BDL's library card styles

FREE library cards are available to people in our service area of all of Branch County, Michigan; Allen Township of Hillsdale County, Michigan; and through a reciprocal agreement for Burlington Twp. of Calhoun County, Michigan.

Cards are available to:

  • adult and minor residents of the service area.
  • adult owners of property or businesses within the service area, even if they live elsewhere.
  • students attending schools within the service area, even if they live elsewhere.
  • educators at schools and homeschools within the service area, even if they reside elsewhere.

You can start the process of getting a FREE library card by clicking the link below, or visiting a library branch. Cards are valid for one year, then must be renewed. If your card needs to be renewed, please contact or visit your local branch or email

Complete the registration by bringing photo identification and/or required documents to the service desk at your nearest library branch within the next 7 days. Applications older than that will be deleted and you'll have to re-apply. See our Borrowing and Lending Policy for a list of accepted documents to establish residency.

New! Another option for minors, the Library1 card.

Additional information will be collected at the library when you complete the application in person.

Start the application now, or come to the service desk at any branch.

Printable registration forms are also available.

See the below policies for more information.