Text Alerts

You can sign up to get your library reminders by text. This is an opt-in service and does not replace your current notification method – you will continue to receive your regular notices by email or phone. Regular text-messaging rates apply.

What do I need?

  • A mobile phone and wireless service that can send and receive text messages (you don't need a smartphone).
  • The barcode number from your library card and the password for your library account.

How do I sign up?

  1. Text the message SIGNUP to (517) 507-3064 . 
  2. Reply to the messages asking for your library card number and password.

How does the service work?

Once your registration is complete, you will automatically start getting the following types of notices by text (in addition to your email or telephone notifications):

  • Holds ready to be picked up (either the day the item goes on the hold shelf or the day after and again 2 days before it expires from the holdshelf if you have not yet picked it up.)
  • Items that are due soon (2 days before due date) with the ability to renew eligible items by replying to the text message.
  • Overdue items (when item is 3 days overdue, and again at 17 days overdue) with the ability to renew eligible items by replying to the text message.
  • Reminders to renew your library card (30 days before it expires and 7 days after it expires)

The notices are sent in batches each day around 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Depending on timing, you might receive an email message before or after a text message for the same item.

Other Commands

Text the following commands to (517) 507-3064  to manage your service.

MYBOOKS Get a complete status report on all of your holds, checkouts, and money owed.

ADDCARD  Register an additional library card for text messages on the same phone. Great for tracking children's cards!

DROPCARD  Cancel text notices for a card added with ADDCARD

STOP  Delete your mobile device from the text message service

HELP Get information about all available commands