusion.


The Delphi Public Library exists to provide library service to its community. It offers access to information to people of all ages and of every occupation. The library purchases and maintains books, magazines, videos, audiobooks, and other library materials helpful for self-directed learning and for recreation, and will sponsor programs, classes, and other activities to further carry out its role.



Delphi Public Library
Winter hours:

Monday through Thursday:9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: closed

Summer hours:

Monday through Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: closed

Northwest Carroll Branch Library

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday: closed

Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday: closed


The library will be closed on New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve Day.



It is the policy of the Board to serve the residents of the city of Delphi, and the Townships of Jefferson, Adams, Rock Creek, and Deer Creek.

Non-residents may choose to pay an annual fee for service. The fee is set each year by the Library Board. In accordance with IC 36-12-2-25(c), the minimum fee that the board may set is the greater of (1) the library district's operating fund expenditure per capita in the most recent year for which that information is available, or (2) $25.00.



The Delphi Public Library Board signed the Statewide Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant on May 27, 1981, extending reciprocal borrowing privileges to resident borrowers of those libraries in the state that have also signed the Covenant. Borrowers must register in their own library districts to receive services under the reciprocal agreements. The borrower should bring his library card from his own district, showing him in good standing. A borrower has the right to charge any library materials covered under the agreements. A borrower should always return materials to the library from which they were borrowed. Borrowers will be governed by the rules of the library they use. Reciprocal Borrowing privileges are not extended to library patrons who are served under a contractual agreement or who purchase a card.



Fees will be charged for the use of equipment to cover operational costs.


Copy Machine or Computer Printer:

  • $0.10 per B&W page 

  • $0.15 per two-sided B&W page 

  • $0.50 per color page 

  • $0.95 per two-sided color page

Microfilm Reader:

  • $0.10 per page

Fax Machine:

  • $1.00 per page to send 

  • $0.10 per page to receive

In accordance with IC 5-14-3-8, in response to requests for copies of public records held by the library and not excepted from disclosure, a fee of $.10 per page will be charged.


The library building is available for meetings for the public. Meetings not related to the activity of the library must not interfere with public access to the library or to the collection. For more information on using the Gerber Globe-Valve Program Room for meetings, refer to the Gerber Globe-Valve Program Room policy.



The Library Board shall govern and set policy for all the affairs of the library. A major responsibility of the Board is the control, management, and care of all library property, both real and personal. The director is expected to obtain permission from the Board when making any purchase of furnishings or equipment that is outside the annually budgeted amounts for those types of purchases or that is to be purchased with funds other than operating funds. No changes or improvements shall be made to the building without the Board's approval.

Library Law dictates the appointment of board members. When a vacancy occurs on the board may submit one name for consideration by the appointing authority.

Each year, the Board shall purchase a comprehensive Directors and Officers Liability Insurance policy to protect the directors, officers, trustees, employees and volunteers of the library for the decisions made every day concerning the library. The policy should include employment practices liability coverage to help protect the organization from damages arising from claims of harassment, discrimination, and unfair hiring practices. This insurance policy shall be reviewed each year to ensure adequate coverage.