You can get a Library card at the service desk at any location of the Ann Arbor District Library.
If you live within the Ann Arbor District Library boundaries, you may obtain a resident library card with no charge. People living within the service area of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, with the exception of those living in Northfield Township, are served by the AADL. If you are unsure of your Library district, call us at 734-327-4219. We'll check your eligibility and give you other options for receiving an AADL card.
Cards with no annual fee may also be available if you own or rent property in the AADL District, teach in the Ann Arbor Public Schools or WISD, 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).
There's no age requirement for a library card. Cards for patrons under 18 years old will need a parent's or guardian's signature, identification, and proof of address.
If you don't live in the AADL taxing district but still want to receive the benefits of an AADL card, there's a non-resident fee of $150.00 per year. You can pay the fee in 4 quarterly installments of $37.50 if you'd prefer. The non-resident fee must be paid at the time the card is issued by cash or check. When your non-resident card expires, you'll need to pay the next installment before you can renew.
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 non-resident cards.
What to Bring
When you come in to any AADL location for your card, you'll need to fill out and sign an application that includes either your birth date or your driver's license number.
We'll also need to see a current photo ID and some proof of current address.
Current photo ID can be a driver's license or state issued ID from any state, a military ID, or a passport.
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
* Current U. of M. directory (with student ID)
* Car registration
If you don't have any of these, come up to the circulation desk and we can mail a form letter to your local address. Bring it back within one month of the date on the letter, and you'll be good to go.
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 at any service 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 734-327-4219, or come to any service 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.
Some Additional Information
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