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Library Cards

What can I do with a library card?

Library cards are issued in order to provide free access to information! Issuing cards allows libraries to identify eligible library users, to determine the level of access to services and resources available, and to affirm the rights and responsibilities of cardholders. Your Ecorse Public Library card enables you to borrow items, access electronic materials via applications such as Libby, use on-site technology such as computers, printers, copiers, access the WiFi, and more.

Can I get a library card?

Library cards can be issued to the following:

  • Residents of Ecorse
  • Current EPL staff members
  • EPL Board trustees (current and former)
  • Students enrolled in any Ecorse Public School (as well as their household members)
  • Teachers and staff members at any Ecorse Public School
  • Ecorse business and land owners
  • Employees of the City of Ecorse

If you think you may be eligible for a card but do not fall into one of the listed categories, please contact the library about your individual situation.

How much does a library card cost?

There is no cost for a library card. Replacement cards will also be issued at no cost, within reason.

How long is my library card valid?

Library cards are valid for three years from the date they are issued. Library cards need to be renewed in-person once every three years.

How do I apply for a physical library card?

Adults aged 18 and older can register in person at the Ecorse Public Library, providing proof of identity and residency at the time of registration. If a patron does not have proof of Ecorse residency available at the time of registration, a temporary 30day library card may be issued with a valid Michigan driver’s license or State ID with a current address, if the individual’s home library is a member of The Library Network library (TLN).  There are over 60 local cities (excluding Detroit) that belong to TLN.

Teachers or staff of Ecorse Public Schools and City of Ecorse employees must provide proof of employment in addition to identification. Ecorse business and land owners must provide proof of ownership of an Ecorse property in addition to identification.

Please note that these individuals do not need to live in Ecorse to qualify for a card.

Some proofs of identity or residency may include:

    Driver’s License or State ID (this can serve as both identification and residency verification if showing an Ecorse address)
    Lease or Rental Agreement in patron’s name with an Ecorse address
    An Ecorse property tax bill
    Voter’s registration
    Official mail sent to an Ecorse address in the patron’s name (electric bills, water bills, etc.)

This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable identification and residency proofs; other proofs may be acceptable based on the discretion of the library staff.

Please note: if a patron already has a library card in the shared system from another TLN library, both cards cannot remain active at once. The patron’s “home library” will be determined by which city they currently reside in. Patrons can still check out materials and pick up holds at Ecorse Public Library with any TLN card.

Can minors get a library card?

Absolutely! Patrons under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present, with appropriate identification, to sign the library card application and take financial responsibility for the minor’s library materials. We ask that minors are old enough to sign their own name to a library card and understand caring for library materials before they are issued their own card; this would usually be around 4 or 5 years of age at the earliest.

Students at Ecorse Public Schools must provide proof of enrollment, and members of their household must provide proof of a shared address in addition to identification.

Please note that cards issued to minors are still subject to all fines and fees applicable.

How to I apply for a virtual library card?

Virtual cards can be issued to patrons 12 years of age and older by clicking the button below. All requirements of residency and legal guardian approval still apply to virtual cards.