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How do I get a Hillsdale Community Library card?

Depending on your residency status (see our Library Card Policy), all you need to do to get a free library card is bring in your picture ID and fill out a brief form. You'll be ready to check out books as soon as we put you in our computer system.

Can I get a card online?
You can get the form to apply for a card by downloading it from our website; however, we do not have the capability of verifying your address or adding you to our computer system at this time through the internet.

How can I recommend that the library purchase specific books, videos, CDs and other materials?
We're happy to investigate materials you'd like to see in the library. Either leave a message at the front desk, give us a call, or send us an email with information on the items you'd like to see added to the collection.  Please submit your full name, address, and library card number when submitting your recommendation.

I am doing genealogy research. Where do I find genealogy material in the Hillsdale area?

You can use one of our public access computers to search the world's largest online history resource, Ancestry.com. You can also contact the Friends of the Mitchell Research Center next door in the Mitchell building (next door to the library) for local information.

I have looked in the Hillsdale Community Library catalog and the library does not own the materials I am looking for. How can I get these materials?
Ask at the front desk and we may be able to order what you're looking for through our interlibrary loan system. It may take a little time, but we usually can find the materials in another library.

Does the library have computers that the public can access?
We currently have ten computers designated for public access. Each computer has access to the internet as well as to other standard software titles.

Can I access the library network with my laptop?
The library offers wireless access to the internet and to the card catalog. If you need help connecting to the network, please ask at the front desk.

Please call 517.437.6470 during library hours if you prefer to talk to someone directly.