About Your Library Card

Benefits of Your Southfield Library Card

Are you a Southfield or Lathrup Village resident? Then you have access to many great resources with your Southfield Library card!

  • Borrow materials not only from Southfield but from other libraries across Michigan.
  • No usage limits for computers unlike guest passes, which are limited to two hours a day.
  •  Access nearly 100 Resources – like Gale Courses, which offers free online classes.
  • Stream eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, movies, and more through our Digital Library.
  • Checkout items from our Internet of Things, like a Raspberry Pi Kit or a Hotspot.
 Even if you’re not a resident, you still have access to our materials, many resources, and more. All card holders can log in online to request, renew, and view their materials. 
 

Don’t have a Library card yet or need to renew your card? See if you’re eligible for a card

Your Responsibilites

  • To assume financial responsibility for all materials checked out with your Library card, including paying for lost or damaged materials and processing fees. Fees not paid withing the prescribed period may be sent to a collection agency.  
  • To give immediate notice of a lost or stolen Library card. Your Library card should be treated like a credit card, because anyone who uses it has access to your library record and borrowing privileges.
  • To notify the Library of any change of address, phone number or e-mail address.
  • To abide by the policies of the Library and the Library’s Code of Conduct. Responsibility for the choice of borrowed materials rests with the cardholder or, if under the age of 18, with the cardholder’s parent. 

Loan Periods

The library has automatic renewal. Most items are renewable twice. Please see our renwal chart

Items with a waiting list or that are borrowed from other libraries (MeLCat) are not automatically renewed.

Email Notices

You can have your hold, courtesy and overdue notices sent directly to your e-mail address. 

COURTESY notices are reminders sent to you 1 day before an item is due. 

HOLD notices are sent when an item you have requested is ready for pick-up.

OVERDUE notices will be sent after the two auto-renewals have expired OR the item cannot be renewed.

The privacy of your e-mail address is assured. It will never be given away, sold or traded to a third party for any purpose.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

  • If the amount owed exceeds the maximum allowable.
  • If two or more overdue notices have been sent for any one item.
  • Long overdue accounts may be sent to a collection agency and credit reported.

The Library Privacy Act 455 of 1982 protects the confidentiality of Library users’ records.  The records of Library materials you request or borrow cannot be disclosed to anyone without your consent unless ordered by a court of law.

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