If you reside within the City of Portage (or the portion of Texas and Pavilion Townships within the Portage School District), you qualify for a free Portage District Library Card. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact the Checkout Desk of the Library for clarification.
If you own property or a business within the City of Portage (or the portion of Texas and Pavilion Townships within the Portage School District), you qualify for a free limited-use Portage District Library Card. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact the Checkout Desk of the Library for clarification.
If you are employed as an educator at an educational facility located within the Portage Library District boundaries and do not qualify for a resident or reciprocal membership, you can get a free limited use membership by providing appropriate documentation of employment.
If you are a student currently enrolled in the Portage Public Schools, you will be automatically registered for a free limited use membership, unless a parent/guardian chooses to opt-out of participation in this program. Your student number provides access to library services.
Don’t reside or own property in our district? You can qualify for a free card if you live in, and have a resident membership, with a library district that has arranged for reciprocal access with the Portage District Library. We have agreements with most libraries in Kalamazoo County. Find libraries that qualify for reciprocal borrowing privileges.
For the ability to checkout library materials as a non-resident of our district, you may purchase an annual membership card at the library. If you are 62 years of age or older, you qualify for a 50% discount on a non-resident membership. Check our fee schedule for current rates.
We offer a free internet access card to individuals visiting the community.
Bringing a valid driver’s license or state ID or Kalamazoo County ID with your current, in-district residential address on it is the easiest way to begin the registration process at the Checkout Desk of the library. With appropriate documentation, library cards are issued and available for use immediately. Minors who come with a parent who is able to demonstrate identity and current residence within the Library district can also be issued a library card.
Businesses in the Portage library district are required to present other documentation, and/or a letter of intent from the business owner or a financial officer, if the owner is not making a direct application for membership. Please call the Checkout Desk Supervisor for more information about the necessary documentation requirements. Business memberships may not be immediately available.
In addition to documenting identity and current residential address, teachers need a letter from an authorized school administrator documenting proof of employment at an in-district institution in a position as an educator. The letter should include the name, position and institution of the applicant and the name, title, and signature of the authorized administrator on the organizations letterhead.
Regardless of in-district residency, every student enrolled in the Portage Public Schools will automatically be provided limited membership access through their student number, unless their parent/guardian selects to opt out of participation in this program. Physical library cards are not issued as part of this program unless requested in person with identification at the Youth Information Desk.
Aside from documenting identity and current residential address, reciprocal borrowers must also show an in-district library card in their name from a participating library. Find libraries that qualify for reciprocal borrowing privileges.
Proof of identity is still required, even for those who are only seeking internet usage. A current residential address must be provided for registration. However, paying members or those getting an internet access card only can provide this information verbally if it is not documented on their proof of identity.
Those who do not have a valid driver’s license or state ID can also use one of the following items for identification but will need to provide additional proof of residential address.
If you haven’t changed your address on your valid driver’s license or state ID or you are using an alternative photo ID, you will need to provide additional documentation to prove your current residence by showing one of the following that has your name and current residential address on it: