If you own property, a business or otherwise reside in the City of Portage or Portage School District, you qualify for a free Portage District Library membership card! You’re also eligible for a limited membership card if you live in a library district that has arranged for reciprocal access with Portage District Library. For all others, we offer free computer access cards or you may purchase an annual non-resident card to have member privileges. Those non-residents who are 62 years of age or older may purchase a senior non-resident membership at a discount of 50%. Please check our fee schedule for current rates.
Getting a Card
Who qualifies for a Portage District Library Card?
1.) The first way to qualify for a Portage District Library Card is by living in or owning property or a business in the City of Portage or Portage School District. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, you can check using an online tool available through Kalamazoo County.
2.) The second way to qualify for a free Portage District Library card is by living in a library district that has arranged for reciprocal, or shared, access with the Portage District Library. For more information about reciprocal cards, click on the link to the left.
3.) For all others, we offer free computer access card. For the ability to checkout library materials as a non-resident, you may also purchase an annual membership card. Those non-residents who are 62 years of age or older may purchase a senior non-resident membership at a discount of 50%. Please check our fee schedule for current rates.
What do I need to get registered?
Once you have determined what type of membership you are getting you need to show one of the following pieces of identification:
- Valid driver’s license with current address
- Valid voter’s registration card
- Current Portage School ID (for students only)
- Property tax receipt (for owner of property only)
- Valid government issued ID
Additional information may be necessary, depending on the type of membership you seek:
- Reciprocal memberships require a membership card from one’s home library.
- Businesses in Portage may be required to send other documentation, if the owner is not making a direct application for membership.
- Minors may need a parent’s permission.