Department Information

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Children Department Privileges

Located on second Floor (press "3" on the elevator)

Children may get a library card at age 6.

A parent's/legal guardian's signature and ID is required. The adult signing for the minor's library card assumes all financial responsibility for items borrowed. Children and Teen cards are only for City of Benton Harbor and Benton Charter Township residents. 

Computers are not available for children and teens outside of scheduled school hours; this is met with the exception of children and teens accompanied by parents.

Teens must have a valid library card, a parent onsite or a school ID to use the teen computers.

The Benton Harbor Public Library is not responsible for any unattended children left in Children's Department.

If a Child is left unattended after library hours, working Librarians will take the child to the City of Benton Harbor Police and Public Safety Department.

Borrowing from Children's Dept.

Child: 6-12         Books only                          6 
Teen: 13-17       Books/Audio, Video (3)      10
Parents             Books/Audio, Video (5)       30
Educators         Books/Audio, Video (5)       50


All items from children's department can be checked out for a total of 14 days (2 weeks).

Rental DVDs costs $1. Only a total of 1 rental DVD may be checked out at a time for 7 days (1 week)



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Adult Department Privileges

Located on 1st Floor

Item Borrowing Limits:


Adult Card:

10 items total

  • 7 Books

  • 5 Free DVD/VHS

  • 5 Audio books

  • 5 Audio CD

  • 2 Rental DVD

  • 2 Circulating magazines

E-Books are available through OverDrive

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Books - 14 days

New Books - 7 days

Audio Books - 14 days

Music CD - 14 days

DVD/VHS - 7 days

Rental DVD - 2 days

Lending Periods

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