Library by Mail
This free service is only intended for Branch County residents with a Branch District Library card who find it difficult or impossible to visit the library in-person due to medical-related mobility challenges, temporary or permanent disability, and illness. Patrons who lack mobility or disability issues but still do not wish to enter the library are encouraged to ask for and utilize our curbside service options. For more information about our guidelines, please view our Outreach Policy.
How it works
Start by filling out this application for the Library by Mail program (or print and mail in the paper application). Once you are registered, you can start receiving library materials in the mail! You may request your own items to be sent to you by calling or logging into your online library account and placing items on hold, or ask us to make selections for you. Once we have received at least 2 of your requested items, we will send them to you in a sealed, water-resistant mailing bag which will also contain instructions on how to return your package and feedback cards if your items were picked by our staff. For your privacy, these zipper bags are sealed with a small zip tie. To open your package, simply cut the zip tie.
Is there a limit?
A minimum of 2 items can be mailed out. There is no limit on the maximum number of items, however there is a weight limit of up to 10 pounds. You may have only one package at a time, and all items must be returned before you may be sent another. Any additional hold items which do not make it into the bag will have the hold suspended until the checked out items are returned to us, and we will do our best to include those in your next bag. Other library items such as magazines and WiFi hotspots are not included in this service due to the restrictions of USPS media mail.
How long can I keep my items?
Your items will be checked out to you for 8 weeks and may not be renewed.
Can I get Mel items through the mail, too?
ONLY Branch District Library items will be sent out through this service. Any MelCat items must be picked up from the library.
How do I know when my items are on the way?
If you log in to your online account, you can see the status of your requested items. Once the status changes to a due date, they have been mailed and are on their way to you.
Can I put donations in with my returned items?
Thank you for thinking of us, but please DO NOT place anything extra in the bags to return to us other than what you received in it. Be sure to have all of your checked out materials in the bag before you send it back to us.
What do I do if my items are overdue?
There are no overdue fines! We will contact you by phone, letter, or email if your materials are seriously overdue.
What do I do if my item is lost or damaged?
Lost and damaged materials are noted in our records and we will contact you to arrange payment. Excessive instances of lost or damaged materials may result in reduction and/or suspension of service.
If you are eligible for Library by Mail, you may also be eligible for the Library of Michigan's Braille and Talking Book Library service.
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