Obtaining a Resident Baldwin Library Card

Signing up for a Baldwin Library card gives you more than the ability to check out an unlimited number of books, CDs, and DVDs - it also gives you access to eBooks, free downloadable music, free digital magazines, access to premium research resources like Consumer Reports, privileges at dozens of libraries in Oakland County, and more.

You are eligible for a Baldwin Public Library card if: You reside, own property, or work in Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, or Bloomfield Hills

To register for a library card, you must fill out a library card application form and apply in person with appropriate documentation.

Residents

To apply for a library card, stop by the Circulation Desk. You’ll need to bring valid photo identification (driver’s license, passport, state identification) with your current address. If you’ve recently moved or your identification does not reflect your current address, please bring an official piece of mail with your name and current address along with your picture identification. Resident cards expire every 3 years and must be renewed in person by showing proof of your current address.

Employees

If you work in our service area (Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms or Bloomfield Hills) you are eligible for a Baldwin card. You’ll need to bring current proof of your employment (paycheck stub or letter from your employer) and something with your current home address. Please note that Baldwin cards are issued only to the individual employed in our service area. Employee cards expire every 12 months and must be renewed in person by showing proof of your current employment.

Property owners

If you own property in our service area (Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms or Bloomfield Hills) you are eligible for a Baldwin card. You’ll need to bring current proof of your property ownership (for example, tax receipt for property or deed) and something with your current home address. Please note that Baldwin cards are issued only to the individual(s) named on the document showing property ownership. Property owner cards expire every 3 years and must be renewed in person by showing proof of your current property ownership.

Other Libraries

If you are not entitled to a Baldwin Library card, you may still be able to use the card issued by your home library to check out materials at Baldwin. If your home library is a member of The Library Network, you can register your library card with us. Troy residents with a Troy Public Library card are also able to register their cards at Baldwin. To register, you will need to provide your home library card and photo ID showing your current address.

Baldwin participates in The Library Network (TLN) cooperative. If your home library is part of TLN, and offers reciprocal borrowing privileges, you can use your card here at Baldwin. Reciprocal cards expire every 3 years and must be renewed in person by showing proof of your current address.

Item Limits

If you have a Baldwin Library Card, there is no limit to the total number of items you may have checked out at one time. You are limited to a certain number of particular items, noted below.

All other users are may have a maximum of 8 items checked out at one time. While there may be a total of 8 items checked out, other limits apply to certain types of material.

All cardholders can only check out a limited number of the following items:

  • Holiday Books (limit of 6)
  • Toys (limit of 1)
  • Puppets (limit of 2)
  • Video games (limit of 2)