Library News

Holiday Closings

The library will be closed for the holidays

The Aurora and Dillsboro Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, December 25th for Christmas Day and Monday, January 1st for New Year’s Day.

If you would like to return items on this day, please place items in the return boxes out in front of each library. We will check them in according to the last day we were open.

If you would like to renew items, please visit the Aurora or Dillsboro Library and speak to a librarian or call us at 812-926-0646 during our business hours before the holiday on Saturday. You can always renew online using your online account at Just use the number on the back of your library card and the PIN you have set up on your account.

As a reminder, the Aurora Public Library District has recently gone fine-free and will not charge fines for overdue materials.

We hope you have a happy and restful holiday season and we can’t wait to see you in the New Year!

APLD Holiday Events

Celebrate the Holidays with the library

Happy Holidays from your hometown library, the Aurora Public Library District! Looking for something fun to add to your holiday calendar? There will be a little of the library sprinkled in these special occasions across Southern Dearborn County, thanks to the Aurora Public Library District Foundation! Check it out!

On Saturday, December 2nd, visit the Moores Hill Winter Walk in downtown Moores Hill, where a special guest may be in attendance! Who could it be? Do I hear jingle bells and the hooves of reindeer? I bet he may have a fun treat for good girls and boys (and teenagers too!), courtesy of APLD! For more information, follow the Moores Hill Indiana Winter Walk Facebook page.

Visit us on Saturday, December 2nd at Dillsboro’s yearly holiday festival, the Dillsboro Hometown Christmas, on the Dillsboro lawn to enter in a raffle prize, including a Reindeer Ridge visit, courtesy of APLD! For more information, follow the Dillsboro Main Street Facebook page.

Looking for some more holiday fun? Visit the LIVE reindeer and other cool animals from Silly Safaris from 1-4 pm on December 3rd and 17th at the Lions Club in Downtown Aurora, brought to you courtesy of APLD! For more information, follow the Aurora Main Street Facebook page.

We can’t wait to see you there!

CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

All library branches will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th.

During this time, all materials you wish to return must be placed in the drop boxes on front of the Aurora Public Library on the lower level or on the front of the Dillsboro Public Library building. All library books returned during our closed period will be checked into the library according to the date we were last open, Wednesday, November 22nd.

If you would like to renew any items, you may do so by renewing them on our website by logging in with your library card and pin, or calling the library for a renewal on Wednesday, November 22nd or Saturday, November 25th during business hours. As a courtesy reminder, the library district no longer charges late fees.

If you have any questions about this closure, please call the library at 812-926-0646 or visit one of our branches during business hours.

Have a safe holiday!

Not Accepting Interlibrary Loan Requests

Temporarily Suspended Interlibrary Loan Requests

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the Aurora Public Library District’s control, we are no longer able to accept Interlibrary Loan requests for the time being.

The Indiana State Library’s courier service, which manages all Interlibrary Loan pick-ups and deliveries across the state, have been experiencing significant delays and backlogs since the ISL decided to switch courier services at the end of this summer. The ISL made the decision to switch back to the original courier service in September after the new courier service failed to meet expectations and demand. During these transitions, the ISL suspended the online service that libraries use for lending materials in between districts several times, and has done so again starting today. For these reasons, the current ISL courier service has not made regular stops at many libraries across the state, including the Aurora Public Library District, since August of this year. For more information about this decision, you may contact the Indiana State Library through email at

In light of this current situation, the Aurora Public Library District has also made the decision to temporarily suspend Interlibrary Loan requests until the library district has received at least one week of normal deliveries. We have chosen to make this difficult decision due to our inability to ensure a swift and hassle-free Interlibrary Loan process for you, our patrons. Unfortunately, we do not have an estimate for when this service may resume, as it depends entirely on the actions of the ISL and their current courier. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We understand how important this service is to so many of our patrons, and we assure you, we are doing everything we can to guarantee the best library services within our means.

During this time, we would like to remind you that if we are unable to find a resource for you, there are other options for locating this resource. We offer FREE access to online eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines through our digital reading app, Libby. You can download this app on your mobile device and read from anywhere. All you need is your library card and the four-digit pin you set when getting your card. If you do not have a pin set up yet, we are happy to get one set up for you! All you need to do is call us 812-926-0646 or visit any of our branches and speak to a librarian. We also offer a FREE online streaming platform called Kanopy, where you can watch thousands of excellent films on any Smart television or mobile device. Kanopy also features Kanopy Kids, where you can watch popular children’s books read-alongs and check out educational shows perfect for all your little ones. You also need your library card and a pin to access this resource.

We also have reciprocal borrowing privileges with many other library districts in the region. If you are unable to find what you are looking for at APLD, you can get a library card FOR FREE at the Lawrenceburg Public Library District, the Osgood and Milan Public Libraries, the Ohio County Public Library, the Switzerland County Public Library, the Jefferson County Public Library, the Jennings County Public Library, and the Rushville Public Library, as well as many others in the state. You must have your APLD library card to sign up for another library’s membership. Always call the library ahead to make sure you have all the other required materials to sign up for their card. Have a specific library in mind where you would like to get a card? Check the full list of Reciprocal Libraries here.

If you have any further questions or concerns about the library decision, please call us at 812-926-0646 or email us at Again, we apologize for this inconvenience and want to help in any way we can. We will inform you as soon as we know service has resumed to normal.

Thank You!


the library is going fine free in september

Wait a minute… is that right? You bet it is! The Aurora Public Library District is officially going FINE-FREE starting September 1st! The library will no longer charge late fines for items checked out from the library and will wipe all late fines from all existing accounts. Be advised the new fine-free policy does not include lost or damaged charges, which will still be applied to accounts when required. Please read the full policy below for further details. If you still have questions or would like to check the status of your account, please visit the library to speak to a librarian or call us at 812-926-0646.

Fine-free Guidelines

All Aurora Public Library District-owned materials will no longer generate overdue fines. This includes DVDs, audiobooks, and Library of Things.

Fee Guidelines

· Fees for lost materials

· Materials that are 4 months overdue from the original due date are declared “LOST” and the patron will be billed for the item.

· The patron is required to pay the replacement cost If a lost item is returned, the replacement cost and processing fee will be removed from the account.

· If a patron locates a lost item after paying for it, a refund will not be issued for the replacement cost.

· Fees for damaged materials

· Patrons will be charged for items that are returned damaged and declared unsuitable for the collection.

· The patron is required to pay the replacement cost and associated $4.00 processing fee(s) for the damaged item(s).


· Patron is responsible for charges for lost or damaged materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan from other public libraries for the amount charged to APLD.

· A fee of one dollar will be charged for a replacement library card after the first free replacement

Patron Responsibilities

· Patrons who accrued overdue fines with the Aurora Public Library District before we went fine-free are no longer required to pay those overdue fines.

· Patrons will no longer accrue a daily overdue fine on late materials. Patrons are still responsible for all borrowed library materials and are encouraged to return all items in a timely manner.

· Past replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, replacement library cards and collection agency fees still apply. Patrons will still be responsible to pay total replacement cost per Indiana State Board of Accounts.

· After an item is marked lost, patron will lose lending privileges until the item is returned or the lost material charges have been satisfied.


· Patron may replace a lost or missing item with one in “like new” condition with a similar binding as the one borrowed from APLD.

· Lost materials charges will not limit the patron’s ability to use APLD facility computers.

Approved by the Aurora Public Library District Board on July 24, 2023.

Dollar-a-Bag RETURNS!

The book sale returns in September

The Dollar-A-Bag Book Sale is officially set to be back at the Dillsboro Public Library in September!

The Book Sale will be open to teachers only from September 9th-15th during library hours (10 am-6 pm M-F, 10 am-3 pm Sat.). Please bring your teacher ID or educator library card with you to access the book sale. The following week, the Book Sale will be open to the general public from September 16th-23rd during library hours.

The Book Sale will be set up in the basement of the Dillsboro Public Library. Please bring your own bags to fill. Each bag will be $1.

Any questions? Please call 812-954-4151 or come to the library to speak to a librarian today.

Newspapers Are Now Digitized!

newspapers digitizedBIG NEWS from our Local History Library @ The Depot… Literally!
All of our microfilm newsreels are now DIGITAL! You can now look through 184 years of local history as it was written in the news all those years ago. We now have digital access to the following titles:
  • Indiana Signal
  • Dearborn Democrat
  • Democratic Register
  • Indiana Whig
  • Western Republican
  • Independent Banner
  • Western Commercial
  • Aurora Standard
  • Aurora News
  • Aurora Commerical
  • Peoples Advocate
  • Saturday Bulletin
  • Dearborn Independent
  • Saturday News
  • Aurora Spectator
  • Aurora Bulletin
  • Aurora Journal
  • Aurora Journal-Bulletin
  • The Lawrenceburg Press
  • The Journal Press
  • The Dearborn County Register
See something you want to keep while scrolling through history? You can use the clipping feature to save an article or picture.
This entire service is completely free to all Aurora Public Library District patrons! For the first three years of this service, patrons can only access newsreels on our database in a library building when connected to the library’s wifi, but after the copyright embargo is lifted, all newsreels we have scanned will be available on any internet-capable device anywhere in the world! If you already have a paid subscription, you can access them right now anywhere for free! The Aurora Public Library District would like to thank for their assistance in this project and their generosity in helping to make this service free to our patrons.
Check out the site today on any internet-capable device in the Dillsboro, Aurora, or Local History Library in the Old Train Depot! Visit to get started.
Looking for local history outside the news? The Local History Library @ The Depot is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 pm-8 pm and Wednesdays 2 pm-6 pm. Come see us on the third Saturday of each month 10 am-3 pm too.

We’re at PRIDE!

Celebrate Pride and be out and proud with the Aurora Public Library District!

Come see us at the Lawrenceburg Pride Festival on Sunday, June 11th anytime from 1 to 7 pm at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds! We’ll be passing out information and book recommendations as well as giving away FREE books and stickers while supplies last! We hope to see you there!