Library Cards


You can get a Library card at the information desk at any location of the Ann Arbor District Library.


If you live within the Ann Arbor District Library boundaries (with the exception of Northfield Township), you may obtain a resident library card with no fee. 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 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).

There's no age requirement for a library card. Cards for patrons under 18 years old will need the signature, identification, and proof of address of the adult taking responsibility for the card.

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.

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.

What to Bring

When you come in to any AADL location for your card, you'll need an application that includes either your birth date or your driver's license number. Use the links below to print the application, fill it out and bring it with you to any information desk or fill out an application when you get here.

Adult LCard Application
Minor LCard Application
Business Application

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, a passport, or 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
* Current U. of M. directory (with student ID)
* Car registration

If you don't have any of these, come up to the information 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 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 734-327-4219, 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.

Some Additional Information

Information about checking stuff out from AADL is available on our Using Your Library Card page, and your AADL borrowing privileges are covered in detail in our Circulation policy.

Thanks for your interest in AADL! Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions or trouble.