Apply for a Library Card

  1. Royal Oak Public Library cards are issued without discrimination to Royal Oak residents and to residents of communities that contract with Royal Oak for library services. Royal Oak Public Library cards are issued to individuals and are non-transferable.
  2. Requirements for a full-service Royal Oak Public Library card are:
    1. Official identification showing the patron's name and permanent address. The following will be accepted: (These documents need to be shown as proof of residency, but the library does not retain or make copies of these documents.)
      1. Michigan driver’s license or State of Michigan ID card with current residential address. (Post Office boxes are not accepted as valid addresses.) or

      2. Picture ID with proof of residency shown by one of the following items: utility bill; copy of lease or mortgage; copy of property tax statement; rent receipt showing address; car registration; postmarked mail.

    2. Patrons under 12 years of age must have the signature of a parent or guardian on their application cards in order to be issued a card. If parent or guardian is not a current ROPL library card holder, parent or guardian must show the same proof of residency as required above.

    3. Patrons ages 12 and above may use their current school identification, a Michigan Driver’s license or a State of Michigan ID to receive a card.

    4. Students who live outside of the City of Royal Oak yet attend Royal Oak Schools can receive a Royal Oak Library Card.

    5. Patrons who live in Royal Oak but who do not have proof of address yet may register for a library card either online or in person that will be sent via the USPS.  Successful receipt of the card will serve as proof of address.

    6. Patrons who do not have a permanent address can obtain a temporary card and must show a photo ID. They must also provide a mailing address (general delivery is acceptable) in order to receive notices. An email address is preferred.

    7. If they do not have a photo ID, 2 forms of valid government identification will be accepted.

  3. Refusal
    The Royal Oak Public Library reserves the right to refuse a card to a patron for failure to meet the above requirements.

  4. Company/School Library Cards
    The library will issue cards to employees of companies or schools that are located in the City of Royal Oak. The registered user is personally responsible for materials borrowed on this card or for other uses of this card.

  5. Teachers working in K-12 schools located in the City of Royal Oak will be issued cards allowing 9-week borrowing privileges for print materials from the Royal Oak Public Library’s collection that are to be used for their curriculum needs. Teachers must use the form on our website to apply and will be notified that their card is available for pick-up. When picking up, they will need to show photo ID and proof of address. Teacher cards are valid for one year and must be renewed annually using the form on our website. Trending Titles, loans from other TLN libraries and MeL loans, Library of Things and Makerspace items are not available with a teacher card. 

  6. Non-Resident Fees
    The fee for a non-resident library card is $100 per person for one year. Non-resident cards are non-transferable and allow borrowing privileges, computer, and database usage of Royal Oak Public Library materials, but do not guarantee access to other libraries in The Library Network. They do not include MelCat interloan privileges.

  7. Temporary Cards
    Temporary cards are intended for people who do not have a permanent address. The following limits apply:

      1. 30 day card life

      2. 3 item checkout limit

      3. No holds filled from other TLN Libraries

See also Policy 5.30 for reciprocal borrowing arrangements.

1. Register for your instant digital card online (Patrons ages 12+)

2. Royal Oak school library card application (Parent/Guardian consent for patrons ages 11 and younger; teacher application)

3. Royal Oak employee/non-resident card application