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Need a Library Card? We've Got You Covered!

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 2:54pm by eli

Note: The AADL is currently offering contactless lobby pickup appointments. Click for more details.

The AADL offers the ability to get a new Library card or renew your card remotely!

If you live within the Ann Arbor Public Schools boundaries (with the exception of Northfield Township), or if you are a student or teacher at AAPS, you may obtain a resident library card with no fee

Not sure if you're eligible? Find out if your address is in the AADL district by using this map.

If you're in the AADL district, here's how to get a card remotely:
1) Download and fill out our library card application (no printing required)
2) Scan or take a photo of your ID showing an address within the district, or a school ID or email showing school affiliation
3) Email the filled-out application and proof of address to 

We'll send you your new library card number via email, and follow up with your card in the mail a bit later. Online cards are good for six months—after that you'll need to come into the library to verify your ID and get your card extended for two more years.

Not eligible for a free card? If you don't live within the district, but still want to an AADL card, a fee based card is available for $150.00 per year. Go ahead and send in an application and proof of address via email, and we'll apply the charge to your new account so you can pay online. We can bill you for a year up front, or 3 months at a time for $37.50 each time.

If you have any questions or concerns, email, text us at 734-327-4200 or call 734-327-4200 from noon-6pm weekdays.

Need to renew your expired card? Just email us at and we can renew your card for you too!

There are thousands of reasons to get an AADL card, but here are a few highlights!

Instant Access to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal
Enjoy instant access to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal with your AADL card! Digital versions of the print editions, plus access to The New York Times Magazine and WSJ Magazine.

Get access to libraries full of audiobooks and audio content through OverDrive and AADL-licensed content. All genres—including new releases and classics—including a giant collection of L.A. Theatre Presents performances of plays like August: Osage County, A Room with a View, and more!

Books for all ages, through OverDrive and licensed through the AADL (including 826Michigan, Cherry Lake Publishing, Project Gutenberg, Wayne State University Press, and more), for Kids, Teens, or Adults.

Streaming Video
In addition to hundreds of AADL-produced event video that anyone can watch anytime, cardholders can stream a collection of documentaries right from the catalog, including local documentaries, short films, and nature documentaries from the BBC.

Sleeping Bear Press
Our friends at Sleeping Bear Press rushed a collection of their most recently published ebooks into our catalog for users to read and download right in the comfort of their own homes. Unlimited access!

Creativebug for Arts & Crafts
AADL has licensed Creativebug for use by all Library card holders. Creativebug offers more than 1,000 award-winning video classes on painting, knitting, crafting, sewing, and more, taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports database is available to AADL cardholders. Read reviews and ratings on products, cars, and various services as well as articles from current and past magazine issues.

Genealogy Databases and Resources
Access to historical records, newspaper databases, obituaries, and more.


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I think you should allow my expired card to use the library during this difficult time. I won't pay the $150 fee untilI I can come into the library, pay my fee and physically use the library. I live in Dexter and have a Dexter card. I pay the fee to use the A2 Library because it is more convenient but I'm not going to renew that card until I can actually use the library.

I moved to Ann Arbor 1 month ago. To get a new library card, according to above comments, only school teachers are ok but others are not mentioned, unfortunately. I’d like to read ebooks with my daughter who are bored to read the same books. Is there any process to access and download ebooks with temporary library card numbers?

My library card will be expired in three months. How many months before can I start requesting for renew my library card?

Don't worry about it right now! We are extending expiration dates routinely, and if your card expires 5/1/2021 it will be renewed automatically as we get closer to that if we're still not open for browsing. In any case, we'll help you out, so don't worry about your card expiring on you!

My card has expired. I emailed the form for renewal along with a photo of my library card and driver's license on Saturday It still shows as expired on Sunday night. I always pay, because I don't live within the city. Should I stop in at West with a check?

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