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Library Card Eligibility
Apply for a Library Card
Using Your Library Card
Loan Periods
Fines and Fees
Lost and Damaged Material
Payment Options
Renewal Options
Renewing Your Card
Library Card Eligibility

All residents and non-resident property owners within the 

are eligible for a card.

  • is required.
  • Minors will need a parent/guardian to obtain a card.

Employees who work within the

who do not qualify for a card from a reciprocal library are eligible for a card

  • Must bring in

    along with

Students who attend a school within the

but do not qualify for a card from a reciprocal library are eligible for a card

Teachers who work at a school within the Brighton District Library service area are eligible for an “Educator Card”

  •  Brighton District Library is committed to working with educators.
  • An educator library card may be used to borrow books for curriculum support and classroom use.
    • Library books owned by the Brighton District Library may be initially checked out for 8 weeks.
    • You qualify if you teach children preschool to grade 12, at a school located within the Brighton District Library service area
  • Must bring in proof of employment along with
Apply for a Library Card

Register In Person

Residents may apply for a card in person.  Adults will need to bring in

 Minors require a parent/guardian to obtain a card.

Using Your Library Card

Your card can be used for checking out materials in person at the Brighton District Library or at other reciprocal libraries.

There are currently over 50 libraries that belong to the Library Network – all of which share items to ensure the quickest fulfillment of library holds.  If you cannot wait for a hold to make it to our library (which generally takes about 1 week) you have the option to go directly to any member library to check out items you need.

Loan Periods
Type of Item  Number of items/ transaction Checkout Period
New Books unlimited 2 weeks
New Audio Books 5 titles 2 weeks
Books unlimited 4 weeks
Audio Books unlimited 4 weeks
DVDs and Videos NEW Youth DVDs -5 titlesAll others – unlimited 1 week
Magazines unlimited: 2 issues per title 1 week
Music CDs unlimited 2 weeks
CD-ROMs unlimited 2 weeks
Lucky Day Matertials 2 titles 2 weeks
Playaways Unlimited 2 weeks
Fines and Fees
  • $0.10 per day for all overdue material owned by the Brighton District Library; fines/fees will differ for material owned by libraries other than the Brighton District Library.
  •   Maximum fines per item for Brighton District Library materials:
    • Youth materials:  $5.00
    • All other materials:  $15.00
  • MelCat items are $0.25/day
  • Replacement cost for library card:  $2.00
  • Processing Fee of $5.00 will be applied to damaged and lost items.
  • Referral Fee:  $10.00 for those accounts sent to a collection agency.

A borrower’s account will be BLOCKED when fines/fees reach or exceed $25.00.  Payment, to lower charges to less than $25.00, will need to be made in order to use your card.


The Brighton District Library uses the services of Unique Management Services for accounts with “lost” material reaching or exceeding $25.00.   Accounts with damaged material may also be sent, at the discretion of the staff.   All accounts sent to the collection agency will be charged an additional $10.00 Referral Fee.

An account in COLLECTION status will need to be paid in full before any checkouts will be allowed.

Lost and Damaged Material

Borrowers will be charged full price of all materials deemed to be damaged beyond repair or lost.  In addition, a $5.00 processing fee will be applied to each lost or damaged item.

Accounts with replacement charges for LOST material that reaches $25.00 will be automatically submitted to a collection agency.

Accounts with damaged material charges above $20.00 may be sent to a collection agency.

You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card.  It is expected that items will be returned in a timely fashion.  Overdue fines on late material should be paid promptly. Prompt payment on lost or damaged material is also expected.  Please be aware that the Brighton District Library uses the services of a collection agency.

Payment Options

In person at the circulation desk, by cash, check or credit card


Online:  Fines and charges over $5.00 can be paid online using a credit card or PayPal account.

Fines may be paid online through the My Account tab on the  Library Catalog.

Renewal Options

Most items may be renewed a maximum of two times.
No renewals are allowed on any item that is on reserve for another patron.
Items owned by other libraries are subject to their renewal policies.

Online Renewal

Login to My Account (you will need your card number and PIN).
Click the “Patron Record” button to view the list of items that you have checked out.
You can either put a check mark in each box for items you wish to renew, then click on “Renew Selected Items”, OR you can simply click on the box “Renew All.”
Online renewal is available 24 hours/day, seven days/week.

24 hour Phone Renewal – Dial Toll Free – (888) 672-8983

Renew materials and check your library record by phone!  Use your library card, PIN and touchtone phone.

A numeric PIN is required for this transaction.  If you do not know your pin, please call us at 810-229-6571, select “0” from the menu and we can assist you.

Call the Library Directly
810-229-6571, select “0” from the menu and we will assist you.

Renewing Your Card

Library cards expire every three years from the date they were first issued for residents within the Brighton District Library service area, every year for all other cards.  Library staff will need to verify and update your account including your address, phone number and email address (if applicable).  This will need to be done in person at the Circulation Desk.  You will not be able to place holds if your card has “expired”.

As of October 1, 2012, all fines and fees must be paid in full at time of renewal.  

Brighton District Library Service Area

Brighton District Library service area includes:

City of Brighton
Green Oak Township
Part of Brighton Township (must be within the Brighton School District boundaries)
Part of Genoa Township (must be within the Brighton School District boundaries)

Proper Identification

A driver’s license or State of Michigan I.D. card with your current address is ideal. In lieu of these, we will also accept a car registration, utility bill, check, lease agreement as long as it has your name and current address.

Proof of Employment

A document that shows both your name and company or school, along with the address
Letter written on your company/school’s letterhead verifying your employment with them.