300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

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 5/3/2021 RETURNED ITEMS WILL BE QUARANTINED FOR 24 hours. We ask that you wait three 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

Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


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
Magazines 1 week $0.20 Yes
Battle and Birbery Books & Audiobooks 1 week $0.20 Yes
Youth Holiday DVDs 1 week $1.00 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
Youth Holiday Books 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Puppets 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Toys 3 weeks $0.20 Yes
Launchpads 3 weeks $0.20 No
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. Replacement costs for MeL and Interlibrary Loan items are set by the lending library, not by Baldwin, and must be paid with a check or money order made out to the lending library.  Visit our page “Pay fines online” for more detailed information about fines and fees.

Click Here to Pay Fines Online

Item Limits

We do not limit the number of items checked out, except in select instances noted below.

• Youth holiday materials (limit of 10)
• 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 Baldwin’s 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, a notice 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 contact the Library and provide the name of the person who is authorized to pick up materials on your behalf. This permission may be revoked at any time by contacting Library staff.

Reciprocal cardholders may not place holds, but may call to have on-shelf items pulled and held for three days.  Contact Adult Services at 248-554-4650 or Youth Services at 248-554-4670.


Free Parking in Chester Street Deck through June 30

Metered street parking around Library

Free Parking on Sundays



300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Closures:

May 29 - 31, 2021: Memorial Day Weekend

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