Leelanau Township Library

Library Policies

The following policies govern how our library is used.

Circulation and Borrowing Privileges

Library Cards

To be eligible for Library privileges, each Library borrower will be issued a free Library Card upon applying.  Appropriate identification will be required at the time of registration.  Acceptable forms of identification include a valid driver’s license, learner’s permit, a state-issued identification card, a current school identification card, or a parent or responsible adult using the above identification for a child’s card.  In the case of a minor, any restrictions placed on the use of the collection are the responsibility of the parent or guardian of such minor.  Due to the wide variety of child-rearing practices, neither the Library staff, nor the Township Board can fairly act in loco parentis concerning the Library’s borrowers who are under eighteen years of age.  Therefore, the access of children to the adult collection and/or to particular titles in the juvenile collections shall not be restricted. 

Residents, nonresident visitors, nonresident local property owners, and nonresidents employed in the area, are eligible to take out a Library Card without a fee. 

While it is preferred that a Library Card be presented when checking out materials, the Library recognizes that there will be times when a borrower does not have their Card available.  A registered borrower may check out materials without a Library Card upon presentation of proof of identification, or by familiarity with the staff at the circulation desk.

Loan and Limits 

The Library establishes standard loan periods and limits for the following materials:

·       Books – 2 weeks – limit 5 from the new cart – otherwise unlimited

 ·       Audio books – 2 weeks – limit 5

·       CD music – 2 weeks – limit 5

·       Magazines – 1 week - limit 5 current – otherwise unlimited

·       Videos: DVD – 3 to 7 days (must join Video Club) –limit 5

·       Videos: TV Programs – 1 week (must join Video Club) – limit 2 sets


Books, audio books, CDs, TV Programs, and magazines may be renewed unless the item is on reserve.  Renewals may be made by phone, online using our Internet Public Access Catalog, or at the circulation desk. Current videos (within one year) may not be renewed.  Older videos may be renewed free of charge, unless they are on reserve.


Books, paperback rack books, audio books, magazines, CDs, and TV Programs may be reserved.  Items currently checked out may be reserved at the circulation desk, by phone or online using our Internet Public Access Catalog.  Library borrowers will be notified by phone or email when an item becomes available for pick-up.  The material will be held for three days on the Reserve Shelf. If the item is not picked up, it will be released back into circulation.

Video Collection 

Cardholders must be video club members to borrow videos.  A one-time fee of $5.00 is charged to video club members.  Only one family member needs to join the video club to activate the remaining family members.  A $1.00 fee will be charged for movies or entertainment videos.  Non-fiction documentaries, Family, Musicals, and Children’s videos, as identified in the collection, will be free to Video Club Members.   The checkout period will be from three to seven days, depending on the type of video and the day they are checked out.  New videos (purchased within one year) may not be renewed.  TV Programs may be reserved, and if no one is waiting they may be renewed. All other videos may not be reserved.  The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings are not available for all videos. Borrowers will be responsible for items selected for home viewing and should preview materials when in doubt of their suitability for children or young adults.

Overdrive Up North digital collection:

Overdrive policies are set by Overdrive and the Up North Digital Consortium, of which the library is a member.  The most current policies are available on the Up North Digital Consortium website.

Special Loan Periods

Special loan periods are available upon request for most materials in our collection.  Restrictions apply when the item in question is on reserve or a high demand item.

Interlibrary Loans

We encourage our borrowers to use the MeLCat Interlibrary loan system.  The number of items allowed for check out is determined by the MeLCat system.  When items are picked up at the library, the due date will be displayed on the material.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are intended for in-library use.  Overnight check out of reference materials may be arranged with the library staff for borrowers needing more time to use reference materials.  Staff will provide guidance in locating materials for borrowers who appear in person or request information by telephone or through correspondence.  Information in the form of short answers to specific questions will also be provided.  Information given will be factual, and staff will refrain from interpretation.  Staff may consult resource agencies by telephone on behalf of Library users when appropriate, and may refer Library users to other libraries for assistance.

Fines and Fees

The Library does not fine for returned overdue materials. Borrowers, by act of checking out materials, accept full responsibility for all materials borrowed, including damage, loss, or non-return.  Borrowers will be charged replacement costs for unreturned materials. The library will take measures to recover overdue materials. When one person violates the library loan rules, that person takes unfair advantage of community resources.

Friendly Reminder Notice

A friendly reminder notice will be sent out when material is one week overdue.  A second notice will be sent the third week and a bill will follow in the fourth week.  If the library director cannot resolve the matter, it will be referred to the Leelanau Township Board.  Theft or non-return of Library materials is a misdemeanor, punishable by law.  Legal action may be taken if due notice is given and ignored.

Damaged Material

Library users are responsible for all materials checked out on their card and are liable for any damages that may occur to library materials.  If there is damage to library materials that does not make the material unusable, (i.e. markings, binding or cover damage, minor water damage), appropriate charges may be assessed.  The library will notify the borrower of charges for the replacement of damaged materials.  Substitute materials provided by the customer that exactly match the damaged materials will be accepted.  There is a processing fee added for each item that needs to be replaced.


The library charges fees for certain services. There is a .15 per page charge for computer printouts and wireless printing.  The Friends charge .15 for photocopies.

Fine Limits

Any Library user whose fines for replacement value of unreturned materials exceed $100.00 shall forfeit borrowing privileges until materials are returned or replacement fines are paid.  Borrowers experiencing unusual difficulty in returning their materials or paying their fines should inform the Library staff and work out a repayment schedule. 

Parent/Guardian Responsiblities

Parental Responsibility
The Library maintains that parents/guardians have the right and responsibility to restrict their children's access to Library resources. Parents who do not want their children to have access to certain Library services, materials or facilities should so advise their children. Library staff cannot assume the role of parents/guardians or the functions of parental authority in the private relationship between parent/guardian and child.

Use of the Library by Children
Parents/guardians and caregivers are encouraged to share the Library with their children. In the interest of maintaining a safe and effective Library environment, children under eight (8) years of age may not be left unattended at the Library. Children under eight (8) must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caregiver who is at least twelve (12) years of age. Library staff may take action they deem appropriate and necessary when a child is unattended.


Theft or non-return or willful damage of Library materials is a misdemeanor, an offence punishable by law (Michigan Penal Code, Act 328 of 1931).  Legal action may be taken if due notice is given and ignored.


eBooks & eAudiobooks 


MeLCat Interlibrary Loan

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