BCLS Mission Statement
"Our libraries are cultural hubs that transform our community by providing vital opportunities connecting people, ideas, and information."
No. As of 2021, the Bay County Library System is proud to be fine-free! Fees for lost or damaged items still apply.
Including all four branches, more than 25,000 people walk through our doors each month for programs, computer use, meetings, research and entertainment.
The Friends of the Bay County Library System is a great volunteer organization made up of community members who are passionate about their libraries. The group's primary purpose is to raise money for library activities, act as library ambassadors in the community, and assist with millage campaigns. Please visit the Friends page for more information and how to join.
The library is funded primarily through a county wide millage. Some funds also come from state aid, penal fines, and donations.
A land acknowledgement is a statement which offers recognition, and respect, for those who originally lived on the land where we now work and reside.
We acknowledge that the Bay County Library System sits on the unceded ancestral homelands of native peoples.
Please click here to read the entire acknowledgement.