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Borrowing Privileges

Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Bulldog Card, the official FSU ID that is issued to students and faculty/staff, is the preferred form of identification for borrowing library materials. To activate the Bulldog Card for library borrowing privileges, please present the card at the library Checkout Desk and staff will scan the barcode to initiate privileges for borrowing books, DVDs, and other library materials. Cards/borrowing privileges are non-transferable.

Although the Bulldog Card or FSU ID card is the preferred form of ID for activating library accounts and for borrowing privileges, a driver's license or some other form of official photo identification may also be used. Once an individual's record is activated, materials may be checked out with the FSU ID card, with a driver's license, or with some other form of official photo identification.

Resident patrons of the Big Rapids Community Library may use their local library card at FLITE with the same borrowing privileges as they enjoy at BRCL.

Patron Responsibilities

Patrons are responsible for any and all materials checked out with the FSU ID card. Signature on FLITE library forms for guests are legally binding for all transactions using a FLITE-issued library card.

Lost/stolen FSU ID cards should be reported by the cardholder at the Timme Center for Student Services and the Department of Public Safety.


Alumni and members of the Ferris Alumni Association may obtain a library card to check out FLITE materials by completing the Library Card Application request form. It may be scanned and sent back via email at If preferred, a written request may be mailed to: Circulation Services, Ferris Library for Information, Technology, and Education, 1010 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307. Upon receipt of the written request, a card will be issued within two business days to eligible requestors and mailed to the address provided. This card grants borrowing privileges for print or media in the library. It does not allow access to online library resources from off-campus, as the use of these resources off-campus is limited to current FSU faculty, staff, and students as determined by vendor agreements.

Guest ID Card

An annual Guest Library Card can be issued at no cost to non-FSU users by submitting a completed Library Card Application. Guest cards may be renewed by providing FLITE personnel with any changes or updates to the patron's information.

The guest card provides access to borrowing of media or print materials from FLITE to guests, alumni, emeriti, faculty/staff spouses, institutions, or organizations.

A non-FSU guest must present a valid driver's license or other official photo identification when the card is issued. FLITE accepts cards from other libraries with which it has reciprocity agreements. Reciprocity Patron Cards must be barcoded and linked by the reciprocating library.

Parent/Guardian consent is required for persons under the age of 18 years unless they are Ferris State University students. The parent/guardian accepts final responsibility for library fines and for charges related to damaged or unreturned material.

MelCat Visiting Patrons

Patrons of Michigan libraries that participate in reciprocal borrowing through MeLCat may borrow select FLITE materials using their home library card. See the Visiting Patron FAQ for more information.

Approved by Dean Scott Garrison, August 19, 2016.