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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get a library card?

To be eligible for a Berkley Public Library card, you must live, work, or own property in Berkley. Stop by the Circulation Desk and present valid ID to get your card.  Children under 18 must fill out an application, and a parent or legal guardian must be present to provide valid ID and sign the application.   If you are not a resident of Berkley, you must visit your home library to obtain a card.

Can I purchase a nonresident card?
If you do not live within The Library Network's service area, you can purchase a nonresident card for $125 that will be valid at this library only for one year.
What if I have a library card from a different library?
The Berkley Public Library is a member of The Library Network (TLN). Many of the libraries in TLN offer borrowing privileges to Berkley Public Library cardholders and this library will offer borrowing privileges to residents of most other TLN communities.
How many items can I check out?

Berkley residents may check out up to 100 items. Residents of other communities may check out up to 20 items from this library.  

What are your overdue fines?
Children's books are 15 cents per day with a $5 maximum; adult books, CDs, and audiobooks are 20 cents per day with an $8 maximum, and DVDs are $1 per day with a $10 maximum.
Does the library have a list of DVDs or audio books?
All DVDs and audiobooks are listed in the library's online catalog, just like books. There is no printed list.
If an item is out, can I be put on a waiting list? How does that work?

As long as you have a valid library card, you may be put on a waiting list for items that are checked out. You can either ask a librarian to do it or do it yourself through the library catalog.

If the Library does not have a book, can it be delivered to the Berkley Library from another library?


If you have a valid library card, books that are checked out or that the library does not own can be requested through our inter-library loan service. The item will be delivered to the Berkley Library for you to pick up. You can either ask a librarian to do it or do it yourself.   Please check the library's catalog first.  If you do not find it in the catalog, try MeLCat, the statewide library catalog and delivery service. 

Does the library have a fax machine?

Yes.  Faxes are $1.00 per page to send or receive. To receive a fax, have it sent to (248) 658-3441 and pick it up at the Circulation Desk.   To send a fax, ask a member of the circulation staff for help.

Does the library offer wi-fi (wireless Internet access)?

Yes, wi-fi is available throughout the building. To connect, select "Library Wifi" as the network name and click to accept the terms of use. 

May I donate books to the library? How do I donate items?

Donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks are gratefully accepted.   The library accepts recent items that are in good condition.  Items that cannot be used at the library will be donated to the Friends of the Library for their booksales.   The library does not accept textbooks, Readers Digest condensed books, old encyclopedias, or books that are dusty, musty, dirty, or in poor condition.  You may bring the items to the front desk or notify the staff if you have a number of boxes.  A receipt can be provided for tax purposes.

Can I get something notarized at the library?

No.  The library does not have a notary service.

Does the library sell flash drives, stamps, or envelopes?

The library does not sell office supplies or stamps.  Flash drives are available for purchase at the circulation desk.  

Does the library have a homebound service?

The library provides a FREE delivery service for homebound visually and/or physically impaired residents of Berkley. Eligible patrons may call to request books which are then delivered to the home. Residents interested in learning about this service may call the library for further information.

Where do I get tax forms?

Tax forms are available in the adult area from early January through mid-May. Looking for tax forms?  Visit here for federal tax forms and visit here for state forms.

Who can recommend a good book?

Librarians are specially trained to assist you with recreational reading choices. Call or stop by the adult or children’s  desks any time and our librarians will be happy to make suggestions.

Can I print from the computers?

Printing is $0.15 cents per page.  You may pick up your printouts and pay for them at the Circulation Desk.  Only black and white printing is available.

Can I use the subscription research sources from home?

Michigan eLibrary (MeL) has a number of databases available to all Michigan residents.  Click here to start your search.

Library Hours

  • Mon-Thurs: 10am-8pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Sat: 10am-3pm
  • Sun: Closed