Library Card Information

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 (general information) or (youth questions).

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 or cell phone number to your account to receive overdue and reserve notices by email or text.

You may opt to receive weekly emails listing the items you have checked out and their due dates.

What can I check out?

With a Milan Public Library card, you may check out a total of 50 items per card. Within that total, you may check out:

50 Books
10 DVDs
10 Audiobooks
10 Music CDs
10 Magazines
2 Jigsaw puzzles
2 Launchpads
2 Exploration/STEAM Kits
2 Library of Things items (adult cardholders only)
1 Mobile Hotspot (adult cardholders)

Also, through Libby/Overdrive:
8 eBooks and/or eAudiobooks
an unlimited number of eMagazines
Details are below.

Also, through the Michigan Activity Pass program:
1 Michigan Activity Pass per 7 day period.
Details are here.

Student Card Holders

If you are using a Student Library Card from our library, you may check out a total of 8 (physical) items per cards including a maximum of:
6 print items (books and magazines)
2 other items (DVDs, CDs, puzzles, etc.)

Also, through Libby/Overdrive:
8 eBooks or eAudiobooks
unlimited eMagazines
Details are below.

MiLibraryCard Holders

If you are using a MiLibraryCard from another library, you may check out a total of 8 items per cards including a maximum of:
6 print items (books and magazines)
2 other items (DVDs, CDs, puzzles, etc.)

How long can I borrow items?

The following items check out for 3 weeks:
Jigsaw Puzzles
Youth Magazines
Exploration Kits/STEAM Kits

The following items check out for 1 week:
Magazines (adult collection)
Music CDs
Library of Things

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

The circulation time and renewals for hotspots vary. Additional information is here.

Returning items
Most items may be returned in the drop box outside at any time, and all items may be returned in the library during our open hours. Fragile and large items will need to be returned inside.

How do I check out eBooks, eAudiobooks & eMagazines?

You may use your Milan Public Library card or Student library card to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines.

Download the Libby app on a mobile device 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 Woodlands Overdrive catalog at

EBooks and eAudiobooks are also listed in our catalog ( If you see a title there you would like to check out, click on the cover image and then follow the link to Overdrive to check out the item online.

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

If you are using a MiLibraryCard. please check with your home library for eBook 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, Launchpads, Exploration Kits, and Library of Things items
$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. You will be sent an email or text message (depending on what you have chosen) when the item is 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 information 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.

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 information desk), email your request to us at, 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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