About the Library

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.

Wirt, Auburn, and Pinconning all have small study rooms that can be booked. Please click here to reserve one.

Each library branch has a Community Room that can be used for local meetings.  Please click here to see if your group meets the requirements for use and to book a room.

The bus stops within a block or two of both the Sage and Wirt libraries in Bay City. Visit their website here for more information.

The library accepts and appreciates donations from patrons.  Please click on the Donate link for more information.

With a current form of identification, you can get a library card immediately at any of our locations, or by going to the website and clicking on My Account for an instant, temporary card.

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.

Glad you asked!  The library has volunteer opportunities at each branch for a variety of experiences.  Please click on Volunteer for guidelines and an application.

The library is funded primarily through a county wide millage. Some funds also come from state aid, penal fines, and donations.

Land Acknowledgement

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.