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Using the Library

Borrowing privileges

Full service card

Any resident of the City of Flint or the State of Michigan may apply for a Flint Public Library card. A current Driver’s License or State of Michigan Identification card must be shown. People under the age of 18, who do not have their own Michigan Driver’s License or Identification Card, must have a parent or legal guardian present to get a card at the time that they apply. Applications are accepted at the Checkout Desk until 30 minutes before closing time. Please visit the lobby to fill out an application or download and print ahead of your visit.


No current ID, or you’ve not yet updated your address? No problem! We can issue you a library card or renew your regular card as an E-Card temporarily until you bring in your ID. Your E-Card gives you access to library computers and all of our electronic resources available anywhere any time, including downloadable books and audiobooks. The only thing you cannot do with an E-Card is check out materials. When you have a valid ID, just return to the Checkout Desk and we can convert your E-Card to a full service library card.


Your library card is for your use only. It is nontransferable. You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card.

We value your privacy

No one is permitted to use or receive information about another person’s library card without written consent from the cardholder. We have a process for giving this written consent and recommend it especially for parents overseeing their children’s cards. Ask at the checkout desk for assistance with Consent Forms.

Lending policies and procedures

Loan period

Most materials (books, CDs) may be borrowed for three weeks. DVDs may be borrowed for seven days. At checkout you will receive a receipt listing your due dates. You can sign up to receive e-mail and/or text checkout receipts, reminders of upcoming due dates, and overdue notices.


Fiction DVDs and items on hold may not be renewed.  Nonfiction DVDs may be renewed for one additional week.  All other items may be renewed for an additional three weeks. Renewals may be done in person or online at the My Account section of the catalog.


We do not charge fines for overdue materials.

Limits on borrowing

There are some limitations on the number of items that may be borrowed at one time. 4 DVDs at a time; 6 CDs/CDWs;  2 Launchpads (only adults may check out Launchpads) and 20 items max at a time.  No additional materials may be checked out if $5 in fines are owed or if six (6) items are overdue.

Drop box

Materials may be returned at any time to the drive-through drop box along Crapo Street.

Lost or damaged materials

Replacement costs and a processing fee will be charged for all lost or damaged materials.

Lost card

Report a lost or stolen card immediately. You are responsible for all items checked out on a card until you report it. Inform the library of any changes of address, telephone number, or email address.

Keep the Library safe for all

Please refrain from:

  • Soliciting inside the building
  • Bringing in animals (except service animals)
  • Visiting without shirt or shoes
  • Vandalism or theft
  • Threats or verbal abuse
  • Eating food
  • Drinking from uncovered containers
  • Fighting or throwing objects
  • Gambling
  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco
  • Using bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, and scooters inside the building
  • Blocking entrances, exits or stairways
  • Disruptive or excessive noise

Additional notes on policy:

  • Except as authorized by Michigan law, weapons are strictly prohibited on Library premises
  • Unattended personal belongings will be sent to Lost & Found
  • Cell phones should be set to vibrate and used in a manner that does not disturb other patrons. Cell phones should not be used at the Checkout or other public service desks.
  • All briefcases, luggage, handbags, packages, overcoats and shopping bags may be inspected by library staff for security purposes.

Failure to comply with the Library’s stated rules and policies may result in removal from library property and/or loss of library privileges.

Keep children safe at the Library

  • Children ages 7 and under must be with a parent, guardian or caregiver at all times.
  • Children must be 13 years or older to watch a child age 7 years and younger.
  • When children ages 12 years or younger are left 30 minutes after the Library closes, Library staff or security will call the Police Department for assistance.
  • We affirm the responsibility and the right of all parents and guardians to guide their own children’s use of the Library’s resources and services.

Using computers or mobile devices

Library computers are available for use by cardholders and guests. In order to use a Library computer, users must agree to the Library’s Internet Use Policy (link at bottom of this page).

  • You may use computers at the Library for up to 3 hours per day.
  • Sign up for a computer reservation at a Pharos station, if all are in use.
  • Most computers are available for 1 hour at a time, if there are others waiting.
  • Express computers (in Nonfiction) are available for 30 minutes at a time.
  • Genealogy computers (in Reference) are available for 3 hours at a time.
  • Reservations may be made up to a week in advance.
  • Computers have Internet access, Microsoft Office programs, and access to the Library’s online resources.

To use the computers, you will need

  • The barcode from your Flint Public Library card
  • Your PIN (Personal Identification Number)
  • An up-to-date patron record (renew yearly)
  • Visitors to our community can ask for guest access.

Saving your work

  • All library computers and all can access USB flash drives
  • USB flash drives are available for purchase at the Check-out Desk

Printing your work

  • Black and white, check with staff for price per page
  • Color, check with staff for price per page
  • Use your Flint Public Library card or purchase a Print/Copy card

Wi-Fi is available through the Library for use with mobile devices. Mobile device users must also comply with the Library’s Internet Use Policy (link at bottom of page). Staff can provide information on Wi-Fi login and printing, or see the Wi-Fi icon on our home page.

Download the complete Patron Conduct Policy here.

Download the complete Internet Use Policy here.