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
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 and booklets 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 and booklets every year.
If we do not have the paper forms you need, they may be accessed on the Library catalog and Online Resource computers at all of our locations, and printed for 15¢ a page. If you need assistance, please check at the nearest service desk.
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.
Appointments are booked through United Way. Call 211 or 877-502-0700 to schedule an appointment or go to the VITA website (booknow.appointment-plus.com/3vs2te0e). The site is also under Featured Links at myepl.org, accessible from any Online Resource or Library catalog computer at any EPL location — no library card needed.
- Mondays • 12:00-5:30 pm • January 25 – April 11
- Wednesdays • 2:00-7:00 pm • January 27 – April 13
From the VITA sign-up page:
Please be respectful. One appointment per individual, couple or family please. If married filing separately, you may make an appointment for each spouse.
- To see a list of tax sites or description of services, please use the links on the menu bar above.
- To qualify for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA):
- Your household income must be $60,000 or LESS and you must be a full year resident of Indiana.
- Your return CANNOT include any rental income, farm income, adoption credits or small business income.
- If you have any of the following items, please contact United Way at (574) 232-2350 for clarification before your appointment so we can better serve you:
- Military income
- Foreign income
- Self-employment income requiring a Schedule C under $10,000** (limited expenses only and no losses)
- Complicated or Advanced Schedule D (Capital Gains and Losses)
Other restrictions may apply. Please call 2-1-1 or (574) 232-2350 for additional information.
This year’s filing deadline is Monday, April 18
This is not a typo. The regular tax return filing deadline is April 15. However, due to the Washington D.C. Emancipation Day holiday being observed on April 15 instead of April 16, 2016, Tax Day is on the following Monday.
If you have recently visited our Main Library, you have seen the temporary wall in the middle of the first floor. Construction has begun on the new Circulation Desk and staff work space, which will be relocated to the east wall. The restrooms are also being renovated to meet ADA standards. Circulation is being moved to make room for a larger, ADA compliant elevator, as well as to create a more open, welcoming entrance area. The Information Desk will also be moved to a more convenient location. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we plan to remain open during construction.
In addition to the new elevator and first-floor improvements, updates will be made to other areas of the building.
- Redesign entrances and widen passageways to meet building code for all public spaces
- Add two smaller meeting rooms that can be joined or used separately
- Strengthen sound barriers between all meeting rooms
- Replace aging light fixtures and worn carpet in existing meeting rooms
- Add a small kitchenette for groups using the meeting rooms
- Replace original 1963 basement HVAC system
- Designate an enclosed space for Friends of the Library and book sale activities, which are important to financial support of Library programming not available through the tax-supported budget
- Add a second restroom
- Add two small conference/study rooms
Benefits to the Community
- Access to all Library spaces and collections for individuals of all ages and abilities, including those with physical handicaps
- Active Library participation in the civic, educational, and social life of Downtown Elkhart (e.g. location for polling and absentee voting during elections, venue for special events during Jazz Festival, etc.)
- More options for innovative community and Library programming
- Flexible-use spaces for large or small groups, one-on-one consultations, and individual study areas
As the renovation progresses, we will post updates here and on our Facebook page. We will continue to post construction photos in Facebook album Main Library Renovations: Relocating Circulation, and create new albums as we move on to the other projects.
Update January 27, 2016
Work is underway in the basement! Pictures in Facebook album Meanwhile, Downstairs …
Exciting news! Brainfuse is now available in our Online Resources!
Brainfuse HelpNow gives Elkhart Public Library (EPL) cardholders free access to live online tutoring, writing assistance, test preparation and more!
- Interact with a live tutor anytime between 2 and 11 pm, seven days a week for assistance with:
- Social Studies
- English/Language Arts
- Computer Literacy
- Test Preparation
- English As a Second Language
- 24/7 Question Center – submit a question for a detailed, explanation of a difficult concept
- Premium Writing Lab – writing assistance
- Form online study groups
- FLASHBULB – access a library of online flashcards or create your own
- Adult Learning Center
- Practice tests & preparation for High School Equivalency (TASC), SAT, TOEFL, COMPASS/ACCUPLACER, ASVAB, GRE, U.S. Citizenship and more
- Online quizzes & games
- Access free lessons & resources
- WRITING ASSISTANCE for better business letters, term papers, resumes, etc.
Use your Elkhart Public Library card to access Brainfuse from home or anywhere that has an Internet connection — or from any EPL location without a card.
To access Brainfuse:
- Go to myepl.org/info247.
- Click + Kids and Teens OR + Online Learning Courses
- Click Access from Home.
- Enter your Library card number near the bottom of the page.
- If accessing from any EPL location, no card is required.
- Setting up an account is quick and easy – just create a username and password and you’re ready to start learning!
To learn more about Brainfuse tutors, system requirements and technical support, view the HelpNow User’s Guide.
Brainfuse is a student initiated service and should not be used as a school or class-wide assignment.
Genealogy is history on a personal level. It fulfills our need to understand who we are; where we came from; how we came to be. A family history is an epic tale of many lives intertwined through generations, all leading up to our present and projecting into our future.
Elkhart Public Library has a robust assortment of genealogy resources to assist you as you journey into your past.
Go to myepl.org/info247; Select +Genealogy and Local History; Choose your resource
(An Elkhart Public Library card is required to access most from home.)
Ancestry Library Edition (Access in the Library only)
A comprehensive genealogy resource offering the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, UK Census Collection, City Directories, other databases, newspapers, military records, and much, much more. For access from home, Ancestry requires individuals to purchase their own subscription. They do not allow libraries to offer this type of access.
Heritage Quest (Access in the Library or from home)
• Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
• Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
• Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
• Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
• Interactive census maps
NewspaperArchive [Access in the Library or from home]
Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old – including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more, to fill in the life stories you are interested in. All of these historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable.
Local History Index & Obituary Index [Access in the Library or from home]
Local History Index
A searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth covering topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area.
A database created by the staff at the Elkhart Public Library. Obituaries that have appeared in local Elkhart newspapers from 1921 to present are indexed. For obituaries from other years, please see Other Obituary Resources at EPL on our website’s Obituary Index page. Searching by last name will bring up the best results. The information contained in the index includes: name, obituary date, newspaper section, date of death and date of birth (if available).
Also in our Online Resources are links to Family Search, Geni, and Indiana History Online.
Link to a variety of resources from the Genealogy and Local History tab on our website.
Genealogy in the Library
For hands-on research, come to Reference Services at the Main Library.
- Elkhart Collection
- Indiana Collection
- Genealogy section
- Cemetery records
- WPA records
- The Elkhart Truth on microfilm going back to March 13, 1906
- Various local newspapers on microfilm dating from February 1859
- More – ask at the Reference Desk