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Library Cards

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Obtaining and Renewing a Library Card

Resident Cards

If you live within the Ann Arbor Public Schools boundaries (with the exception of Northfield Township), you may obtain a resident library card with no fee. You can get a Library card at the information desk at any location of the Ann Arbor District Library.

To apply for a new Library card, please bring a current photo ID and some proof of your current address. You can also print an application before coming in!

Current photo ID may be:

  • a driver's license or state issued ID from any state
  • a military ID
  • a passport
  • a current student I.D.

Proof of address may be:

  • Current Driver's license or Michigan ID card issued by the Secretary of State
  • Mail addressed to you and postmarked within the last month
  • Lease or purchase agreement
  • Car registration
  • If you don't have any of these, ask at the information desk and we can mail a form letter to your local address.

Non-Resident Cards

If you don't qualify for a no fee AADL card but still want to receive the benefits, a fee based card is available for $150.00 per year. You can pay the fee in 4 quarterly installments of $37.50 if you'd prefer. The fee must be paid at the time the card is issued by cash or check. When your fee based card expires, you'll need to pay the next installment before you can renew.

Cards with no annual fee may be available if you own or rent property in the AADL District, teach in or attend a State approved K-12 school located in within the boundaries of the AADL, tutor for a literacy organization, or work for a business located in the Library District (and your business is willing to provide a card for you).

Non-resident patrons of the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and their family members living at the same address, may have the fee waived for their cards.


Using Your Library Card

You can use your Library card at any location of the Ann Arbor District Library. Library materials may also be returned to the  any location of the Ann Arbor District Library.

Creating an Online Account

Once you’ve gotten your library card, you can create an online account and use it to check your library record, place requests, and renew materials.

Renewing Your Card

Resident Library cards are issued for two years. All other cards are issued for one year. If you've provided an email address, you'll get a notice when your card is about to expire. You can renew your card in-person only at any information desk at any location of the Library by showing your photo ID and a proof of address from the list above.

Report a Lost or Stolen Card Immediately

Contact us online, call us at 734-327-4200, or come to any information desk. Until you have reported your card missing, any use of it is your responsibility. Please protect your AADL card as you would a credit card.


Checking Out Materials

With your Ann Arbor District Library card, you may borrow:

Art Prints (limit 3) 8 weeks

Book Clubs to Go Kits 6 weeks

Books, BOCDs, Stories-to-Go, Kits 4 weeks

CDs, magazines 2 weeks

Videos 1 week

Tools, Express Shelf Varies*

*Due to subject or length, some designated materials circulate for extended loan periods.


Library materials may be renewed online at, by calling the Renewal Line at 734-327-4200 during library hours, or at any service desk. Materials may be renewed if there are no requests waiting. We reserve the right to limit renewals on in-demand materials. Art prints, Express Shelf and some Tools are not renewable.


Materials in circulation or on order (except Express Shelf items and some Tools) may be requested through our online catalog, by phone at 734-327-4200, or in person at any service desk.


As a courtesy, the AADL sends notices about requests ready for pickup, date due reminders (to email addresses only), overdue items, cards coming due for renewal, and other information. All of this information is also available through your My Account page.

The notices are sent by email (if we have your email address) or USPS on the following schedule:

Due Date Reminder sent 3 days before the due date
Overdue Notice send at 2 days and 8 days overdue
Request Notification sent when a requested item is ready for pickup

Overdue Notice sent at 8 days overdue
Request Notification sent when a requested item is ready for pickup

Fines and Charges

If items remain checked out past their due date, fines are accrued on a daily basis until the item is renewed or returned. Fines are not charged on days when the Library is closed.

Tools $1.00 daily (max $10.00)

All other materials $0.25 daily (max $10.00)

Replacement costs will be charged for lost or damaged materials.

Payment Policy

Borrowing privileges will be suspended on any Library Card with $25.00 or more in unpaid fees. Unpaid balances of $25 or more for more than 45 days will be sent for collection and a collection fee will be charged.

Payment may be made at any circulation desk with cash or a check made payable to the Ann Arbor District Library. MasterCard, Visa, or Discover payments may be made online. Partial payments are accepted.