Get a Library Card


All Michigan residents and students at Michigan colleges and universities are eligible for Library of Michigan library cards. This card allows the holder to check out materials from the Library’s circulating collections as well as request materials through MeLCat, Michigan’s statewide library catalog and borrowing service for pickup at the Library.

Michigan residents and non-resident college students may apply for a library card in person at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library. Applicants are required to show a valid Michigan Driver's license or state ID card. Out-of-state students may use their valid driver's license from their home states in combination with their current student ID card.

If you have questions, please contact the Reference Desk at 517-335-1477 or email

Check out information about the Michigan Activity Pass.

State of Michigan employees can apply online.

The Library of Michigan complies with the guidelines set forth by PA 455 of 1982 (Michigan Compiled Laws 397.601- 397.605: The Library Privacy Act), regarding confidentiality of patron records and circulation transactions.


Updated 10/16/2018