How to get a Library Card

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Adult residents or property owners in the Village or Township of Spring Lake or Crockery Township can get a library card by visiting the Checkout Desk and providing verification of their identity and current address. 

The easiest way to provide verification is by presenting 1 of these 3 pieces of ID. The ID must be valid with the current street address.

  • Michigan Driver’s License
  • Michigan Identification Card
  • Resident Alien Card

If a person does not have a card meeting the above requirements, they can still get a library card by providing a document from each list below.

List One:

  • Above listed photo ID
  • Employment ID
  • School ID
  • Out-of-state driver’s license
  • Passport

List Two: Documentation must have the applicant’s name and current address on it.

  • Voter registration card
  • Recent utility bill
  • Hospitalization, insurance card or automobile registration
  • Printed check
  • Recent local property tax bill

Juvenile Library Cards

Any patron under the age of 18 (except for emancipated minors) is welcome to get a library card with their parent/legal guardian’s permission.

Both the child and the parent/legal guardian must come to the library to apply for a juvenile card.  The parent/legal guardian must present verification from the above requirements.

Student Library Cards

Juveniles (except for emancipated minors) can obtain this type of library card at any age under 18, but must be able to provide their full name, home address, telephone number and date of birth. The Student Library Card does not require a parent/legal guardian’s signature and information.

The Student Library Card can only be used at Spring Lake District Library and the patron must reside in the Spring Lake District Library service area. The card is issued for a period of 1 year or until s/he turns 18 years of age, whichever comes first.

This card may be used to check out one physical library item and any digital material. When the physical item is returned and off of the patron’s record, s/he may check out another.

This card can be upgraded to a full juvenile card when the patron comes in with a parent/legal guardian.

Replacement Cards

If you lose your library card, please notify the Checkout Desk immediately. Replacement cards are available for $2.00.

Accessing your SLDL Account

Using your card number, you can login to view features of your account:

  • See checked out items
  • See items on hold
  • Place, freeze or cancel holds
  • See & pay any fines or fees applied to the account
  • View your Reading History (You must opt in to enable this feature.)
  • Set up email or text notification of holds, due dates, and overdue materials

Want to log in & don’t have a PIN yet? Enter your desired PIN then choose Submit.

Use your SLDL card

Borrowing & Returning

  • A total of 100 items can be checked out at any given time
  • A total of 15 DVDs or Blu-Rays can be checked out at any given time
  • A total of 25 music CDs can be checked out at any given time

Email Notification

When your held items are available, email notification is an easy and convenient alternative to phone call notification.

You will receive emails when:

  • Items you’ve placed on hold are ready for pick up at the library
  • Checked out materials are due in 3 days
  • Checked out materials are overdue

To Subscribe or Unsubscribe: Click Here

To change your email address for notification, first unsubscribe, then re-subscribe using your new email address.

Text Notifications

Want to get text alerts from the library?  Text Notification is a convenient addition to email or telephone notification.
You will receive texts when:
  • Items you’ve placed on hold are ready for pick up at the library
  • Checked out materials are due in 3 days
  • Checked out materials are overdue

You can also use texts to get notifications about fees, to renew items, to see all checked out items, and more!

To subscribe:

  • Text the word SIGNUP to 616.432.2161
  • You will receive a text asking for your library barcode.  When you reply with your barcode, a second text will ask for your PIN.
  • After you’ve sent your PIN, you will receive a confirmation message.

You can have notifications for multiple library cards go to the same phone number.  For how to set this up and and additional ways text alerts can be used, take a look at this document.

Text alerts are a free service, but standard carrier message charges may apply (if you pay for text messages, you’ll be charged for these as well). 
Michigan Activity Pass Website

Did you know that your library card can be your best travel companion? Discover hundreds of Michigan’s cultural destinations and natural attractions with your Michigan library card! You can “check out” FREE or discounted admission passes (or other exclusive offers) to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, and more.

How to check out a pass

Overdue Fines

We are not charging overdue fines at this time.

$.15/day
Most materials

$1/day
iPads & laptops

Loan Periods

7 days
DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, magazine issues, mobile hotspots

21 days
Books, audiobooks, iPads, laptops, and most other materials

Returning Library Materials

Materials checked out from our library can be returned to any library belonging to the Lakeland Library Cooperative. For a list of all libraries belonging to Lakeland Library Coopertaive, visit this link.

Can’t return the book during open hours? All books returned to the after-hours book return to the west of the library entrance will be checked in on the next day we’re open.

iPads and other equipment must be returned to a library staff member at the Checkout Desk.