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Library Of Michigan

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All Michigan residents are eligible for Library of Michigan (LM) library cards. Out of state students enrolled in a Michigan college or university are also eligible. Employees of the State of Michigan, please use the Application for State Employees.

LM Library Cards may not be used by non-Michigan residents. Additionally, log-in credentials for accessing online resources may not be shared with non-Michigan residents.

A full-service LM library card is your key to:

  • LM Collections - Check out materials from the Library of Michigan's circulating collections at its facility in Lansing.
  • MeLCat - Borrow materials from other Michigan libraries through MeLCat, for pickup at the Library of Michigan - temporarily suspended due to ongoing catalog transition.
  • LM Databases - Access the Library of Michigan's specialized subscription databases from home as well as while visiting the library.

Michigan residents may apply for a LM library card one of two ways:

1. Apply in person at the Library's 2nd floor Reference Desk for a full-service card during open hours. Applicants must show a valid Michigan driver's license or state ID card with current address. Out-of-state college students enrolled in a Michigan college or university may use their valid driver's license from their home state in combination with their current student ID card from a Michigan institution.

2. Residents age 18 and over may apply online for an eCard by completing the form below. We will email the card information and password instructions to you. You can then use it to access our eResources. If you wish to check out items at the Library of Michigan and receive a full-service physical library card, you will need to present your Michigan driver's license or state ID card onsite at our facility in Lansing in order to complete the registration process.


  • Library Cards from the Library of Michigan do not act as a substitute card for your local public library, nor other public libraries in the state. Use the Michigan Library Directory to find your local public library and discover the services they offer.
  • LM library cards only provide access to specific services from the Library of Michigan:
  • Many additional eResources and services are available through the Michigan eLibrary without a library card. Discover them at

Questions?  Please email the Circulation Department at or a Reference Librarian at

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 8/4/2023

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