Beginning Monday, August 10, MeLCat (interlibrary loan) will be activated for Farmington Community Library patrons to begin borrowing materials from other libraries. Read more details...

Curbside pickup is now available. The Library's curbside and phone reference service hours are Monday and Tuesdays 1-6pm and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9-2pm. In order to facilitate a seamless experience and reduced wait times, please place your items on hold ahead of time, wait for the notice that your item is ready before coming to the building, and text or call the posted phone numbers when you arrive. For more information, please read the details of our phased reopening.

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Borrowing Items

  • Find/ Get Items
  • Holds / Reserves
  • Library Cards
  • Loan Periods
  • My Account (Borrowing Items)
  • Overdue Fees
  • Renewals
  • Returning Items
  • Questions?

Find and Obtain Items to Check Out

Holds / Reserves

Residents and property holders may place holds on all library materials at no charge. Reserves may be placed by phone, in person, or by accessing the catalog from the Library's Web site. When materials are available, notification will be provided by phone or by email. Items will be held for 5 days.

NEW! Remote Library Cards

The Library is now issuing Library Cards remotely for residents of Farmington and Farmington Hills. Fill out the online form and you will be issued a card number via email.

Library Cards

The Library will issue a card at no charge to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Farmington or Farmington Hills, or owns property in either of the two cities.   You may apply online for a Library Card by filling out the online form, and then coming to either location of the Library, bringing acceptable proof of eligibility:

A valid photo ID such as a driver's license or state ID showing residence in Farmington or Farmington Hills.

Recently moved? Please bring a valid photo ID and a recently postmarked gas or electric bill, mortgage papers or rental agreement with your name and new address.

Work in Farmington or Farmington Hills? You are eligible for a library card with proof of employment and valid photo ID with current address.

Applications for minors under 18 years of age require the signature of a parent or legal guardian. Patrons who have family/friends visiting may apply for a Courtesy Card for them at the Circulation Desk. Reciprocal borrowing privileges are extended to residents in any community whose library is a member of The Library Network, our Cooperative.

With your Library Card you can:

  • Reserve or renew materials 24 hours a day
  • Use the self check-out stations at either location
  • Request materials from other libraries
  • Use our public computers
  • Browse our online subscription research resources

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Loan Periods

Adult, Young Adult and Children's
Books, Music CDs, Books on CD and Playaways/MP3s

21 days

Magazines and New Books
(limit of 5 magazines)

14 days

Your Lucky Day Books

2 for 2 weeks

Your Lucky Day DVDs

2 for 2 days

Video Games
(limit of 2 Video Games)

7 days

(limit of 10 Adult Feature DVDs)

7 days

How Do I Manage My Library Account?

You can login via our Web Site to your Library Account and review items out or on hold.

Overdue Fees & Replacement Costs

Fines accrue at twenty-five cents per day, per item until they reach the maximum limit show below. After 180 days, items are considered lost and the replacement cost is applied to the patron's record. Once a lost item is paid for, it becomes the property of the patron and no refunds will be given. Once a fine threshold of $15.00 is reached, a patron's ability to check out further materials may be blocked until the issue is resolved. You may email our Circulation Department or you may call the Head of Circulation Services at the appropriate location to effect a resolution—the numbers given below are only for negotiating overdues. To renew items, call (248) 553-4098.

  • Liberty Street Location: Megan Drozan (248) 553-6263
  • 12 Mile Location: Gloria Finzel (248) 553-6875

Maximum Overdue Fees

  • Adult, Young Adult, and Children's Audio/Visual Materials: $5.00
  • Adult Books: $5.00
  • Adult Magazines: $5.00
  • Bi-Fokal and Smart Start Kits: $6.00
  • Children's and Young Adult Books: $2.00
  • Children's and Young Adult Magazines: $2.00


  • All library materials, except those in the Lucky Day Collection, may be renewed. If a hold is pending on that title, renewal may be blocked.
  • Most items may be renewed up to two times unless there is a reserve on the item.
  • New Books and DVDs have only one renewal. Staff may renew items for patrons who come in or call the library, or patrons may renew items themselves by accessing the library catalog. Renewal loan periods are 3 weeks for most books, 2 weeks for New Books and audiovisual items and 1 week for most DVDs and Videos; the renewal period for Adult Feature DVDs is seven (7) days.
  • Renewals are available via the web or you can come into either location of the Library and renew in person, or by phone (248) 553-0300 during Library hours.

Returning Items

All library materials may be returned within our buildings during our normal operating hours, or by using the book return chutes, 24 hours a day.

Book return chutes are located at:

  • 12 Mile Location: on the east side of the building )Post Office side) near the delivery entrance.
  • Liberty Street Location: A book return box is located on the drive leading to Liberty St. between the Library and City Hall. A book chute is located on the east side of the building near the parking lot entrance but it is locked during open hours..

Print materials owned by the Farmington Community Library may also be returned to any library which is a member of our Cooperative, The Library Network.


Questions regarding items checked out, overdue, etc., may be answered by calling the Library at (248) 553-0300 or by  sending an email (

Reference questions may be directed to librarians in person, by phone, or via email

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