Borrowing

Library Cards

The Otsego District Library serves the residents of Alamo Township, the City of Otsego, Otsego Township, Trowbridge Township and Watson Township. Any resident of the Otsego District Public Library legal area may apply for a library card. A card will be issued, upon showing proof of residency in the legal service area. Anyone applying for a library card must show some form of identification, (preferably a photo ID) with his or her current address printed on it.
 
Minors (children 17 years of age and younger) cannot apply for a library card without parent or legal guardian present. When applying for a library card a parent or legal guardian must sign an application giving permission to for the minor to check out library materials and to use library computers iwth internet access. These applications are available at the circulation desk.
Your library card is free, however each patron is granted one free replacement card. After the replacement card has been issued a charge of $3 will be assigned for further lost card(s).

The Otsego District Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with several libraries. Residents must first receive a card from their "home" library in order to receive a card from the Otsego District Library. The following libraries have reciprocal borrowing agreements with Otsego: Allegan, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Martin (J.C. Wheeler Public Library), Parchment, Plainwell (Ransom District Library), and the Van Buren County Library System.

Fines
Overdue Books (Including New Materials), Books on CD, Music CDs, and Magazines are charged a fine of .15 per day, per item for each day the Library is open.
Overdue DVD's are charged a fine of $1.00 for each day the Library is open.

 
Interlibrary Loans
The Library offers the specialized service of interlibrary loan available to all patrons residing in the Library's legal service area. This is a free, do-it-yourself and easy-to-use service. Simply visit the Michigan eLibrary at www.mel.org and search for your needed materials. Then, request the material and select the Otsego District Public Library as your home library from the pull-down list. The system will require you to enter your name and library card number. Please enter those items in the following manner: Jane Doe, P 0012345. The library card number must be typed with a capital "P", followed by a space, two zeros, and then the five-digit number on the back of your library card.

Loan Periods
3 Week - 

Adult / Juvenile / Childrens Fiction, Non-fiction, Audio Books
2 Weeks - Adult NEW Fiction
1 Week - "Hot Spot" New Fiction, Magazines, DVDs 
 
Renewing Materials
This may be done in person, by phone (269-694-9690) or by logging into your online account