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Library Service Update 9/15/20

Dearborn Public Library is working to restore Library services, one step at a time

The Library is currently offering Curbside Pickup which is Phase 2 of our five-phase re-opening plan. We are monitoring the ongoing COVID situation as we work toward the next phase. For more information regarding curbside service, click here: Curbside Pickup.

MeLCat, the statewide catalog, and resource sharing service has returned. All MeLCat requested material will be available for pickup at the Henry Ford Centennial Library (HFCL) during regular Curbside Pickup hours. Please return all MeLCat material to the dropbox at HFCL. For additional information, visit or contact MeLCat Services at

Our new service, Shelf Help, will match users to library material (books, audiobooks, DVDs, and music CDs) based on a variety of your preferences such as genre, interests, author, and format. This service is open to patrons of all ages. To get started, fill out the Shelf Help questionnaire on the library’s website. Librarians will place up to 10 items on hold on your library account. Once your materials are ready, you will be notified via phone or email. You may pick up your materials via Curbside Pickup at any of our library locations.

We encourage our patrons to use our digital media services as well as our online resources.

We understand you are anxious to return to the library and we are excited to resume serving the community. However, we want to keep everyone safe and healthy so we ask for your patience as we continue to prepare our staff and our buildings. We will post updates on this page and through our social media channels.

Maryanne Bartles


Is the library now open?

While all Dearborn library locations continue to be closed to the public, patrons can place requests for library material. When the material is available, you will be notified and can arrange for curbside pickup. Hours for curbside pickup are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. When you are placing requests, please remember to choose your preferred library pickup location.

Please see the Curbside Pickup page for more information.

Can I return library materials?

Drop boxes are available at each library location for the return of Dearborn Library materials. Items borrowed through MeLCat, however, must be returned to the HFCL dropbox to ensure a proper return to the lending library.

For media items such as books on CD, DVDs, or Wi-Fi devices, you may want to place them in a small disposable shopping bag to keep all the parts together. No overdue fines will be charged until further notice.

Please note that all returned items will be quarantined for at least 5 days prior to being checked in. Because of that, your library account will not show as updated for several days after return.

Can I get a library card?

Yes! You can get a digital library card by clicking here and following the instructions. When we reopen, you will need to come in and present your ID and convert the digital library card to a full-service card.

Do you have ebooks or other digital media that I can borrow?

The library has an abundance of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, TV shows, music, movies, and more. Head on over to our eMedia page to get started.

What other resources are available online?

We offer many resources for learning and entertainment. Gale Courses is our free online learning resource covering a variety of subjects. Some of the other popular databases are Consumer Reports, Creativebug, Detroit Free Press Historical Newspapers, and Mango Languages. Check out our online resources page to get started with these and many more.

Are you charging overdue fines?

No. You will receive due date slips with the expected return dates for all items. Please be courteous and return or renew items on or before due dates. You will be charged for lost items.

Are you accepting donations?

No donations are being accepted at this time.

How can I find out more information?

Please continue checking the library website and our various social media outlets for updates. During Curbside Pickup hours, dedicated telephone reference service is available at HFCL by calling 313-943-2330. Staff will be available to answer in-depth questions and help you place items on hold for Curbside Pickup. Bryant Branch (313-943-4091) or Esper Branch (313-943-4096) can also be reached during curbside hours. You can take advantage of this service by calling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

Official Information

State of Michigan Coronavirus Information

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Official information provided by the CDC about Coronavirus

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