Library Card

How do I get a library card?

If you would like a library card, please check the guidelines here.  You can 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 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 
Milan Public Library Student Card
If you are enrolled in Milan Area Schools in kindergarten through twelfth grade but do not live in our service area, you 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.  

MILibraryCard 
You may use your library card from other MILibraryCard participating libraries at our library.

Click here for everything you need to know about getting a library card.

Do I need my library card to check out items?

You should have your library card with you to check out items. If you forget your card, you may check out with your photo identification (or a child may check out with their parent and the parent's photo identification.)

If you lose your card, you may purchase a replacement for $2.  A parent or guardian must be present for youth under 18 to receive a replacement card.


Can I access my account online?

You can view your account and reserve and renew items online with your library card number and password. Visit our catalog and your account here.

You may add an email address to your account to receive overdue and reserve notices by email. You may opt to receive weekly emails listing the items you have checked out and their due dates.

What can I check out and for how long?

With a Milan Public Library card, you may check out a total of 30 items per card. Within that total, you may check out:

Checkout limit

Checkout time

Renewals

Total items

30

Books

30
5 per nonfiction subject

3 weeks

2

New adult fiction books

30

2 weeks

1

Audiobooks

8

3 weeks

2

Youth magazines          
Magazines

8

       3 weeks     
1 week

              2              
1

DVDs

4 fiction &
4 nonfiction

1 week

1

CDs

8

1 week

1

Jigsaw puzzles

2

3 weeks

2

Cake pans

2

1 week

0

Launchpads

2

3 weeks

1

STEAM & Exploration Kits

2

3 weeks

1

Mobile hotspot (adult cardholders only)

1

varies

0



If you are using a MiLibraryCard, you may check out a total of 8 items per card including a maximum of:
     6 print items (books, magazines)
     2 nonprint items (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, puzzles, cake pans, etc.)

If you are using a Milan Public Library Student Card, you may check out a total of 8 items per card including a maximum of:
     6 print items (books, magazines)
     2 nonprint items (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, puzzles, cake pans, etc.)

Renewals
Items may be renewed online, by phone, or in person. Items on reserve for another patron may not be renewed.

How do I check out eBooks & digital Audiobooks & Magazines?

You may use your Milan Public Library card to download eBooks and digital audiobooks and magazines. 

Download the Libby app on mobile devices and then log in with our library (which will show as a branch of Woodlands Library Cooperative) and your library card number. 

From a computer, you can check out eBooks and digital audiobooks and magazines in the Overdrive catalog.

You may have a total of 8 eBooks or digital audiobooks checked out at one time. They are automatically returned after 14 days or you may return them sooner.  Currently, there is no limit on digital magazine checkouts. 

If you are using a MiLibraryCard. please check with your home library for eBook and digital audiobook borrowing privileges.

What are the late fees if I don't return an item on time?

A one-day grace period will apply to all items EXCEPT mobile hotspots.  If you return an item one day late, there will be no fine.  If you return an item two or more days late, fines apply for each day the item is late.

Late fees on items borrowed from our library are:
$1 per day on DVDs, cake pans, Launchpads, and STEAM kits
$3 per day on mobile hotspots
20¢ per day on all other items
$10 maximum on each item

Late fees on items borrowed through MeLCat are:
$1 per day on DVDs and videos
50¢ per day on all other items 
$25 maximum on each item

Borrowing privileges are blocked if fines on an account are $10 or more.
 

Can I reserve an item if it is checked out?

You may reserve items that are currently checked out and you will be notified when they are available.
Mobile hotspots will be held for 24 hours. All other items are held for 7 days. 

What can I do if the library doesn't own an item?

Check our catalog first. If we don't have an item, you have three options.

MeLCat Interlibrary Loan
Items may be available from another library through MeLCat. To request an item, ask at the reference desk or see the MeLCat catalog. A Milan Public Library card is required to use this service at our library. Items requested usually arrive at our library in about one to two weeks.

MILibrary Card
You may check out items in person from other libraries that participate in the MILibrary card program. Ask us for a MILibrary card sticker on your library card to use your card at other participating libraries.

Suggestions
You may submit a suggestion for purchase to the library. You may fill out a suggestion form in the library (ask for a form at the circulation or reference desk), email your request to us at info@milanlibrary.org, or fill out this form for youth item suggestions. We will consider these suggestions when ordering items for our library.

What else can I do with my library card?


Michigan Activity Passes



You may use your library card to check out free or reduced admission passes to museums, state parks, and other cultural institutions through the Michigan Activity Pass program. 








What other resources are available to me?

View the MeL Databases to access information for school research or personal interest. Read ebooks and magazine articles, view or listen to multimedia reports, see photos, and more. You may search any database or select “kids” or “teens” to view databases relevant to those age groups. If the system recognizes that your device is in Michigan, you will not need to log in to access MeL Databases. If you are not in Michigan, you will need to enter your library card number or a Michigan drivers license number to access the databases.

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