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About the Library
Located on the first floor of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, the Rotunda is a free, public gallery, and is open during regular library hours. The exhibit space is managed cooperatively by the Dearborn Library Commission and the Dearborn Community Arts Council. Exhibits and installations are overseen by the Padzieski Art Gallery Coordinator. Artists are invited to submit proposals for art exhibitions. For more information please visit the DCAC website, or contact them via the DCAC contact page.
For contact information, click here.
For Donation information please visit our Donations Page, the link to which can also be found within the footer at the bottom of the page.
Contact Children’s Services at 313-943-2345 to set up a tour of the library.
To volunteer at the Dearborn Public Library click here.
To access your account please go to My Account page.
All the Dearborn Public Libraries have copy machines and the fee for printing is 20 cents per page. HFCL also has a color copier that costs $1.00 per page, as well as microfilm/fiche reader/printers for 20 cents per page.
Our fax machine is located at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Domestic faxes are $1.75 for the first page, $1.00 for each additional page. International faxes are $3.95 for the first page, $3.45 for each additional page. The machine only sends outgoing faxes and accepts payment via credit card.
HFCL has several group study rooms. Please sign in at the Adult Reference Desk. Availability is on a first come, first served basis. At least two members of the group need to be present when the room is signed out and ID will need to be left at the Adult Reference Desk.
Internet access is available to the public at all Dearborn Public Libraries. Access is on a first come, first served basis with a 30 minute time limit if others are waiting. All Internet users must have either a Dearborn Public Library card, a Dearborn Internet User card ($20.00 for 6 months or $35 annually) or a Limited Internet Pass ($2.00/day). Printing is available and there is a per sheet charge.
Get help using the Overdrive Media Console?
There is one typewriter available at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. It is available for free, but only on a first-come, first-served basis. You must supply your own paper.
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, publisher and PowerPoint) is available on all public Internet computers at all Dearborn Public Libraries. We recommend you bring a USB memory device to save your work, although we sell USB flash drives if you need one. Ask at the HFCL Reference Desk for assistance.
To get a library card, go to any Dearborn Public Library. Please bring proof of address (driver’s license or state identification card). You will be asked to complete an application form. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must give their written consent on the application form before a new card is issued. If a child does not have proof of address, the parent or legal guardian must provide proof of address.
You can fill out an online application prior to coming to the library by downloading it here.
Free cards are issued to:
- Dearborn residents
- Non-resident Dearborn taxpayers and their family members residing at the same address Proof of current payment of City of Dearborn taxes is required.
- Family members residing at the same address as non-resident paid cardholders
- Non-residents who live in the Dearborn School District
- Non-residents who are currently employed at a business located in the city or school district of Dearborn. You are required to present:
- A letter on official letterhead stationery from their Dearborn employer (this form may be from the personnel office) which verifies employment.
- Valid proof of residential address with photo ID.
- Please note: Family members at the same address are NOT eligible for a card.
- Non-residents who attend an educational institution in the city or school district of Dearborn. You must present picture ID with valid proof of address and one of the items described below to verify attendance. Note: Any credit class (example: English as a second language, GED, Job Skills training) is acceptable.
- Current school ID with indication of current semester enrollment
- Letter from school verifying attendance
- Current school report card
- Copy of tuition receipt
- Copy of current transcript
- Please note: Family members at the same address are NOT eligible for a card; children enrolled in daycare or preschool facilities in the City of Dearborn are NOT eligible for a card.
- Non-resident City of Dearborn employees and their family members residing at the same address
- Dearborn Heights residents
The cost is $80.00 per year. With proof of address, family members residing at the same address receive a free card.
Report loss or theft of the library card to any Dearborn Public Library immediately. This will prevent the card from being used. Until a library card is reported lost or stolen, you are financially responsible for all materials checked out with your card.
PIN numbers can be reset in person at the reference desk, identification is required. Reminder: Library card PIN numbers are the last 4 digits of your phone number by default.
You do not need to visit the library to renew your material. However, material may only be renewed if there is no waiting list for them. You may call our automated renewal computer, TLC, by dialing 313-943-3091. You will need your library card number and your PIN in order to use TLC. Additionally, material may be renewed through the library catalog on our web site at www.dearbornlibrary.org, using your library card number and PIN. You may also call the Circulation Desk of any Dearborn Public Library to renew your material.
- HFCL 313-943-2325
- Bryant 313-943-4091
- Esper 313-943-4096
Items can only be renewed two (2) times and overdue material or late charges may prevent renewal. If material is renewed after the due date, appropriate overdue fines will be assessed.
Any Dearborn Public Library material can be returned to any Dearborn Public Library. The material will be returned to the home agency via the Library messenger. You may request material from one Dearborn Public Library to be sent to another Dearborn Public Library for you to pick up.
What is MeLCat?
- MeLCat is a state-wide resource sharing system. Books not available in our system may be borrowed from other libraries in Michigan.
Who can use MeLCat?
- Registered Dearborn Public Library cardholders with accounts in good standing may use MeLCat.
- Cardholders must have an email address on their library account. MeLCat will send an email when a book is ready for pick up. Special arrangements may be made for patrons with no email address.
How does MeLCat work?
- Visit mel.org to search, place requests, renew materials, review account status, and cancel requests that have not shipped. No holds are allowed as only available items are able to be requested.
To place a request:
- Access the MeLCat website: mel.org and click MeLCat at the top of the page.
- Select the search criteria: keyword, author, title, or series title. Type in the information.
- Click the Search
- A list of material will appear. Click on a title for more information. When the item needed is located, click on Get this item from MeLCat.
- Select Dearborn Public Library as your home library and enter your name (first name followed by last name or last name, first name; it works either way) and library card number.
- Click the Submit
- To request a renewal log into MyMeLCat , check the box next to the item you want to renew, and click the Renew Selected
What can be borrowed?
- Books that are not available in the Dearborn Public Library system can be borrowed.
- Journals, magazines, and audio-visual material (DVDs, CDs) cannot be requested.
- Users are allowed 50 total active requests at a time. This includes requested book, books checked out to you, and books waiting to be checked back in.
- The standard loan period is 3 weeks. The loan period starts the moment the book arrives in our building. One renewal (for another 3 weeks) may be requested but is never guaranteed. A renewal request may only be attempted during the 7-day period before the book is due.
How long will it take to get the book?
- The average time for processing and shipping is 10-14 working days. This time may vary and you are encouraged to check the status of your request by logging into MyMeLCat. Any requests that are not filled within 25 days are automatically cancelled and MeLCat will notify you by email.
Where are items picked up and returned?
- After MeLCat requests arrive and are processed they are held behind the Circulation desk at Henry Ford Centennial Library for 10 days. You must pick up and return their items to that desk only. MeLCat items may not be returned to the drop box or branch libraries.
- Please do not remove any labels or stickers from the books. These are needed to return the items to the lending library.
- Your MeLCat record will not show on your Dearborn Public Library record.
Research and Resources
To call, text, chat, or email please go to our Ask a Librarian page.
Book club kits are designed to help you hold your own book discussions. You can check out up to two kits per card for 45 days. Each kit is in a convenient canvas bag and generally includes 10 copies of the book and materials for facilitating conversations.
Kits are located at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Book club kits page.
Bookletters can be subscribed to on our Bookletters signup page.
Yes, please follow the link to our Obituary Request Page for more information.
Stickers are available at the HFCL Adult Reference Desk.
All libraries have copies of most forms for Federal and Michigan taxes as well as for the city of Detroit during tax season- please contact the library for information about which forms are currently available. Additionally, all libraries have current reproducible forms that you may photocopy. HFCL has reproducible sets for the last seven years. Tax forms are also available online through the library’s Internet connection.