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Library Card

Everyone is welcome to visit the library, attend programs, and use the many onsite resources. Having a library membership gives you the additional benefit of borrowing books, movies, music and more to take home. Members of the library, with the exception of reciprocal borrowers, also have access to MeLCat, databases, and additional electronic services, such as free e-books, streaming media, and downloadable music.

Who can get a PDL Card?

Residents

If you reside within the City of Portage (or the portion of Texas and Pavilion Townships within the Portage School District), you qualify for a free Portage District Library Card. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact the Checkout Desk of the Library for clarification.

Businesses/Property Owners

If you own property or a business within the City of Portage (or the portion of Texas and Pavilion Townships within the Portage School District), you qualify for a free limited use Portage District Library Card. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact the Checkout Desk of the Library for clarification.

Educators

If you are employed as an educator at an educational facility located within the Portage Library District boundaries and do not qualify for a resident or reciprocal membership, you can get a free limited use membership by providing appropriate documentation of employment.

Portage Public School Students (Library P.A.S.S.)

If you are a student currently enrolled in the Portage Public Schools, you will be automatically registered for a free limited use membership, unless a parent/guardian chooses to opt-out of participation in this program. Your student number provides access to library services.

Residents of a library with reciprocal access

Don’t reside or own property in our district? You can qualify for a free card if you live in, and have a resident membership, with a library district that has arranged for reciprocal access with the Portage District Library. We have agreements with most libraries in Kalamazoo County. Find libraries that qualify for reciprocal borrowing privileges.

Non-residents

For the ability to checkout library materials as a non-resident of our district, you may purchase an annual membership card at the library. If you are 62 years of age or older, you qualify for a 50% discount on a non-resident membership. Check our fee schedule for current rates.

Visitors

We offer a free internet access card to individuals visiting the community.

How do I get a card?

Registering for a library card must be done in person. As part of the process, we are trying to verify your identity and residence. Some membership types may require additional information. Portage Public School students enrolled through the Library P.A.S.S. program are not issued a physical library card unless they request one in person at the Youth Information Desk.

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