Using Your Library Card

Obtaining and Renewing a Library Card
Checking out Materials
Fines and Charges
Payment Policy

Checking Out Materials

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



Art Prints (limit 3) 8 weeks
Book Clubs to Go Kits 6 weeks
Books, Audio Books (or BOCDs), Stories to Go, Kits 4 weeks
CDs, magazines 2 weeks
Videos 1 week
Zoom Lends Rentals 1 week
Tools, Up for Grabs 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 734-327-4219 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, Up for Grabs and some Tools are not renewable.

Return of Materials

Library materials may be returned to the Downtown Library or any Branch.


Materials in circulation or on order (except Zoom Lends, Up for Grabs and some Tools) may be requested through our online catalog, by phone at 734-327-4219, or in person at any service desk.

In your search results, you will see a link to "Request this item." You will be prompted to choose a library location where your item will be held for you, and you will receive an email notification when it is actually at that location ready for pickup. You have until the end of the business day on the date in your notice to pick up your hold. Information on your requests is also available through your My Account page. Your account page will show the status of your request as "ready for pick up" when the item is at your pick up location and your last day to pick up the item will also be noted.

Additional statuses for requests listed in your online account may be 'in transit' (the item is on its way to your pick up location), 1 of 1 holds (you are first on a list of 1 hold) or 2 of 7 holds (you are 2nd on a list of 7 holds), and so forth, 'available' (there is a copy available and we are looking for it). Questions about your requests may be submitted by contacting us online or calling the Renewal Line at 327-4219.


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

Fines are calculated from the date due. Fines are not charged on days when the Library is closed.




Videos and Tools $1.00 $10.00
All other materials $0.25 $10.00

Replacement costs will be charged for lost or damaged materials


Replace lost Library Card: $ 1.00
Zoom Lends Rentals: $ 1.00/week

Payment Policy

Borrowing privileges will be suspended on any Library Card with $10.00 or more in unpaid charges. Unpaid balances of $40 or more 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.