Borrowing Information

Wondering how long you can keep your checked-out materials? Take a look at the chart below to become familiar with our loan periods, fine structure and renewal policies.

If you need an item that is currently checked out, see below for information about placing a hold.

Want an item that isn’t owned by Baldwin?  Try requesting it through MeL or Interlibrary Loan.  You can also submit a Purchase Suggestion and our librarians will consider adding the item to Baldwin’s collection.

 *AS OF 9/8/2020 RETURNED ITEMS WILL BE QUARANTINED FOR SEVEN DAYS. We ask that you wait nine days after you have returned items before you contact us about any item still listed on your account.  At that time we will be more than happy to investigate.

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

The Library is open for Grab & Go service:

Monday to Thursday
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
12:00 - 5:00 pm

Item Type Loan Period Daily Overdue Renewal allowed?+
Hot Picks Books* 2 weeks $0.20 No
Hot Picks DVDs & BluRays* 2 nights $1.00 No
Feature, Classic, and World DVDs, BluRays, & 4KBlu-Rays 1 week $1.00 Yes
Video Games* 1 week $1.00 Yes
Youth Holiday Materials 1 week $0.20 Yes
Battle Books & Audiobooks 1 week $0.20 No
Magazines 1 week $0.20 Yes
TV Series DVDs, BluRays, & 4KBlu-Rays 2 weeks $1.00 Yes
Books 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Audiobooks 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Nonfeature and Exercise DVDs, BluRays, & 4KBlu-Rays 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Youth Series DVDs 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Music CDs 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Youth Magazines 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Launchpads 3 weeks $0.20 No
Puppets 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Toys 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Book Club Books 5 weeks $0.20 Yes
Mel & Interlibrary Loan Varies $0.20 Varies

*Hot Picks items and Video Games are free for Baldwin cardholders; they cost $2.00 for non-Baldwin cardholders.
+Most eligible items may have four renewals.

Patrons with fines and fees totaling $10.00 or greater will have their library privileges suspended. Please note that lost/damaged items incur a charge for both the full replacement cost and a processing fee.

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Item Limits

Baldwin cardholders aren’t limited to the number of items checked out, except in select instances noted below. Reciprocal cardholders are limited to a maximum of eight items at a time, and must also adhere to our additional limits below.

These limits apply to all Patrons, Baldwin and non-Baldwin cardholders:
• Youth holiday materials (limit of 10 for Baldwin patrons, 8 for non-Baldwin patrons)
• Video games (limit of 6)


Are you a Baldwin cardholder looking for an item that’s not available when you need it? Place a hold!  Holds can be placed on any item except Hot Picks books, Hot Picks DVDs/BluRays, or puppets.

Holds can be placed in person, by phone, or online. To place a hold online, search the catalog and select the title you would like to place on hold. Type in your library barcode (or Alt ID) and PIN. You will then be given instructions to complete the process.

If you have an email address registered at the library, you will receive email notification when the item is available for you; otherwise, it will be mailed to you. Holds last for one week and may be picked up from the hold shelf across from the Circulation Desk. You may use our self-check machines to check out Baldwin items on hold for you.

If you wish to have someone pick up a hold that has been placed on your account, you must complete and sign our Written Consent Form of Use of Library Card.


Free Parking in Chester Street Deck through March 31

Metered street parking around Library

Free Parking on Sundays



300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

The Library is open for Grab & Go service.

Monday to Thursday
9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday
9:30 am - 5:30pm

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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