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Alumni & Visitors 

Visitors, including alumni, are welcome in the library building. All visitors must follow the Acceptable Behavior for Library Users policy.

Borrowing Eligibility


EMU Alumni are eligible for a courtesy library card.

University faculty from public colleges and universities in Michigan

University faculty from public colleges and universities in Michigan, with current faculty ID.

University of Michigan Students

University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University students, faculty and staff are eligible for guest borrowing privileges at the other institution. U-M students and staff must first request an EMU card through the U-M library. Give the EMU Library Card Request Form to the Circulation Desk at the U-M Hatcher Graduate Library or the U-M Flint Thompson Library.
You will be notified by email when your guest borrower's card can be picked up from the Halle Library Circulation Desk. Bring a picture ID with you.

Ypsilanti residents

City of Ypsilanti residents are eligible for a courtesy library card. You must submit a current driver's license or state ID with an Ypsilanti address with your application.

All Other Visitors

Individuals who do not fit into any of these categories can purchase a Friends card for $25 per calendar year. You may pay when you pick up your card. Payment must be by credit card.

Current EMU students, faculty, and staff already have a library account. To get an EagleOne Card or employee ID, please contact Service EMU in the Student Center.

Courtesy Card Application

Loan Periods and Limits

Visitors may:

  • Check out 5 items at a time
  • Check books out for 21 days
  • Renew their loan once (renewals are automated)
  • Check out Videos, DVDS, CDs, and audiocassettes for 3 hours

Visitors may not:

  • Check out journals, reference books, or any material on reserve
  • Make Interlibrary Loan or MeLCat requests through the Library
  • Access the Library’s electronic resources from off-campus
  • Request materials to be digitized
  • Print

Borrowing Privileges and Requirements

  • Courtesy cards must be picked up in person.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age, and must have a valid driver's license or state ID card when applying for the card.
  • Courtesy borrowers must present their EMU courtesy card and a picture ID (either a valid state ID or a driver's license) when checking out materials.
  • Borrowing privileges for courtesy card holders are valid until the end of the current semester. Exception: Purchased cards are valid for one calendar year.
  • We will email your account information within 72 hours of submitting the form and let you know when you can pick up your card.
  • Overdue books accrue fines at a rate of $0.25/day. If a book is not returned to the library within 40 days of the due date, it will be considered lost and a replacement fee of $99, plus a $20 processing fee and a $10 lost book fine) will be charged.

Access to Online Library Resources for Alumni and Visitors

Visitors can access most online library resources from the express computers on the 1st floor, or on guest wifi using their own device.

Remote access:

MeLCat Visiting Patron 

Visitors from libraries that participate in MeLCat Visiting Patron may check out materials by presenting a currently valid library card from the participating library and a picture ID. If your library does not participate in Visiting Patron, we recommend you use MeLCat from your library to obtain the item.

Questions? Contact the Circulation Department at [email protected] or 734-487-2562.


Halle Library, 955 W. Circle Dr, Ypsilanti MI, USA 48197 Phone:734.487.0020