Complete a Library Card Application form and bring it along with identification that shows your current address to any Bay County Library System branch or the bookmobile. Examples of acceptable identification include a valid driver’s license, current utility bill with your address, or a check with your name and address.
A parent’s or legal guardian’s signature is required for minors under the age of 18.
Items can be requested or placed on hold either online or by calling any of the branches. To request or place on hold on an item in the Library Catalog, start by clicking on “My Account.” Type in your library card number (without the A or B) and your PIN to log-in to your account. Click on the “Search” tab and perform your search. When you find the item you would like to request click on “request item.” A screen will confirm your request. Click on “Place a Hold” to complete the process. If you call, you will be asked for the title and your library card number.
With the exception of videos and DVDs, materials belonging to the Bay County Library System can be renewed a maximum of two times, provided they have not been requested by another patron. New materials can only be renewed once. Items borrowed from other libraries are subject to their circulation policies. You can renew items in person, online, or by calling any of the branches. To renew online, go into our Library Catalog, and click on “My Account.” Type in your library card number (without the A or B) and PIN, then renew your items. If you call, you will be asked for the title(s) and your library card number. Renewal of items borrowed through the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog (MeLCat) varies depending on the loaning library. In many cases, they may be renewed if within 7 days of the due date.
Click here to learn how to borrow eBooks/eAudiobooks from the library. You must both be a resident of Bay County, Michigan and own a valid Bay County Library System library card.
Many people are contented browsing library shelves for books, magazines or newspapers to read. Or, you can search our collection on the Library Catalog, which includes other local libraries as well as ours, by title, author, subject or keyword(s). If you do not find what you are looking for on the Library Catalog, you can search the Michigan Electronic Library catalog (MelCat), which includes collections from many libraries across the state. All of the branches and the bookmobile have staff available to help you find material or advise you on how to find books of a particular genre, similar to favorites you have already read, or about subjects of interest.
You can become a “Friend” of the Bay County Library System by joining “The Friends of the Bay County Libraries.” Envelopes, which include registration and membership fee information, are available at any of the branches. Or, you can print out a form, fill it out and mail it, along with a check, to our administrative office.
Most exhibits and displays are welcome as a means of public expression by groups and individuals in the community. Temporary and limited space is available for exhibits or displays of an informational, educational, cultural, intellectual, civic, charitable, or recreational nature, and not for advertising, commercial, fund raising or political purposes. Interested parties are encouraged to read the exhibit policy and complete an application by filling out an exhibit form, which can be submitted at any branch.
On occasion the library has need for volunteers. Interested persons should contact the Managing Librarian at the branch in which they would like to volunteer.
The Bay County Library System accepts gifts of money at any branch or the bookmobile. A completed Donation Form and your gift of money can either be mailed or turned in at any branch or the bookmobile.
The Library also accepts new or used books, CD’s and DVD’s. The Library reserves the right to determine which materials will be put into the collection. All donated material that is not added to the collection goes to the Friend’s book sale for the public to purchase. All money raised by the Friends is returned to the Library to help fund programming and other needs.
Donors can also contribute money to the library’s endowment fund, the “Bay County Library Designated Fund,” which is administered by the Bay Area Community Foundation. Completed checks should be made out to the “BACF – Bay County Library Designated Fund,” and mailed to the Bay Area Community Foundation at 1000 Adams Street, Suite 200, Bay City, MI 48708.
Community meeting rooms are available without charge during library hours to non-profit organizations for informational, educational, cultural, intellectual or civic purposes. Rooms are not available for advertising, commercial, fund raising, religious or political purposes. Interested persons are encouraged to read the “Meeting Rooms Policy.” To make a reservation, a completed “Meeting Room Application Form” is required. It is always a good idea to call the branch in which you are interested in reserving the room well ahead of time in order to check on availability.