Why close the library?
The SBBDL Board of Trustees made the decision to close the library to the public on March 16 in response to Governor Whitmer’s State of Emergency and related COVID-19 Orders and recommendations for community mitigation of the COVID-19 virus per the MI Dept of Health and Human Services, CDC, the Library of Michigan, and the MI Library Association.

When will the library reopen?

The library building is open & curbside pick-up is available Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

We are ready to welcome you back to the library and are asking you to do your part to Stay Safe to Stay Open. Please wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance from others while you are inside the library. We have hand sanitizer available throughout the building so you can clean your hands frequently, especially when handling shared items, computers and before & after exchanges. Per MI EO 2020-147 a face mask is required while in the library building.

The Center for Disease Control recommends using curbside pick-up or choosing digital materials at your library as one of their safety strategies for daily living as we re-engage during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are using extra caution to protect your health, we encourage you to continue using these services.

The library has been reopening in stages, starting with curbside pick-up only on June 8. See the COVID-19 Virus Preparedness & Reopening Plan for more information on the library’s reopening.

How does curbside pick-up work?
Library patrons will contact the library to request library materials in advance. When you arrive at the library, staff will bring your materials to you in your vehicle. Here’s how…

1. Place holds for items by using your online library account or by calling the library at 231-271-3512. Library staff are available to help you by phone during open hours. Holds made one day will be ready by 10am the next day.

2. Go to the library the day after you placed your holds. When you arrive, call the library at 231-271-3512 and let staff know you are ready to pick up your items by providing your name and either your library card or phone number.

3. Staff will bring your items out to your vehicle.

Library materials should be returned to the outside or inside book drop when you are finished using them, not directly to staff.

What about the books I have out?
You can return your books and other library materials to the outside or inside book drop when you are finished using them. All items currently checked out have a new due date of July 31.

What about MeLCat Interlibrary Loan?
MeLCat Interlibrary Loan is currently unavailable. If you have items borrowed through MeLCat Interlibrary Loan return them to the outside or inside book drop by July 31.

What about my holds?
If you had an item on hold or were on a waiting list for an item when the library closed, your hold will still be in place. Place new holds by using your online library account or by calling the library at 231-271-3512.

Are you taking book donations?
No, we cannot process donations of books, magazines, DVDs, etc. at this time. Please do not leave these items outside the library or in the book drop.

The Friends of the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library will NOT hold their annual book sale in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is typically held in conjunction with the Suttons Bay Art Festival in August, which has also been cancelled. Due to this cancellation, the Friends will not be accepting book donations until further notice. Thank you for your support through book purchases and donations through the years. We hope to be back with our Annual Book Sale in 2021.

Are the books disinfected?
We are taking extra steps to quarantine returned library items for 4 days (per results from the Battelle labs library materials & COVID-19 study) and to use a disinfectant on appropriate surfaces such as hard book covers and plastic cases. We cannot guarantee that books and other library items are disinfected and completely germ-free.

What about the Community Meeting Room?
The Community Meeting Room is currently unavailable.

Will I still receive Homebound Delivery?
Delivery service is currently available for homebound library patrons.

Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes, Wi-Fi is available inside the building during open hours and outside the building 24/7. The network name is ‘SBBDL’ and there is no password.

Can I use a computer?
Yes, our computers are available. Due to limited availability, a one hour time limit is in place. You may request that your computer time be extended if no one is waiting. We have hand sanitizer available throughout the building so you can clean your hands frequently, especially when handling shared items, computers and before & after exchanges.

What about library cards?
If your library account was expired…
Now’s a great time to renew! Call or stop in the library and we’ll get you up-to-date.

Wish you had a library card?
Fill out our online registration form then stop in the library with your picture ID to get your new library card. Call the library if you need assistance.

Can I get eBooks?
Yes, the Up North Digital Collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks is available 24/7. Here’s a quick guide to getting started with the Libby app for our digital collection.
What is Libby?

Still have questions?
Give us a call at 231-271-3512. You can also email Library Director Danielle ‘Nellie’ Danke at director@sbbdl.org.

[updated 7/23/2020]