Getting a Library Card


Milan Public Library Card FAQs

If you would like a library card, please check the guidelines below and then fill out an application either in the library or online here

If you have any questions, please email us at info@milanlibrary.org (general information) or youth@milanlibrary.org (youth questions).  


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Milan Public Library offers the following types of borrowing privileges:

Milan Public Library Card
You can get a free library card at our library if you:
  • are at least four years old and live in the city of Milan, Augusta Township, or the parts of York Township and Pittsfield Township that are in Milan Area Schools
  • work full-time in Milan
  • own property in Milan   
MILibraryCard 
You may use your card from other MILibraryCard participating libraries at our library.  See #2 and #3 below.

Milan Public Library Student Card
Students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Milan Area Schools who do not live in our service area may get a free student library card at our library.  .

Milan Public Library Educator Card
If you are an educator (teacher, teaching assistant, school administrator, daycare provider) in Milan Area Schools or another school or daycare in our service area, you may get a free educator card at our library.  

Milan Public Library Card (nonresidents)
If you live outside of our service area, each individual in your household may receive a library card for an annual fee. See #4 below. 


1. What do I need to do to get a library card?

If you are 18 or older, bring your photo ID and proof of your current address. If your current address is on your drivers license or state ID, that is all you need.

If you are 4 - 17, bring a parent or legal guardian with the adult's photo ID and proof of current address.

If you work in Milan (but don't live in our service area), bring photo ID, proof of your current address, and proof of full time employment in Milan (e.g. a pay stub).

If you own property in Milan (but don't live in our service area), bring photo ID, proof of your current address, and proof of ownership of property in the city limits of Milan.

If you are applying for a STUDENT library card and are under 18, bring proof of your enrollment in Milan Area Schools (a report card or other official school document) and a parent or legal guardian with the adult's photo ID and proof of current address.

If you are applying for a STUDENT library card and are 18 or older, bring proof of your enrollment in Milan Area Schools (a report card or other official school document) and photo identification with proof of your current address.

If you are applying for an EDUCATOR library card, bring photo ID, proof of current address, and proof of employment in a school or daycare in our service area.  

2. What if I live in Monroe County (outside the Milan city limits)?

You may get a library card and MILibrary card sticker from any branch of the Monroe County Library System and then use that card to check out items from our library.  See a list of their branches and contact information here and information about getting a card from Monroe County Library System here.  Ask them for a MILibrary card sticker on your library card.  Bring your Monroe County Library card with a MILibrary card sticker and the information in #1 above to use your card at our library.

3. What if I live somewhere else?

If your home library participates in the MILibrary card program, ask them for a MILibrary card sticker on your library card from them. Then bring your library card with the MILibrary card sticker to us and you may use it to check out items at our library.  Follow the instructions in #2 above to use your card for the first time at our library.
See a list of libraries that participate in the MiLibrary card program here.

4. What if none of the above apply to me?

You may receive a library card for $100 per year per family. Everyone in your household will receive a Milan Public Library card and all of its privileges.

5.  What can I check out with my library card?

With a Milan Public Library card, you can check out up to 30 total items with a maximum of:
     30 books (maximum of 5 per nonfiction subject)
      8 magazines
      8 audiobooks
      8 music CDs
      4 fiction DVDs
      4 nonfiction DVDs
      2 Launchpads
      2 STEAM/exploration kits       
      2 jigsaw puzzles
      2 cake pans
      1 mobile hotspot (adult cardholders only)

Using a MILibrary card from another library, you can check out up to 8 total items with a maximum of:
       6 print items (books and/or magazines)
       2 non-print items (audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, cake pans, and/or Launchpads)
     
Using a student library card from Milan Public Library, you can check out up to 4 total items with a maximum of:
       3 print items (books and/or magazines)
       1 non-print item (audiobook, DVD, CD, puzzle, cake pan or Launchpad)

8.  What else can I do with my library card?

Click here for more information about what you can do with your library card including renewals, reserves, borrowing eBooks, Michigan Activity Passes, MeL databases, interlibrary loan, and more.

If you have any questions, please call us at 734-439-1240 or email info@milanlibrary.org (general questions) or youth@milanlibrary.org (youth questions).

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