How to Get a Library Card
Redford Township District Library card
Any resident of the Charter Township of Redford is eligible to receive a RTDL card. Proof of identity and residency must be shown at the time of application.
Regular Redford Township District Library card - Minors
A minor (under 18) who resides in the Charter Township of Redford may obtain a library card with a parental (or legal guardian) signature accepting financial responsibility for materials checked out on that card. Parent/legal guardian must show proof of identity and
Redford residency to get their child a card. In addition, legal guardians must show proof of court filed guardianship. Both parent/legal guardian and child must be present to obtain the library card. Legally emancipated children will be issued cards as adults after showing proof of emancipation.
Non-Resident TLN Reciprocal Libraries
Owners of Redford businesses and persons employed in
Redford will be issued Non-resident Business cards that are valid for use only at the RTDL and are good for one year. Proof of employment and valid identification must be shown.
Non-residents who live within the boundaries of a reciprocal Library Network library may use their card at the RTDL. If the non-resident doesn't have a card, with proper identification, they may be issued a temporary card which is good for one month. This temporary card must be taken to their home library to be made permanent.
Non-Resident School Cards
The RTDL offers a school card to students who live outside of
Redford but attend school in the Township. They may use this card to check out books, in addition to a limited amount of computer use. Valid identification plus proof of current attendance must be shown annually in order to obtain a school card, which expires on August 31st.
Non-Resident Purchased Cards
The RTDL offers a purchased card to non-residents who wish to borrow more than the limit offered by MichiCard, or who wish to borrow non-print format items. Currently, the cost of the non-resident card is $100 per year.
The RTDL participates in the statewide MichiCard program, which offers participating libraries access to print items only. Non-residents may use their home library card with its MichiCard sticker to borrow print items only.
Proof of identity and residency includes: a current, valid
Michigan driver's license or a
Michigan identification card. In lieu of those, a picture ID in addition to proof of residency (voter's registration card, lease or purchase agreement, official mail such as utility or tax bill) may be used. Cards issued with picture ID and supporting documents will only be valid for 30 days. Once a valid
Michigan driver's license or
Michigan identification card, with valid
Township address, is provided, the card will be extended for a full year. If the address has been changed on the driver's license or Michigan ID, as indicated by an address change sticker on the back, that will be considered the correct address. A Post Office box is not considered proof of residency in
Township for residents or for businesses.
United States Post Office Address Designation
A Zip Code is a United States Post Office designation. Some Redford Township Zip Codes are shared with City of
Detroit residents. This does not constitute residency.
All cards (except school cards) will expire one year from date of issue. School cards will expire every year on August 31st. All card renewals will require payment of all outstanding or unpaid fines.
Renewal of Resident Cards is dependent on verification of valid
Redford address. Renewal of Non-Resident cards issued by RTDL (business, school, purchased, MichiCard) is dependent on verification of valid address.
How to Get a Michicard
The Michicard program is underwritten by the Library of Michigan and allows Michigan libraries to choose whether they join.
Redford Township District Library is one of more than 295 Michicard libraries. The Michicard allows you to check out books at any of these member libraries. It is the decision of each participating library as to the extent of services provided beyond print materials.
If your home library participates in the Michicard program, you must register for a Michicard there. For example, Redford residents must get a Michicard at the Redford Township District Library and Detroit residents must get theirs at a Detroit library.
There is no fee involved.
Fines, Fees, and Loan Periods
||Fine per Day
|Adult and Teen books
|Juvenile books (picture books, readers,
|Adult and Teen audio books
|Juvenile audio books
|New DVDs & all Blu-Ray Discs - $1.00 rental fee
DVD/Video Adult Feature Films - no rental fee
|DVD/Videos Adult Non-Fiction, Blu-Ray Non-Fiction, All Children's DVDs - no rental fee
|Media kits (puppet and book kits, book and
Replacement cards cost $2.00. Be sure to bring ID, or a parent if you are under 18.
Computers for public use are available in the Adult and Youth sections of the library. To use them, you must have a valid Resident or Non-Resident library card, in good standing. You may also purchase a Non-Resident library card. Non-Resident MichiCards are not valid for computer use.
There are 24 computers in the Adult Department and 6 in the Children's Department. There is 1 Early Literacy computer with pre-loaded educational games in the Children's Department and 1 Adaptive use computer for the visually impaired in the Adult Department. No library card is needed to use either.
Computers provide internet access and Microsoft Office 2010. Black and white printing is available for $.20 per page. Color printing is available for $.75 a page. You will see a message on screen, telling how much money you have credited to your account, how many pages you're printing, and the total amount to be deducted from your account. This will give you a chance to cancel your print job.
All computer use is governed by our Internet Use Policy. Some of the important points are:
- Unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, patrons under 18 years of age must use a filtered computer for internet access, designed to restrict them from receiving obscene or sexually explicit material.
- All computers are equipped with USB ports and CD/DVD writers for data storage. Floppy disc drives are no longer available on the computers.
- You cannot use your own software but you may use your own disc or flash drive, if it has no executable files (i.e., programs) on it.
- You must use our paper.
Wireless Internet Access is available for personal laptops and wireless devices. Devices must be able to utilize an 802.11b or g wireless connection. More detailed setup information is provided in the library if necessary. Wireless printing is also available with the same charges.