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Welcome to Big Rapids Community Library!

Our library is a great place to access books and information, entertainment, and educational programs. If you are a resident of the City of Big Rapids or Big Rapids Township, simply bring a valid photo ID and proof of your current address to make a library card. If you live outside of our current service area and are a 'non-resident', you can pay an annual fee of $75.00 for a library card and library services.

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. Please ask staff for the current contracted service area. Unfortunately, a Big Rapids mailing address does not mean you live within the City of Big Rapids. Please see the map below to verify that you live in our 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 businesses within the City of Big Rapids. You must provide valid proof of enrollment or employment to obtain a library card in one of these categories. 

To obtain a library card, you must have a valid photo ID with proof of current address. Some examples include but are not limited to, a Michigan driver's license or state ID, a passport, and a recent utility bill in your name. Please speak to staff for assistance. 

Verify your address here:

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What if I am a non-resident?


The price for the non-resident card is $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 18. A child will need a parent with a valid photo ID 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
5 eBooks at a time has a separate limit of 75 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 or you owe money to your account. Click "My Account" on the menu to access your account online. 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. 

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 

Does the Library charge a fee for its programs?

No, the Library offers programs at no cost. There may be items 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 our Meeting Room Policy in total for more information. Once you have read the policy, please complete a Meeting Room Application and return it to the library staff. You can now reserve a time slot by logging into your library account and clicking on 'Events & Rooms.' Your reservation will not be approved until you have completed and turned in the Meeting Room application to 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 library director will review the book and take action as necessary.

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