Traverse Area District Library is a taxing authority. It is funded primarily by a 0.9548 Mil property tax authorized by the residents of Grand Traverse County in August 2016, which has been reduced to .9382 mils (December 2018) for compliance with the Headlee Amendment, and the levy expires in 2025. Other revenues come from Penal Fines, State Aid and various fines and fees.
Traverse Area District Library responds to FOIA requests in compliance with Michigan Freedom of Information Act, according to Traverse Area District Library FOIA Policy. Depending upon the extent of material requested, a fee may be charged. Residents who wish to place a FOIA request must direct them to the TADL FOIA Coordinator, who is the Library Director and must do so in writing as outlined in the Traverse Area District Library Freedom of Information Act Public Summary.