Book drops, limited inside service, and curbside available! Normal branch hours have resumed. Read our COVID-19 Response plan here.

NOTE: Per updated CDC recommendations, returned materials are quarantined for at least 7 days before items are checked in. You will still see items on your account during that time, but you will not incur any late fees.

EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2020...Governor's Executive Order 2020-147
In accordance with the new state mandate, a mask is required to be worn to enter and while inside the library. Masks are available, if needed.

Research FAQ

BCLS Research Databases can be accessed by all Bay County residents with a valid BCLS library card.

The Bay County Library System provides a wide variety of Databases with topics including but not limited to Auto Repair, Business, Consumer Reports, Genealogy, Local History, Investments, Practice Tests, and Student Research.

Just select the “Databases” heading under the “Research” tab to get started.

The Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library features a Local History and Genealogy Room which is open to the public during all regular library hours. Materials located in the room are for In-House use only and specialized assistance is provided by members of the Bay County Genealogical Society from 1-4 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

You can contact the Wirt Library Reference Desk by phone at (989) 893-9566 ext.2200 or by email at

Bay City and Pinconning newspapers on microfilm can be accessed in the Local History and Genealogy room at the Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library. Bay County residents with a valid library card may also remotely access the Bay City Times digital archives covering the years 1899-1925 and 2004-Present.

The Business Resource Center at the Wirt Library contains materials on business start-up, business directories, legal resources, and investment services. In addition, BCLS provides access to various Business and Investment online databases.

BCLS offers a multitude of materials on career research, job searching, interviewing, and resume building. In addition, all BCLS locations offer computers the public can use for job searching, job application, and creating resumes and cover letters.