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Preparing your income taxes may never be fun, but we hope the resources available at the Elkhart Public Library will help to make it a bit less stressful.
EPL Online Tax Information links
1040.com (IRS forms, instructions and publications)
Local IRS offices and contact information
Indiana forms and publications
Indiana district offices contact information
VITA Tax Prep/Filing Appointments
Forms & Publications
The Elkhart Public Library will continue to make paper tax forms available – to the extent that the IRS and the Indiana Dept. of Revenue make them available to us. As both organizations continue to promote online filing, they send fewer forms every year. The IRS has supplied us with a limited selection of federal forms, including a relatively small supply of 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms. Unfortunately, they are not sending the booklets this year.
If we do not have the paper forms you need, they can be accessed at any EPL location, and printed for 15¢ a page. The Main Library has a tax form print station located near the Information Desk. Forms & publications can also be accessed on other computers in the Main Library and at all of the branches.
We have many “paper-and-ink” resources, too! Check our Reference and Nonfiction collections for books covering a wide variety of tax-related topics. J.K. LASSER’S YOUR INCOME TAXES is available at all EPL Locations. It is a comprehensive and comprehensible guide to tax preparation.
Volunteers from United Way’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will have scheduled hours at the Main Library to assist in free tax preparation and e-filing.
- Mondays • 12:00-5:30 pm • January 26 – April 6
- Wednesdays • 2:00-7:30 pm • January 21 – April 8
- Saturdays • 9:30 am-12:30 pm • January 24 – April 11
Appointments are booked through United Way. You can schedule an appointment by calling 211 or online at United Way’s VITA web page: uwsjc.org/vita. The site can be accessed under Featured Links on the EPL website. The site is accessible from any Online Resource or Library catalog computer at any EPL location. No card needed.
Other Volunteer Assistance
Volunteers from AARP will be available at the Elkhart Youth and Community Center (formerly the YMCA). To make a reservation call the EYCC at 574-389-7878.
This year’s filing deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Did you know you can check out Art Prints from the Elkhart Public Library? AND you can browse our collection on Flickr. The description for each Flickr image includes title, artist and size, as well as a link to its EPL Public Access Catalog (PAC) listing. Each PAC listing includes a link to its corresponding Flickr image. Art prints are available at the Main Library and the Dunlap Branch, but can be transferred to other EPL locations for pickup.
To see a gallery of EPL Art Prints on Flickr, go to tinyurl.com/EPL-ArtPrints.
Click on any image in the gallery for an individual view of that print.
Each image will include title, artist, size, and a link to its PAC listing.
PAC (Public Access Catalog)
If you are searching the PAC for a specific print, and you know the title or artist, simply search the same way you would for books, movies, etc.
To browse the Art Print collection in the PAC:
- In Limit by, click on the triangle at the right end of the box.
- Select “Art Prints” from the drop-down menu.
- An asterisk (*) will appear in the Keyword search box.
- Click the Go! button.
To link to an image from the catalog listing:
- Select the “View the picture here.”
- This will open a new window containing an image of the print.
Art Print check-out information:
- Loan period: 6 weeks
- Limit of 4 per cardholder
- May be placed on hold
- May be renewed one time
- May be checked out by cardholders age 12 and older
We’re coming out from behind the desk to better serve you!
Our Reference and Computer Services staff members are wandering about the Main Library to assist you in locating and using Library resources. On weekdays, during the Library’s busiest times (M-F, 11:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00), a roving librarian will move between the 1st and 2nd floors, offering assistance wherever needed. Roving Reference librarians encourage you to approach them with any questions you may have. Look for the person in the navy blue vest, carrying an iPad. We’re here to help!
Roving Reference is an innovative way to assist people at their point of need — wherever that may be in the Library — and expand the personalized service patrons are accustomed to receiving at the Elkhart Public Library.
Homework Assistance at All EPL Locations
Homework Assistance is available to all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. National Honor Society students from Elkhart Central and Memorial High Schools will be on hand to help in many different subjects, and on a first come, first served basis.
Students should bring their assignments, as well as needed materials and supplies.
Times and Locations:
- Main Library – Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m.
- Cleveland Branch Library – Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Dunlap Branch – Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Osolo Branch Library – Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Pierre Moran Branch Library – Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
Homework Assistance is offered from September through early May. For more information, feel free to give us a call.
EPL Links and Online Resources
- Kid Links
- Go to myEPL.org/kids
- Hover your cursor over Research & Homework on the purple bar
- Select Links from the drop-down menu
- Teen Links
- Go to myEPL.org/teen
- Hover your cursor over Research & Homework on the blue bar
- Select Links from the drop-down menu
- OR select from the quick links list on the right side of the page
- Online Resources (EPL cardholders)
For more information, or assistance in using the EPL website, call 522-KNOW (522-5669)