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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are your hours?

See the Hours page for current hours at each library.

When are my books due?

You can find due dates by logging in to your account, calling the automated line at 313-943-3091, or calling any library.

How long can I keep my books?

See the Circulation Policy for check out periods on books and other materials.

Can I pay fines online?

Yes- log in here with your library card number and PIN to make an online payment.

How do I request a book?

To suggest material you would like to see added to the library collection please visit the Suggest a Purchase Page. To have us pull items from the collection and hold them at the Checkout Desk for you, log in to your account and search the catalog. When you find the item you would like, click the orange Place Hold button.

Do you have study rooms?

At Henry Ford Centennial Library, individual study rooms are located on the second and third levels, and are available to anyone on a first come first served basis. Collaboration Rooms for groups of 2 or more (one group member must be at least 18 years old with ID) are available on the third level, first come first served- ask a staff member for access. 

At Esper Branch Library, rooms are available first come first serve for visitors at least 18 years old- ask a staff member for access. 

Do you have interlibrary loan?

Yes- the Dearborn Public Library participates in MeLCat which allows Dearborn residents to request items with their library cards from 400 other libraries throughout Michigan and pick them up at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Learn more on the MeLCat page.

Users with a Dearborn Library Card may also borrow from area libraries in The Library Network (TLN): TLN Participating Communities List (call ahead to confirm other libraries’ policies).

Can I eat in the library?

Food is not allowed in any Dearborn public library except for in the café on the first floor of Henry Ford Centennial Library, where light snacks may be consumed. Covered drinks are permitted.

Do you have yard waste stickers?

Yes- ask at the desk at any Dearborn Public Library.

Do you have tax forms?

All Dearborn public libraries have copies of the most popular forms for Federal and Michigan taxes during tax season- please contact the library for information about which forms are currently available.

 

More information about…

 

Artwork in the Rotunda Gallery

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.

 

Local Authors

If you are a local author and you wish to submit work to the Dearborn Public Library please see our local author guidelines. To view the items in our Local Author Collection, click here.

 

New Books

We have several email newsletters to let you know about new books coming out and items that have been added to our collection. Take a look and sign up on the Sign Up and Stay Connected page.

 

Reference Questions / Research Support 

Please feel free to reach out through the Contact Us page.

 

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