Get a Library Card

Residents:
Anyone who lives in the library district is entitled and encouraged to receive a borrowing card. Residents of Waterloo Township who also live within the Chelsea School District may obtain a resident borrowing card.

Nonresidents:
Those living outside of the district may purchase a nonresident card at $107 per year or $26.75 quarterly.

Children’s cards:
Any child in the district may also receive his or her own borrowing card. However, Michigan law prevents library staff from informing anyone but the sole cardholder what is currently checked out, on hold, overdue or lost. Therefore, parents wishing to have access to this information should sign a release form when they register their child.  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian register with them to receive a card.

Registering for a library card:
To register for a card, you can come in to the library and fill out the application or print one here (Adult or Minor) and bring it with you when you come in. You will also need need picture id and proof of residency to complete the application. Current versions of the following items that indicate a district address will be accepted:

  • Driver’s license / Michigan ID card
  • Utility or telephone bill
  • Rental agreement / property deed
  • Car registration
  • Voter registration
  • Tax receipt

Please report all mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address changes to the library. This will help us contact you about your materials and holds.

Access your Account

Accessing your account:

Go to our catalog and enter your library card number and pin then click on Log In.

PIN:

When you sign up for a card, you are assigned a PIN  to use when accessing the catalog or using our Internet computers. It is usually the last four digits of your phone number, but you can request a different number or change the number once you have an account. You can change your PIN after logging into your account.

Items on Your Account:

If you lose your card, please let us know immediately. You are responsible for everything taken out on your card. If lost, we will mark your account so that the next time your card is used we will ask for ID to verify that your card is not being used by anyone other than yourself. 

Library Card Expiration & Renewal:

Resident cards are good for one year. Picture ID and proof of residency is required for renewal of card; current Michigan Drivers License will provide both. All fees and fines must be paid at time of renewal. 

Using Other Libraries:

The Chelsea District Library belongs to a library co-op, The Library Network (TLN), which includes approximately 50 libraries. When requesting a book from another library please keep in mind that other libraries have different due dates, fines and renewals. Please check your due date slip, or go online to find out when your items are due. We support TLN policies and procedures. 

Most libraries in TLN will accept your Chelsea District Library card. We recommend calling to confirm. For a complete listing of TLN libraries click here.

Borrow Items

Renewing and Returning Items

Renewing:
Items from our library can be renewed twice if no one has placed a hold on the item. Renewals using the automated phone line or website require a library card # and PIN.

To renew:
Phone (during business hours): (734) 475-8732 x0
Automated Phone Renewal (24/7): (888) 672-8983
Online: Log in to your account go to the Checkouts tab, select the books you want to renew and click Renew

Returning:
The material drop is in the vestibule and is open 24 hours a day. If you have a damaged or overdue item you’d like to pay for, please bring it to the Check Out desk. E-mail reminders sent from TLN alerting you to that items are due in two days are a courtesy. Items still need to be renewed or returned on or by the due date. Due dates can be printed on a slip at checkout, found online by logging into My Account in our catalog, or by calling the library.

Pay Fines

You can pay library fines in person using cash, check, or credit card, over the phone with a credit card, or online (paying a minimum of $5) using PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay fines online.  To pay online, log in to your library account, click on Bills, and then Pay Bill Now or Pay All Bills. Lost items found after payment will only be refunded within 45 days from the payment date. 

Overdue Materials Policy:

When borrowed material is overdue, the following procedure is followed by our library to encourage patrons to return the materials they have borrowed:

  • One week overdue: A letter is sent to the patron listing overdue materials.
  • Four weeks overdue: A letter is sent listing overdue materials and their replacement costs.

If you have an email address registered on your library record, a notice will be sent two days BEFORE items are due to help you remember to return or renew your items on time. These are courtesy notices and if you don’t receive them for any reason, your items are still due on time. Overdue items will incur late fines – see chart below.

Borrowing privileges are suspended for patrons who have incurred overdue fines or fees of $15 or more.

Loan Periods

Fines, Renewal, & Loan Periods

Item

Loan period  

Fines

Books

3 weeks

$0.10 per day

Books on CD

3 weeks

$0.10 per day

CDs

3 weeks

$0.10 per day

DVD’s (Non -Feature) 

3 weeks

$0.10 per day

Magazines (Print)

1 week

$0.10 per day

Playaways

3 weeks

$0.10 per day

DVDs (Feature)

1 week

$1.00 per day

Kill-a-Watt

3 weeks

$1.00 per day

WiFi Hotspot

3 weeks, no renewals

$1.00 per day

Kindles

3 weeks, no renewals

$1.00 per day

Low-Vision

3 weeks

$1.00 per day

Playaway Views

3 weeks

$1.00 per day

Thermal Leak Detector

3 weeks

$1.00 per day

Video Games

1 week

$1.00 per day

Lucky Day Items

1 week, no holds or renewals

See item fines

The limit for the number of items checked out is 100 items per account. 

All materials may be renewed over the phone. To do this, call the library at (734) 475-8732 during business hours or use the 24/7 automated phone renewal system at (888) 672-8983. The automated system requires you to know your library card number and PIN and have a touchtone phone.

In compliance with the Michigan Library Privacy Act 455 of 1982, Chelsea District Library does not identify the titles of materials borrowed or on hold by a cardholder to anyone but that cardholder.

Place a hold

Search the catalog and place holds from home! Holds ready for pickup will be held for seven (7) days. If you send a friend or family member to pick up your materials, they must either have your library card OR be designated on your account to pick up your materials. If they don’t bring your card, they may be asked for picture ID.

Placing holds:
From our home page:

  • Enter what you are searching for and click on Search
  • Place Hold
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If you have requested an item that is not currently available at the library, we will notify you by e-mail, text or automated phone call. E-mail notices are sent to addresses registered with the library. Text notices are sent to phone numbers registered with the library. Automated phone calls will be handed as follows:

  • Your hold is checked in at the library.
  • Automated system calls to let you know the item(s) are in.
  • If there is no answer or the phone is busy, the system will try again, up to three times in 24 hours, to contact you.
  • If all three attempts fail, a paper notice will be sent.

The automated message starts as soon as it hears a voice on the other end, so it will leave the message with whoever answers the phone. It will also leave the message on an answering machine, as long as the greeting message isn’t too long. Please contact the circulation staff at the front desk if you have any questions.

Sign up for Home Delivery

If you can’t come to the library, let the library come to you! If you have trouble getting to the library because of permanent or temporary illness or disability you can have books delivered to your home.

Who is eligible?

Any library district resident who is unable to visit the library due to permanent or temporary disability or illness. Once we sign you up, you will receive a “homebound” library ID.

Is there a fee?

Our service is free to eligible patrons. Also, there are no overdue fines, although you may be held responsible for lost or damaged items.

What materials can I borrow?

  • Books, excluding new books, but including large print and paperback
  • Audiobooks on CD or Playaway MP3 player
  • Magazines
  • Non-feature DVDs
  • Music CDs

How do I sign up?

Call us at (734) 475-8732 and ask for an Adult Services Librarian. We’ll help you complete a registration form that asks about particular materials you would like delivered. You can print the form as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and return it to us by mail, or you can call and leave a message for Cathy Kamil at 734-475-8732 x 401, or click here to email her. After registration, we will set up a schedule for your book delivery.

Who will deliver the materials?

Materials will be delivered by trained volunteers or library staff.

How often will materials be delivered?

You will determine the frequency of delivery from one-time-only to monthly. All materials will be checked out to you for a four-week period.

Can I renew materials?

You may renew materials once, for an additional four-week period. However, renewals cannot be placed if someone else is waiting for an item.

How will materials be selected?

You will determine our level of involvement, which can range from filling specific title requests to regular staff selections based on your interests. Feel free to call us at any time with suggestions by title, author, subject, or genre.

How many items can I request?

There is no limit. You may check out as many items as you expect to need for a four-week period.

How do I volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer to help deliver books, please call (734) 475-8732 x202 to speak with Linda Ballard, Volunteer Services Coordinator. Learn more about the library’s volunteer program by clicking here.