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Every three years library cards "expire". This just means that the library wants to verify your information (phone number, address, emails, etc.). When the library is open you may come in with your drivers license and staff will renew your card. If you are out of town and trying to check out digital material you can call the library at 616-772-0874 if no information has changed.
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In order to obtain a library card, you must currently be a resident of Zeeland City, Zeeland Township, Olive Township, or Blendon Township. We can also create cards for Herrick District Library in Holland. The requirements for children and adults are listed below:
Adults: Adults may obtain a library card if they present a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan ID displaying their current address. You may also provide a piece of official mail/form showing current address. Official mail/forms would include a tax bill, a utility bill, voter registration, or printed check. Other forms of ID are acceptable if your address is listed. You must be over 18 to obtain an adult card.
Children: Parent or legal guardian of the child must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan ID with a current address. The parent or guardian must be present to sign for the library card. People aged 16-17 still require a parent or guardian’s signature.
Student Cards: Children living in the Howard Miller Public Library service area who do not currently have a standard library card with a co-signer are eligible to apply for a limited use, student card without a co-signer provided. Child must be able to provide full home address, birthdate and phone number or email address. These cards only allow 3 print youth material checkouts. They have full access to Howard Miller Public Library’s digital collection. They can be upgraded to a full-use card with all privileges given to standard card holders with a co-signer signature at any time.
Non-residents: Non-residents may obtain a library card with a current Michigan Driver’s license/Michigan ID or proof of Michigan temporary residence. The fee for a non-resident is $50.00 per year (cash or check only). These non-resident cards are only valid through the Howard Miller Public Library.
Updated on 10/2/2020
There are multiple apps associated with the library:
MyLibrary: This app is your ticket to the library in your pocket! You can:
Libby: Libby is one of our digital resources apps. You can check out ebooks, comic books, downloadable audiobooks, and magazines. You can borrow from libraries across the state using Libby too! Watch tutorials on using Libby here.
hoopla: hoopla is another digital resource app. With your Howard Miller library card you can check out 3 items a month. The types of downloadables available on hoopla include television shows, movies, music albums, audiobooks, ebooks, and comic books! Watch tutorials on using hoopla here.
Beanstack: Beanstack allows you to keep track of the books you've read and participate in various challenges. This is a fun and laid-back way to safely participate in library programs throughout the year! Beanstack is also a website, you do not need the app to participate.
Here at the Howard Miller Public Library we use a service called Shoutbomb for library alerts. Shoutbomb allows patrons to see when their holds are ready, which holds are ready, and where to pick up the holds! You can also see which items are due in 3 days and which are overdue. This system also allows for renewal of books that are due in 3 days or less. Renewals might not always work for various reasons. If this happens please check the catalog or call us.
It’s so easy to sign up!
To add a family member's card just text ADDCARD+[Your library card number]+[Your 4 digit PIN]. To add multiple cards you need to send multiple messages.
Change your PIN? You need to update it on Shoutbomb! Text NEWPASS+[Your library card number]+[NEW PIN].
Here are the commands Shoutbomb uses:
Use this link to sign up for email notifications. You need to know your library card number and four digit PIN to sign up for emails.
NOTE: To unsubscribe, remove your email address when you sign into your account.
There are many ways to renew your items!
Automatic renewal happens 3 days before your item is due. If your item is renewed it will show the new due date based on the original due date. So if your movie is due on April 4 and is automatically renewed it will now be due on April 11! If it is a book, it will be due on April 25. See below for an email example of an automatic renewal notification.
Most items can be renewed, but some, like our feature film DVDs and Express books, cannot.
To check out materials at the Howard Miller Public Library, you library card must be present. You may use Self Checkout if you have your ID or have your card memorized. We are required to ask verifying information if you bring your library card up to the front desk.
The Howard Miller Public Library is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. Borrowing privileges of your card extend beyond walls of this library to 82 area libraries. This means that you may visit other libraries within the cooperative to check out materials, or request that materials be sent to the Howard Miller Public Library for pick up. Names and addresses of libraries within the cooperative can be found at the Lakeland Library Cooperative website. PIN number is required to place items on hold.
Updated on 02/27/2019
There are a few reasons that you might not be able check out materials from our library (physical or digital). These include:
To see the Lakeland Library Cooperative Circulation Policies (Revised June 2017) click here.
Absolutely! The Library welcomes gifts of materials with the following guidelines:
1. The Library retains the right to dispose of all materials at its own discretion.
2. Materials must meet established selection criteria of the library.
3. Donated items should be in good condition. Donations to the library are valid Federal Income Tax Deduction.
However, please note the following points:
1. A form will serve as a receipt signed by library staff for donation.
2. The library cannot assume responsibility for valuing gifts.
3. In the event of a tax audit, the burden of proof for the claimed value of the donation rests with the donor.