Michigan law protects the confidentiality of Library users’ records. The records and record of Library items you request or borrow can’t be shared with anyone without your consent, unless ordered by a court of law. Copies of the Michigan Library Privacy Act are available upon request at the Circulation desk. A valid Library card must be presented for access to any Library records and record of a person – minor or adult – named on the card.
Presenting a valid library card allows the cardholder the ability to check out items, view their account and pay their fees and fines. Without a valid card, the cardholder must show valid photo ID. If a parent or guardian wishes to look at the library record of a minor child, he or she must present the minor’s card. If the parent or the guardian does not have the minor’s library card, he or she must present a valid photo ID with his or her name and current address on it.
Upon registering your library card, you must read and agree to sign and abide by the following pledge:
“This library card permits me to borrow materials and use services from the Bloomfield Township Public Library. I agree to be financially responsible for all materials borrowed or services used through this card. I agree to abide by all library policies and regulations. This library card is subject to expiration. Responsibility for the choice of materials borrowed rests with the person whose signature appears on this pledge. It is the sole responsibility of the person to whom the Library card belongs for the return of items borrowed and fees and fines accumulated on the card.
Lending a library card to others or using your library card to check out items for others does not release the person names on the card – or the parents or guardian of a minor – from these responsibilities. It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to determine whether a minor may use a library card at BTPL. The Library assumes that permission to use a valid BTPL card has been assigned to the individual who is in possession of the card.”
Rights and Responsibilities of a Bloomfield Township Public Library Cardholder
Pursuant to the 1996 and 1998 amendments to the Library Privacy Act (PA 455 of 1982), the Bloomfield Township Public Library Board of Trustees will observe the following to assure the privacy of the library records of patrons, including minors:
- A valid Bloomfield Township Public Library card must be presented for access to any library records of the person, minor or adult, named on that card. Presenting a valid library card allows the holder of the card to check out materials and review the record of the person named on the card, including current materials checked out on the card as well as overdue materials.
- The library assumes that permission to use a valid Bloomfield Township Public Library card has been assigned to the individual who is in possession of the card.
- Lost or stolen Bloomfield Township Public Library cards must be reported immediately to the library in order to assure the privacy of the library records of the individual named on the card. Failure to report a lost or stolen card may result in materials, fines and fees being incurred on the card which will be the responsibility of the patron named on the card or the parent or guardian, if a minor.
- The materials, fines and fees accumulated on a library card will be the sole responsibility of the person, to whom the card belongs, or the financially responsible parent or guardian, if the card holder is a minor. Lending a library card to others or using a library card to check out materials for others does not release the person named on the card or the parent or guardian of a minor from responsibility for materials.
- All financial responsibility for library materials, fines and fees is held by the parent or guardian of a minor (minor defined as anyone under 18, unless declared legally independent) or by the adult to whom a card is issued. It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to determine whether a minor may use a library card at the Bloomfield Township Public Library.
- The signature on the application for registration for a library card at the Bloomfield Township Public Library constitutes written consent for the holder of the card–either the adult, or if a minor, the financially responsible parent or guardian of the minor-to carry out all of the privileges of possession of the library card.
Residents and employees of Bloomfield Township have special privileges, which require the use of a Bloomfield Township library card. These include the following:
- Accessing library databases outside the Library
- Using study rooms
- Using your library card to load money for the Library copy machines
- Placing holds on checked out and on shelf items at BTPL
- Placing MelCat and interlibrary loan requests
- Checking out Cranbrook passes at the Circulation desk
- Reserving meeting rooms
- Access to the Michigan Activity Pass
- Unlimited access to computers
Not a resident of Bloomfield Township? If you live within The Library Network (TLN) service area, you may register for a card at your home library first and then bring your home library card and a photo ID to register here.
Recently moved? Please bring a valid photo ID and a recently postmarked bill, mortgage papers or rental agreement with your name and new address.
A nonresident with a library card for a library that is located in his or her community, is a current member of The Library Network and offers reciprocal borrowing of privileges to Bloomfield Township Public Library cardholders may use his or her home library card to register at BTPL to borrow books and other materials, subject to BTPL policies and procedures.
Nonresidents who are not covered by a reciprocal borrowing agreement or a resident of The Library Network member library are welcome to visit and browse BTPL’s collections, attend certain public events or programs and use BTPL guest computers for a limited amount of time subject to BTPL policies and procedures but may not borrow books or other materials or be entitled to other limited or restricted library services.
Faculty, staff and students of the Cranbrook Educational Community
(CEC) are eligible to receive a blue and white key tag from the Bloomfield Township Public Library giving them borrowing privileges whether they reside on campus or not.
For CEC who reside on campus, their family members also are eligible for a blue and white key tag. Employees and staff must present either an ID badge or a pay check stub from CEC at the time of registration. Students must present either a current student ID or a class schedule. Family of faculty and staff must present the faculty or staff member’s ID at the time of registration.
Detroit Public Library and Troy Public Library card holders may be registered at this library with a valid photo ID.
If you are a resident of Bloomfield Township or work in or for Bloomfield Township, apply for a library card either online or at the Circulation desk. A nonresident with a library card for a library that is located in his or her community, is a current member of The Library Network and offers reciprocal borrowing privileges to Bloomfield Township Public Library cardholders may use his or her home library card to register at BTPL to borrow books and other materials, subject to BTPL policies and procedures.
You can register your library card either online or at the Circulation Desk. Cranbrook Education Community (Faculty, Staff and Students) and Detroit residents may register a card either online or at the Circulation desk. For more information about applying for or registering a library card click here.
Limit on Materials
Bloomfield Township residents and employees in and of Bloomfield Township, Birmingham, Cranbrook and Detroit card holders may check out up to 99 items. All other eligible card holders at the Bloomfield Township Public Library are limited to 10 items.
For all patrons, there is a limit of five video games per library card.
Updating Your Library Card
All library accounts expire and need to be regularly updated. Bloomfield Township residents and TLN non-residents must update their accounts every three years by birthdate. Bloomfield Township employees, Cranbrook Students / Faculty, Detroit and Troy residents must update their account every year by the date the account was created.
When your library card expires, all activity on the account will be blocked. In order to update your account, you must come to the Circulation desk and present current proof of residency and/or employment depending on your card type, as well as present a current photo ID.
All fines and fees accrued on an account must be paid IN FULL prior to updating an account.
Cranbrook’s centennial pass is available to borrow from the Library’s Circulation desk. Each pass provides unlimited general admission for two weeks to the bearer and one guest to Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook House & Gardens, Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Williams Natatorium during regular public hours. Two passes per family are allowed at one time.
For the Michigan Activity Pass & Detroit Zoo Tickets, please visit Other Services.
Only Bloomfield Township cardholders and residents of Birmingham may renew materials in our collection. There are NO RENEWALS FOR OTHER NON-RESIDENTS.
With the exception of magazines and interlibrary loan material, items borrowed may be renewed a total of three times as long as no one else is waiting to borrow the same item.
The renewal period will correspond to the original loan period. To serve all patrons better, Library items that have been requested by other patrons may not be renewed.
Items borrowed from another library may be renewed at the discretion of the lending library.
Items may be renewed on-line at www.btpl.org, over the telephone by calling the renewal line at (248) 593-4919 or in person with your valid library card at the Library.
How to renew online:
- Go to the BTPL website at www.btpl.org
- Click on ‘Account’
- Enter your name and library card barcode and click ‘submit’
- Scroll down to see the items checked out
- Click on the items you wish to renew
- Click on ‘renew selected items’
- The new due date will appear next to each item renewed or if an item can’t be renewed, a message indicating this will appear next to the item.
How to renew by telephone:
- A touch tone telephone is needed to renew Library items by telephone. Have your library card barcode number and the item barcodes in front of you before starting.
- Dial (248) 593-4919
- Enter your library card barcode number.
- Follow the instructions given using your telephone keypad to renew your items.
- A new due date will be given for each item renewed or, if an item can’t be renewed, a message will indicate this.
You may also call the library directly at (248) 642-5800. Please have your card number ready.
When you borrow from the Library, you will receive a list of the items you have borrowed showing the date these are due back to the Library. If you keep Library items beyond the due date, a late fee will be accessed. Please click here to see the schedule of fines and fees:Fines Fees 2016-2017 approved
Patrons with $15 or more in late fees or fines on their Library account will not be able to borrow any more items until these fees or fines are paid.
If Library items are returned damaged or missing pieces, you will be charged to replace the item plus a small processing fee.
To be notified by email you will receive Courtesy notifications (four days prior to due date), hold notifications, and overdue notifications. All email notifications come via email@example.com; please make sure this address is in your email address book if you want to receive email notifications.
Courtesy notices, received or not received, do not negate the responsibility of the patron for all fines. Failure to receive courtesy / overdue notices does not release the patron from paying the fines.
To be notified by phone you will receive hold notifications and overdue notifications.
Bloomfield Township residents and employees are eligible to place up to 99 items on hold.
Go to the library catalog and locate the specific record for the item you want held. Click on the “request” button, then enter your name and the barcode from your library card.
The library catalog will place the hold immediately if the item is eligible for holds. The catalog will give you a message if the item cannot be held.
If you plan to place holds on several items, sign on to your account and then click on “search the catalog.” When you locate the items you want held, click on “request,” and the system will remember your name and barcode number so you won’t have to type it over and over again. Be sure to click on the “Log Out” button when you are finished.
Items that can NOT be held
Reference materials, HITS books, HITS DVDs, and current issue magazines.
Notifications regarding holds
If there is a waiting list, the first person who placed a hold on that item will receive it. We own more than one copy of many popular titles. As a waiting list grows longer, librarians may decide to purchase additional copies to accommodate the waiting list.
HITS books as an alternative
- 7 days for everyone
- Overdue fines are $0.25 per day
- No holds
- No renewals
- Items must be checked in before the Library closes on the due date
HITS DVDs as an alternative
- 2 nights for Bloomfield Township residents; 1 night for non-residents
- Overdue fines are $1 per day for Bloomfield Township residents (up to $15); $2 per day for non-residents (up to $16)
- No holds
- No renewals
- Items must be checked in before the Library closes on the due date
MelCat is a service linked from our library catalog that allows you to search and request items in a joint catalog of many Michigan public and academic libraries. Loans through MelCat are available to residents and employees in Bloomfield Township.
- When searching for materials in our database, if you find that we do not have something you need, choose the MelCat button to see if the item can be requested through MelCat. If you find the item you need within the MelCat catalog, you can make an immediate request by clicking ‘Get This For Me.’ Select “Bloomfield Township Public Library” as your home library and enter your name and library barcode number.
You may renew some MelCat items by accessing your account online or calling the library at (248) 642-5800. There is no guarantee that a MelCat item will be renewed. The owning library of the item sent via MelCat sets the renewal policy.
Interlibrary loan material can NOT be returned in the automated drop box. The papers that circulate with this material could fall out of the item and be harmful to the system. Feel free to return interlibrary loan material in the manual drive up return or the walk up return.
If you lose a MelCat item, you may be responsible for that item’s replacement cost as determined by the lending library. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department as soon as possible at (248) 642-5800 (ext 153). We will contact the lending library to see what the cost to replace the item will be.
Please do NOT purchase outside replacements; most libraries do not accept these. We have no control over the policies of other libraries and must abide by them if we are to stay in good standing with MelCat.
Canceling a Request
Items already in transit cannot be cancelled. Requested items can be cancelled by calling the library at 248-642-5800 and ask for the interlibrary loan department. You can also cancel your own MelCat requests by signing on to your library account online.
Processing / Shipping Time
The time it takes for an item to arrive via MelCat depends upon each lending library’s processing and shipping times. We will notify you when your request has arrived and the item will be held for five days. If you need something right away, the librarians at Adult or Youth Services may be able to direct you to a library nearby that has the materials you need.
If you can not find an item in MelCat, please see a librarian at the Adult or Youth Services desk. They can attempt to place an ALA request for rarer items. There is a $10 processing fee per request for this service, as well as any fees per the lending library. It can take several weeks for these requests to be processed, depending on library response time, shipping, and availability of the item.