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Hastings Public Library

Get a Library Card

The Hastings Public Library (HPL) is directly supported through taxes/millage by the City of Hastings, Rutland Charter Township and Hastings Charter Township (our service area) but ultimately serves the larger surrounding geographic area as well.

Anyone may use the library's computers (with ID), attend programs or use our facility, but only patrons living in or owning property in our service area can obtain standard library cards.


To get a regular HPL library card, patrons must:

  • Live in the City of Hastings, Rutland Charter Township or Hastings Charter Township.
  • Patrons owning property in these three areas, even if they live elsewhere, are also entitled to an HPL card.
  • Provide proof of residency or property ownership in our service area.

A current Michigan Drivers License, Michigan Identification Card, or Resident Alien Card documenting identity and current street address is needed to create a library card account. If these are not available, two of the following form of ID can be accepted:

  • One ID must be photographic. Acceptable IDs include passports, military ID, employment ID, school ID and out of state drivers licenses.
  • The second ID must show residency in our service area. Acceptable documents include a voter registration card, recent utility bill, insurance card, auto registration, a printed check or a property tax bill.

Anyone aged 5-17 is considered a juvenile and can also obtain a library card.

  • A parent/legal guardian normally must request the card and will be responsible for the account until the juvenile turns 18.
  • If a parent/guardian cannot come to the library, we also have a Restricted Student Card available. Talk to library staff for more information.

Getting a Card

If you live in the City of Hastings, Hastings Charter Township or Rutland Charter Township, apply in one of three ways:

  • Download our mobile app and apply for full access to the physical and Digital Collection.
  • Fill out the Library Card Request Form for limited access to the Digital Collection.
    • This card is active for two weeks allowing time to come to the Library with ID to pick up the physical card and activate all services.
  • Bring ID as described above to the library during normal business hours and we will be happy to issue a library card to you. The process takes only a few minutes.

If getting a card for juveniles, they do not need to be present.

What if I Don't Live in the Service Area?

If you live outside our area and do not have a library card from another library in the Lakeland Library Cooperative, you can purchase a non-resident card. See the Non-Resident page for more information.

Renewing Library Cards

HPL library cards expire every two years and must be renewed. Bring your card and your drivers license to the library so we can check your information against our records and renew your card.

You can also renew cards through the mobile app.

Note: expired cards cannot check out items or access digital downloads.

If your card has expired and you are trying to access digital content, call us and we will try to assist.

Replacement Library Cards

If you card has been lost, stolen or perhaps eaten by the dog, do not fret. Bring your ID to the library and we can issue a new card to you.

Note: there is a $2 charge for replacement cards.

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- Masks are encouraged for all patrons

Location & Hours

Main Branch
Hastings Public Library
227 E. State St., Hastings, MI 49058

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Phone: 269-945-4263
Fax: 269-948-3874

Library & Drive-thru Hours (effective June 14, 2021):

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 3pm

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