materials available for loan from our collections
- Books for Adults: bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, travel guides, self help books, how-to books, mysteries, westerns, biographies, and more.
- Books for Teens: our teen collection has been built while keeping teen readers' needs and interests in mind; popular fiction, graphic novels, helpful homework-friendly non-fiction, audio books, and magazines are all available in the Teen Spot.
- Books for Children: we have board books, picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, nonfiction, comics, and even a special collection just for Tweens (kids ages 10-12).
- Audio Books: abridged and unabridged; available on compact disc, and Playaway formats.
- Large Print Books: larger print and more space between the lines make these books easier for everyone to read, but especially for those with vision impairment.
- DVDs: we purchase a wide selection of titles for children, youth, and adults, including both feature films and non-fiction/educational films.
- Music: our small, but varied, collection of music CDs go out on four week loans.
- Magazines: news and special interest magazines; current issues can be browsed in the library, while past months' issues can be checked out for two weeks.
- Specialty Items (Science and DIY Kits): Includes hotspots, Electronics, Kitchen Appliances, Kits for Kids, & Outdoor Activity Kits
- Digital Collections: Enjoy borrowing from the comfort of home with our digital collections. We offer digital media such as e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, music, and more. Visit our Digital Collections page for more information.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN (MATERIALS AVAILABLE FROM OTHER LIBRARIES' COLLECTIONS TO BE PICKED UP AT MDL)
- The Library can easily and quickly borrow books for you from other libraries through the TLN shared catalog (eLibrary) or MeLCat. You can ask a staff member to assist you in requesting materials from other libraries, or you can request materials yourself using the on-line catalog, your library card number, and the PIN you chose when you signed up for your card.
RECIPROCAL BORROWING (MATERIALS AVAILABLE FROM OTHER LIBRARIES' COLLECTIONS TO BE PICKED UP AT THOSE LIBRARIES)
- The Manchester District Library participates in the TLN Reciprocal Borrowing program. Under this program, you may be able to visit and check out items at participating libraries using your Manchester District Library card. For example, you can present your card at the Chelsea or Dexter libraries to check out materials, just as you would here (in fact, your library card will work at any of the 50+ Shared System Libraries in the metro Detroit area).
- Renewals: Our Library's items can be renewed up to 2 times, unless another patron has requested the item. You can renew books yourself from our online catalog or by calling the library at 734-428-8045. Materials from other libraries may or may not be renewable, based on the owning library's policies. Eligible library materials checked out from the Manchester District Library (MDL) now automatically renew three days prior to the due date, saving patrons time. If an item cannot be renewed, MDL patrons will receive a due date reminder by their chosen notification method (email, text or phone). Please return items by the due date so that other library patrons can enjoy them.
- Auto-renewal does not apply if:
- or the patron has a block on their account that prevents renewals, most frequently due to upcoming card expiration.
- the item has already reached its renewal limit,
- the item has pending holds,
- Auto-renewal does not apply if:
- Lost items: Patrons are asked to make reasonable efforts to return items in a timely fashion. If you do forget about an item and it is two weeks overdue, the library will send you a notice via email or regular mail. When an item is four weeks overdue, the patron is sent a bill for replacement cost of the item.
- Damaged items: Patrons are asked to take reasonable care of materials. However, the staff also understands that things happen--if your new puppy chews up a book, it won't be the first time we've seen it and we won't ban you from the library. If there is a problem, ask the staff member on duty for advice on the best way to handle it.
- Worn-out items: We understand that books, discs, etc. have limited lifespans. If a book is worn out, or a DVD won't play, please let staff know when you return the item so that we can evaluate it for repair or replacement.