Why close the library?
The SBBDL Board of Trustees made the decision to close the library to the public 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, Library of Michigan, MI Library Association and the CDC.

What about the books I have out?
You can return your books and other library materials to the outside 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?
With all libraries closed in Michigan, MeLCat Interlibrary Loan is currently unavailable. If you have items borrowed through MeLCat Interlibrary Loan return them to the outside book drop when you are finished using them. We will get them back to the other libraries when we can.

What about my holds?
If you have an item on hold, or are on a waiting list for an item, your hold will still be in place when the library reopens.

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.

Are the books disinfected?
We are taking extra steps to quarantine returned library items for 72 hours (as recommended to libraries by the CDC) 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?
All meeting room reservations are canceled during the library closure.

Will I still receive Homebound Delivery?
Homebound Delivery service is suspended during the library closure.

What about Curbside Pick-Up?
Curbside Pick-Up was not offered at the library before the library’s closure but we will offer this service as part of our reopening. We cannot offer this service currently per Executive Order.

Will the Wi-Fi work?
Yes, the Wi-Fi will still work and is available outside the building 24/7. The network name is ‘SBBDL’ and there is no password.

What about library cards?
If you have an up-to-date library account…
Your card will not expire during the library’s closure.

If your library account was expired…
Now’s a great time to renew! Email director@sbbdl.org and we’ll get you up-to-date.

Wish you had a library card to access our digital collection? We can help…
Fill out our online registration form, and we will email you a temporary library account that you can use to access the Up North Digital Collection.

Can I still 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?
Staff will be checking the library’s voicemail periodically; the library’s phone number is 231-271-3512 if you would like to leave a message. You can also email Library Director Danielle ‘Nellie’ Danke at director@sbbdl.org.

[updated 6/1/2020]