Wondering how long you can keep your checked-out materials? Take a look at the chart below to get 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? Consider requesting it through MeL or Interlibrary Loan. You can also put in a Purchase Suggestion and our librarians will consider adding the item to Baldwin’s collection.
|Item Type||Loan Period||Daily Overdue||Renewal allowed?*|
|Hot Picks Books*||2 weeks||$0.20||No|
|Hot Picks DVDs & BluRays*||2 weeks||$1.00||No|
|Feature, TV Series, Classic & World DVDs & BlueRays||1 week||$1.00||Yes|
|Video Games*||1 week||$1.00||Yes|
|Youth Holiday Materials||1 week||$0.20||No|
|Battle Books & Audiobooks||1 week||$0.20||No|
|Non-fiction & Exercise DVDs||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|
|Book Club Books||5 weeks||$0.20||Yes, only once|
|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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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:
• Holiday Books (limit of 6)
• Toys (limit of 1 per child)
• Puppets (limit of 2 per child)
• Video games (limit of 2)
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 holds.
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.
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9:30am - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday
12:00pm - 5:00pm
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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
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November 22 - Closing at 5:30 pm
November 23 - Thanksgiving
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 15 - Open for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 1 - Easter
May 26-28 - Memorial Day Weekend
July 4 - Independence Day
September 1-3 - Labor Day Weekend