Library Card & Lending

How to Get a Library Card

Anyone who lives, works, or owns property is eligible to apply for an AHPL library card. Oakland University and OCC Auburn Hills campus students and faculty are eligible to apply for an AHPL College E-Card.

Application for a library card may be made online (below) or at the library circulation desk.

Application for the College E-Card is online only.

What do I need to bring?

Applicants must show identification indicating current name and address. For Business, you will be asked to show identification along with proof of your current employment. For children under 18 years of age, applications must have the signature or indicate the name of a parent(s), guardian(s), or other responsible adult(s) over 18.

  • Driver’s License
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Armed Forces Identification
  • Government-Issued ID with Photo
  • Mortgage
  • Rental Lease
  • Property Deed


  • Driver’s License
  • State Identification Card
  • Mortgage
  • Rental Lease
  • Property Deed
  • Utility Bill


  • Corporate-Issued Dated ID Card
  • Pay Stub
  • HR Letter


Borrowing Information

You can use your card seamlessly at any shared system library in the TLN network. Guest Access libraries will have restrictions on which items you can check out and may require you to verify that your account is active at AHPL before you can use their library. Additionally, Auburn Hills residents are eligible to receive a MI Library Card sticker, allowing them to use any MI Library participating location. Please see the Circulation Desk for more information about MI Library. A full list of participating MI Libraries can be found here.


Holds can be placed in person, by phone, or online. To place a hold online, search the catalog and select the title you would like to put on hold. You will need your library barcode and PIN to place the hold. 

If you have an email address registered at the library, you will receive an email notification when the item is available for you. Items will be held for seven days and can be picked up from the hold shelf across from the Circulation Desk,

24/7 Hold Lockers

Our hold lockers are available 24/7 and are located outside the Library near the 24 Hour Return drop on the east side of the building. It’s perfect for when you can’t pick up your holds during our regular hours.

To place a hold for the 24/7 Hold Lockers, log in to My Account from the Library’s website with your Auburn Hills Public Library card number and PIN. Find the item(s) you want to borrow and select “Auburn Hill Public Library Lockers” as your pickup location. You can also call us at (248) 370-9466 and ask a staff member to place items on hold for you.

Renewal Options

Automatic Renewal

Items eligible for auto-renew will automatically be renewed three days before the due date. If another patron is waiting for an item or if the item has already been renewed the maximum number of times, it will not be automatically renewed. Items loaned through MeLCat are not automatically renewed. Auto-Renewal FAQ

Online Renewal

Log in to your Patron Account to view the list of items that you have checked out. You can either put a checkmark in each of the boxes for items you wish to renew, then click on “Renew Selected Items,” or you can click on the box “Renew All.” Online renewal is available at any time.

Phone Renewal

Dial Toll Free – (888) 672-8983

With your library card and PIN, you can renew materials and check your library record by phone!

Library Card PIN

Your PIN is your library account’s password. Your PIN is needed to place holds, renew materials, and use the Online Catalog. If you are unsure of what your PIN is, you can call us at 248-370-9466, stop by the Circulation Desk, or use the Online Catalog to reset it.

Item Limits

Loan periods vary by item type. Due dates will be listed on the email or print receipt you receive when checking out. You can also see your check outs and due dates in My Account. Use your library card number and your PIN (typically the last four digits of your phone number) to log in. 

Overdue Fines & Fees

We are fine free! Read all the details here.

The library charges replacement costs and processing fees for damaged or lost items. You will be billed the replacement cost for any items that are damaged or overdue by 21 days, and you will not be able to borrow any more materials until the fines are paid.  Your account may be sent to collections if items are overdue by 45 days or more.

Paying Fines

Borrowing privileges will be suspended on any Library card with $15 or more in unpaid fees. 

Guests of the Auburn Hills Public Library, such as those with a MI Library card sticker or whose home library is not in the shared system, will have borrowing privileges suspended on any card with $5 or more in unpaid fees.

Fees can be paid in person at the circulation desk, self-service kiosk across from circulation, or online through your account. Note that fees of less than $5 must be paid in cash. Fees over $5 may be paid with credit card online.

Can I use my library card at AHPL?

You can use your library card at AHPL if –

  • Your home library is a member of TLN (you can view the list of TLN libraries here)
  • You have a MI Library sticker

Note that you may be subject to certain restrictions –

  • Certain TLN libraries, and all MI Library patrons, are limited to 10 items checked out at a time
  • MI Library patrons are limited to print materials only

In order to checkout materials at AHPL, we will need to verify that you have an active account at your home library and re-check every year. Although we participate in a shared delivery system, guests to our library should always return library materials to the library from which they were checked out.

What can we help you find?