Welcome to Your Library

Accessing Your Account

To access your account, you will need your library card and password.  When you get a library card, the password is set to the last four digits of your phone number. If you do not remember your password, contact Customer Service or call 616-988-5400 and ask to have your password reset.

Once you have logged in, you can change your password, view your record, place a hold, renew an item, give yourself a username or pay fines. You can also sign up to be notified by email and text message when your holds are ready or you have an item overdue.

Finding Library Materials

Online Catalog

You can search for materials in the Grand Rapids Public Library’s online catalogIf you find what you are looking for, you can take it from the shelf and check it out. If the material is out or at a different location, you can place a hold on it. You can have up to 25 items on hold at one time. Choose  your favorite GRPL location for pick up.


If you do not find an item in our online catalog, simply click the “Search MeLCat” link to look for your item in the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog (MeLCat). MeLCat provides access to libraries across the state, including university libraries. If you find the book you need in MeLCat, it will be delivered to the GRPL location of your choice. MeLCat will notify you by email when your requested item is in. MeLCat services are only for books. Children 12 and under cannot use MeLCat to borrow materials.

Kent District Library

You can also use your Grand Rapids Public Library card to check out material from the Kent District Library. If the item you are looking for is available, you may go to the owning library to pick up the item. You may place a hold on some Kent District Library materials. You will need to pick up and return the item at a KDL location. To choose a KDL pick up location, contact their Service Center at 616.784.2007.

Sensory Tool Kits

If you need some extra sensory support during your visit to the library, we’re here to help! You can ask to borrow a Sensory Tool Kit at the desk of any Grand Rapids Public Library locations.

Due Dates and Renewals

You can check out a total of 100 items on your card.


Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
Limit: 100 items checked out at once

Audiobooks and Music CDs

Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
Limit: 25 checked out at once

DVDs – Feature films, TV shows, nonfiction

Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
Limit: 25 checked out at once

Hotspots check out for 6 weeks, with 2 (3 week) renewals if there are not any holds on it.

Vinyl Records
Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
Limit: 5 items checked out at once

Portable Record Player
Loan period: 3 weeks  (0 renewals)
Limit: 1 

Library material can be renewed by logging into your account online, calling 616-988-5418 or in person at any branch location. When renewing, please have your library card number ready.

Treat your library card like a credit card and remember to report it lost or stolen immediately.

Returning Library Materials

Please return any items checked out from the Grand Rapids Public Library, including those borrowed through MeLCat, to one of the eight GRPL locations for immediate check-in. GRPL items returned to non-GRPL libraries will not be checked in until they arrive at a GRPL location. If materials are returned damaged while checked out to you, fines will be added to your account.


GRPL does not charge overdue fines on materials (books, movies, music).

Library patrons will still be responsible for the replacement cost of items that are lost or damaged.


Parking is free at all seven GRPL branches. At the Main Library, two hours of free parking is available during the week in the lot next to the library. Parking rates during the week cost $1.10 per half hour after the first free hour. On the weekend, parking at the Main Library is free all day with a validated ticket. Bring your parking ticket inside the Main Library to have it validated.


Pick up your library holds through our curbside service, GRPL To Go.