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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get a free library card?

 

Free library cards are available to the City of Big Rapids and Big Rapids Township residents and other contracted townships. Please ask staff for the current contracted service area.  

Free library cards are also available to all students in the City of Big Rapids schools, Ferris faculty and staff, city taxpayers, and employees of city businesses. To obtain a library card in one of these categories you must provide valid proof of enrollment or employment. 

To obtain a library card, you must have a valid photo ID such as a driver's license or current state ID. You must also have proof of your current address.

What if I am a non-resident?

 

The non-resident card can be purchased currently for $25.00. The price for the non-resident card will be increased to $75.00 on January 1, 2023. The card is valid for one year and must be purchased annually.

Is there an age limit for getting a library card?

 

No, any age can get a library card. However, the parent will be held responsible for any fees on an account belonging to a child under the age of 18. A child will need a parent present with valid photo ID in order to make a library card. 

How many items can I check out?

 

You may check out a total of 20 items on your library card at one time.


You may check out a maximum of:
5 DVDs at a time
20 books at a time
20 audiobooks at a time
2 eBooks at a time

Mel.org has a separate limit of 70 items. 

How do I renew my items online?

 

The library offers automatic renewal up to three times unless there is a hold on the item. To renew your items online, click "My Account" on the menu. You must enter your library card barcode number and password, the 10-digit phone number on your account. If you cannot log in, contact the library. Once you have entered your information, you will see the items on your card and renew any items you have. 

I want to volunteer at the library, how can I do that?

 

We love volunteers at the library! Volunteering at the library can be rewarding and fun. 

Tasks may include:

-Dusting shelves & cleaning

-Helping with storytime and library programs

-Delivering books for homebound patrons

-Inventory Library items & straighten shelves

To volunteer, fill out this application. Then let us know when you would like to volunteer.

We take volunteers any time the library is open.

You may also be interested in joining the Friends of the Big Rapids Community Library! Find out more here www.bigrapidslibrary.org/fotl 

Does the Library charge a fee for its programs?
 

No, the library offers programs at no cost. There may be items that you need to bring from home but those are designated on the promotional materials for the programs.

How do I reserve the Meeting Room?
 

Please read the Meeting Room Policy in full for more information. Once you have read the policy, please fill out a Meeting Room Application and return it to the library staff.

What if I find an item that is questionable in nature at the library?
 

If you are concerned about the nature of any library material, please fill out an item review request and return it to the library. The director of the library will review the book and take action as necessary.