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One renewal is allowed on most items. Materials may be renewed electronically through your account if they are not overdue and your card is in good standing. Items that have a ‘hold’ placed on them cannot be renewed.
Books, Audio Books, and Magazines
- Books – 28 day loan
- Audio Books on CD – 28 day loan
- Music CDs – 28 day loan
- New Books – 14 day loan
- Magazines – 14 day loan
- Feature Films – 7 days, no charge
- Informational (Documentary, Travel, Biography, Health, etc.) – 7 days, no charge
- Juvenile Films – 7 days , no charge
- Lucky Star Films – 3 days No Renewals, 1 per patron
- Book Kits – 8 week loan
- Holiday Books – 14 day loan, limit 2
- Framed Art prints – 1 – 3 month loan
- Tools – 7 day loan
MeLCat Interlibrary Loans
These vary with the lending library, but typically:
- Books – 21 day loan
- Movies and CDs – 7 day loan
GPPL participates in MeLCat, an interlibrary loan system that allows you to order books, audio books, music and movies from other libraries in Michigan. When a search of our catalog turns up no results, click on the box that says MelCat. If you find the desired item in the MeL catalog, click on Get This for Me, fill in your name, bar code and the branch where you want the book delivered. These typically take 10-14 days to arrive. The loan period is usually 3 weeks, and you can usually renew the item once.
At GPPL most materials no longer accrue fines if they are overdue. Patrons will still be responsible for replacement charges for lost or damaged materials. However, once a lost material is returned, the entire replacement cost is dropped.
We charge overdue fines only on Lucky Star Movies, Mobile Hotspots, and Portable Charging Stations.
- Lucky Star Movies – $1.00 per day
- Mobile Hotspots - $1.00 per day
- Potable Charging Station - $1.00 per hour.
The late period begins on the day following the due date.
Yes! Books, DVDs, audiobooks, video games, and magazines can all be returned to any of the three Grosse Pointe Public Library branches. We do ask that you return items from our Tool Collection to the Central Branch only.
Each branch has a drop box located at the front door of the library building. In addition, there are drive-up drop boxes located in the parking lot behind the Central Branch and in the parking lot at the Ewald Branch.
There are also two driive-up drop boxes offsite. One is located at the Grosse Pointe Shores City Hall parking lot and another is located at the Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall parking lot.
Click on My Library Account and log in with your last name and library card number. Your current holds, if any, are displayed. Click on the link for Items Currently Checked Out in the upper left of the screen. Select the item you want to renew by checking the box next to the title, and then click the Renew Selected.
Placing a hold on library materials reserves them for you to pick-up at your branch. Watch this brief video that explains how to do that from your home computer or mobile device. If you don't have access to the internet please call our Reference Hotline Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p .m. 313-389-6212 and the librarian can help place the hold for you.
When you find an item you want in the electronic catalog, click on the title and then click on “Request.” You will be prompted to fill in your last name and your library bar code. Choose a pick up location from the pull-down menu. Click “Submit.” The screen will then say your submission has been successful. You will receive a call or email when your item is ready for pick up.
GPPL now has mobile hotspots available for check out. Anyone 18 or older residing in the Grosse Pointe School District can check one out for a two week period and enjoy free access to the internet. Please review the full hotspot check out policy.
Yes! Your Grosse Pointe Public Library card is valid at all three of our branches. The Grosse Pointe Public Library’s online catalog includes books in the Grosse Pointe Public Schools libraries, but those items must be picked up at one of our GPPL branches. Your GPPL card also allows you to request items from our statewide interlibrary loan system, MeLCat. Finally, if you register for the MILibrary Card at one of our branches, you can get borrowing privileges at dozens of participating libraries throughout the state; ask for details at the Circulation or Reference desk.
We accept many kinds of books on behalf of the Friends for their book sales. Please review their donations guidelines.
The Grosse Pointe Public Library wants to support local authors and artists as much as possible, but our budgets and staffing are limited. We encourage local authors to donate a copy of their work to our collection. While we are always gathering ideas for programs, we receive too many requests for local author book programs to host all of them. There is a space on our donation form where you can indicate your interest in participating, should we create a suitable library program.
The Grosse Pointe Public Library offers a wide range of programs for youth, teens and adults. Our offerings are based on topics that promote and enhance our collections, services and mission. Popular programs include book discussions, arts & crafts, educational presentations, musical presentations, author talks, lectures, film screenings, workshops and much more.
Our Library staff determines whether programs meet our goals and the community’s interests. Programs must also fit in our budget, schedule and physical space and comply with the library’s policies. Commercial advertising or direct solicitation is prohibited.
A limited number of programs are accepted each quarter. Due to the high interest, we are unable to respond to each proposal. If you are interested in offering a program at the Grosse Pointe Public Library, please complete and submit a Program Proposal Form.
Programs are planned according to the following schedule:
March 15 for Programs that take place: June, July, August
June 15 for Programs that take place: September, October, November
September 15 for Programs that take place: December, January, February
December 15 for Programs that take place: March, April, May
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