Troy library cardholders earn discounts, perks at businesses

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 14, 2011


Troy library cardholders can flash their cards at a number of nearby businesses for a flurry of discounts.

In celebration of National Library Card Sign-up month in September, a number of businesses will offer those who hold cards from libraries in the Suburban Library Cooperative discounts on books, food, fitness programs, electronics, computers, weight loss products, flowers, career consulting and even laundry services. While the majority of participating businesses are in Macomb County, Troy library cardholders can still capitalize.

“Troy continues to be a member of the cooperative,” said Philip Kwik, head of public services at the Troy Public Library. The SLC includes 19 libraries throughout Macomb County, as well as the Troy Public Library.

For the second consecutive year, SLC libraries have partnered with local businesses to offer the discounts. Participating businesses, along with their locations and contact information, are outlined on a list available at the Troy library. Offers vary based on the establishment and include percentages off certain products or services, or off a customer’s total bill; discounts in a specific dollar amount; or freebies when a patron makes a purchase.

Discounts on products and services are available from more than 40 businesses. In Troy, ENGR Consulting, on Big Beaver, will offer its career Map Transition program, normally a $500 cost, for $250. Income Asset Protection Agency, on Long Lake, will offer a $120 dental/vision/prescription discount card to those who make an appointment with a representative for an evaluation of their asset and health insurance for their business.

Nearby businesses offering discounts include Del Taco on Dequindre in Warren; The Friars Kitchen & Bakery on 12 Mile in Warren; the Ram’s Horn Restaurant on Dequindre in Warren; the Grand Azteca on Van Dyke in Sterling Heights; Michelle’s Restaurant on Van Dyke in Warren; and Van Dyke Bowl on Van Dyke in Sterling Heights.

“We received many positive comments about linking the library with local businesses,” said Tammy Turgeon, director of both the Sterling Heights Public Library and the SLC. “When I shared the program idea with the other member libraries of the Suburban Library Cooperative, they agreed that we should all work together this year to promote libraries and make connections with local businesses while providing a nice perk for our cardholders.”

Troy residents and property owners can get a library card that will allow them access to all Troy library-owned material and materials owned by other SLC libraries, including Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield, Clinton Township, Eastpointe, Fraser, Harper Woods, Lenox Township, Macomb Township, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, Ray Township, Richmond, Romeo, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, Utica and Warren.

To apply for a Troy library card, people must complete an application, verify their residency and bring a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID with a current address. A photo ID/passport and one of the following: a home contract/purchase agreement, a current property tax statement or a dated lease agreement, would also be acceptable.

Bank or credit card statement, checkbooks with addresses, post office boxes, voter registration cards or any other bills will not suffice.

Applications may be downloaded at librarycardapplication. The list of participating businesses may be downloaded from the Suburban Library Cooperative website,

For more information on how to obtain a Troy library card, call (248) 524-3538. The Troy library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver.

Staff Writer Cortney Casey contributed to this report.