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How To Apply For A Library Card At SDL

SDL welcomes visitors and has an open door policy.  There is no admission charge to enter the building and read SDL's books and magazines while at the facility. If you would like to borrow an item, you must obtain a library card. Application information

Library cards must be scanned into SDL's circulation system before every transaction. As an alternative, your Driver's License barcode may be scanned instead of your library card to borrow items. Scanning your library card or driver's license ensures accuracy.  

Library Card Benefits

1.  Borrow materials from SDL’s collection of over 40,000 materials. (Non-residents are limited to borrowing 2 items at a time.) 

2.  Use public access computers at SDL.

3.  Access ‘My Account’ in SDL’s catalog from home to check the due dates of materials you have borrowed. You may also renew and reserve materials and create reading lists.   You may choose to receive system generated emails once a week reminding you of materials you have borrowed and when they are due.   

4.  Download OverDrive ebooks, audio books and magazines to your own device.  

5.  Use your library card for free passes and discount offers to Michigan cultural institutions, recreation areas and tourist attractions via the Michigan Activity Pass Program. 

Patrons with clean borrowing records who reside in SDL’s service area of the CPS School District, Sanilac Township and 25% of Forester Township, also qualify for the following additional benefits: 

1.  Borrow materials not owned by SDL from participating Michigan libraries through MeLCat. You may do this yourself by clicking on the MelCat icon on SDL’s website, search for the book you want and use your library card to “get this for me”. You may also ask library staff to make your request for you. SDL has been a member of MeLCat since 2005. 

2.  Your library card is your passport to other libraries. SDL participates in MelCat Visiting Patron Service.  This means that SDL patrons in good standing, who live in SDL’s legal service area, may go to another Michigan library which also participates in the MeLCat Visiting Patron program and check out books in person. Their staff will use your Sanilac District Library card to check out the books to you. You must have a picture ID with you (such as your driver’s license or MI ID) as well as your library card. You may return the books to the lending library yourself or bring them to SDL to be sent back through SDL's MelCat delivery service.  Check out the list of VP participating libraries.