Residents of the City of Chelsea, Lyndon & Sylvan Townships, and the Chelsea School District portions of Dexter & Lima Townships support the Chelsea District Library by paying a library millage for library privileges. Residents of Dexter Township who are in the Pinckney School District are also part of the Chelsea District Library.
Residents of Waterloo & Grass Lake Townships who are in the Chelsea School District can receive a courtesy non-resident library card at the Chelsea District Library because they support the Jackson District Library through a countywide library millage.
Residents of Sharon Township, even those in the Chelsea School District, are non-residents as they don’t support the Chelsea or Manchester District Libraries with a library millage and will need to purchase a Chelsea District Library card.
Residents of Freedom Township support the Manchester District Library. Chelsea School District residents in Freedom Township will need to apply for a Manchester District Library card, which can be used at the Chelsea District Library (with the exception of Low Vision equipment, Kindles, Launch Pads & Hot Spots).
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.
Those living outside of the district may purchase a nonresident card at $125 per year or $31.25 quarterly.
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.
As a gesture of gratitude to active and retired military, CDL offers a military library card. This special card allows the holder to borrow materials without incurring overdue fees and provides $10/year towards printing costs. To apply for a CDL military library card, you must live within the Chelsea District Library service area and provide one of the following forms of military identification: VA card, VA designation on driver’s license or state ID, active military ID, or discharge papers – DD-214.
If you work in the Chelsea District Library service area you may apply for a non-resident Business card. To receive this library card, please bring confirmation of your employment on business letterhead along with picture ID to the library. You will be required to show proof of employment each year for renewal.
Teachers in the Chelsea School District who need longer check out times for curriculum may get a card that allows this for class room needs. Please contact your school principal for these forms or the “Check Out” Desk at the library. Others that work for the Chelsea School District may get a business card.
Online Library Card Registration:
Are you safe at home without a library card to access thousands of digital books, movies, music, and more? CDL is proud to announce online library card applications during the library closure! Click here to apply today! Please note: card is valid for 90 days. When the library reopens, patrons must come in to sign application.
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.