Both FCL locations will be closed Sunday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 5, in observation of Independence Day. Both locations will reopen on Wednesday, July 6, at 9 a.m.

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Borrowing Items

  • Find/ Get Items
  • Holds / Reserves
  • Library Cards
  • Loan Periods
  • My Account (Borrowing Items)
  • Fine-Free FCL
  • Renewals
  • Returning Items
  • Questions?

Find and Obtain Items to Check Out

Holds / Reserves

Residents, property holders, and cardholders of TLN member libraries are able to place holds on *most materials at no charge from our catalog. Please see our Circulation desk for questions. When materials are available, notification will be provided by phone or by email. Items will be held for 7 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

WiFi Hotspots

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.

Farmington Community Library Goes "Fine-Free"

FCL is now fine free. We no longer charge overdue fines on late items. This ensures that all people have equitable access to library books and materials, which is one of our core values as a public library. We understand that many situations beyond your control could cause delay in returning our borrowed items, and such situations should not stop you from being able to use YOUR library's collection.

On Thursday, August 13, 2020 the Farmington Community Library Board of Trustees passed a vote to eliminate the practice of charging overdue fines. Effective August 17, 2020, no patron will be charged overdue fines by FCL. Existing overdue fines will be waived from all library cardholder accounts.

How will it make your library experience better?

  • You will no longer incur a daily overdue fine on late items.
  • Any existing overdue fines will be waived on all library cardholder accounts on August 17, 2020.
  • You are still responsible for returning your items. We do want our materials back so they can be enjoyed by more patrons!
  • The library will send you a series of reminders to return your items.
  • Items that are overdue by 45 days or more will be considered "lost", and you will be billed for them. If you return the items, the corresponding fee charged will be cleared from your account.
  • If you are unable to return the item or do not return it in the condition as borrowed, you will be responsible for the replacement cost of a lost or damaged item.
  • Interlibrary loan items may have different guidelines due to items coming from other libraries. Please watch for additional information regarding interlibrary loan items.

Reminder schedule

  • 1st Overdue Notice - 7 days
  • 2nd Overdue Notice - 14 days
  • 3rd Overdue Notice - 21 days
  • Billed as 'lost' item - 45 days
  • Sent to Collections - 75 days if still not returned


  • 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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