Is the library open?
The library is open for inside or curbside service. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 10am-6pm, Friday from 10am-4pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm.

Why was the library closed?
The library was closed between March 16 – June 7, 2020 in response to Governor Whitmer’s State of Emergency and related orders and recommendations for community mitigation of the COVID-19 virus per the CDC, MI Dept of Health and Human Services and the Library of Michigan.  The library reopened on June 8, beginning with curbside pick-up only.

Why reopen in stages?
Having a reopening plan that allows the library to move between stages of service offers the best balance of safety and service to the community. We consider library staff and users, as well as the safety of and service to the community as a whole. We are guided by orders, recommendations and data from the CDC, OSHA, MDHHS, MIOSHA, the Library of Michigan and the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department. See the COVID-19 Virus Preparedness & Reopening Plan for more information on the library’s stages of service.

What about masks, social distancing & handwashing?

Wear a mask covering nose and mouth, as required, while inside the library. Per MDHHS Order, masks are required in public indoor spaces except for those who are:
-Fully vaccinated
-Under 2 years old
-Unable to medically tolerate a mask

Maintain a 6-foot distance from others while you are inside the library.

Clean your hands frequently, especially when handling shared items, computers and before & after exchanges at the library.

How does curbside pick-up work?
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.

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 on available items one day will be ready by 10am the next day, and often sooner.
2. When you arrive at the library, call 231-271-3512 and let staff know you are ready to pick up your items.
3. Staff will bring your items out to your vehicle.

Is curbside pick-up only for books?
No, you can also request magazines, movies, audiobooks and music CDs for curbside pick-up. You can even get copies and print-outs.

What about returning library books?
Please return your books and other library materials directly to the outside or inside book drop when you are finished using them. Do not hand your returned items directly to library staff.

Are the books disinfected?
Items that are visibly dirty are cleaned with 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.

Do you offer Homebound Delivery of library materials?
Yes, we offer delivery service of library materials to homebound library patrons. If you or someone you know are in need of this service, please contact the library.

What about the Little Free Libraries?
The Little Free Libraries maintained by the Friends of the Library are open. They are located at Bingham Township Hall on Center Hwy and Shady Lane Market on M-22.

What about MeLCat Interlibrary Loan?
MeLCat Interlibrary Loan service is available. If you would like an item that is not available at the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library, you can request it from another library to be delivered to SBBDL through www.

Can I get eBooks?
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?

TumbleBooks, a digital collection for kids, is available 24/7.

Can I use a computer?
Public computers are available for use. There is a one hour time limit on computers with one renewal if no one is waiting.

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.

What about the Community Meeting Room?
The Community Meeting Room is available by reservation for groups of 13 or less.  Group members must wear a mask covering nose and mouth, as required by MDHHS Order, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others while using the meeting room. Contact the library to reserve the meeting room.

Do you have programs?
Most programs are virtual at this time. Please check our events calendar for current offerings.

Outdoor Preschool Story Time is now being offered.  Outdoor Preschool Story Time will be held on the library’s back lawn at 10:30am on Tuesday mornings, weather permitting. If you would like to check on the weather, tune in to the library’s Facebook page at 9:30am or call the library at 231-271-3512 beginning at 10am on Tuesday mornings. In the case of inclement weather, Preschool Story Time will be held virtually on the library’s Facebook page. Please bring a beach towel to sit on and to maintain spacing between families. You can choose to wear a mask or not at outdoor programs. Masks, as required by MDHHS Order, are required inside the library.

Are you taking book donations?
The Friends of the Library are not taking ongoing book/media donations in 2021. Do not put these items inside the book drop or leave them outside the library.
Instead of ongoing donations, the Friends are coordinating Book Donation Drop-Off Day(s). People with books/media to donate must preregister by calling the library before the Drop-Off Day. Book/media donations are limited to 3 grocery bags per registrant.

Do you have books for sale?

There is a small ongoing book sale corner at the library with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Library. There is also a free magazine shelf. Please ask library staff about the book sale corner and free magazine shelf.

What about the Annual Book Sale?
The Friends of the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library are planning their Annual Book Sale in 2021. The Book Sale is held in conjunction with the Suttons Bay Art Festival in August; if the Art Fair takes place, the Book Sale will, too.

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

[updated 6/19/2021]