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.

Wear a mask covering nose and mouth, as required by MDHHS Order, and 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.

The CDC recommends using curbside pick-up or choosing digital materials at your library as safer options during the pandemic. If you are using extra caution to protect your health, we encourage you to continue using these services.

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.

On June 8 the library reopened in stages with precautions in place, starting with curbside pick-up only and transitioning to the building open at full hours in July.

On November 19 the library moved back to curbside pick-up only in response to rising rates of COVID-19 infections in our region and related orders and recommendations. When key metrics for a Safe Start improved, the library began offering inside service on February 1, 2021 transitioning to the building open at full hours on March 1.

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, print-outs and tax forms.

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.

I brought my book back. Why is it still on my account?
Library items are quarantined for 3 days after they are returned.  Items are checked in AFTER the quarantine period. If you returned a book and still see it on on your account, it is currently in quarantine.

Are the books disinfected?
We are taking extra steps to quarantine returned library items for 72 hours and to use a disinfectant on appropriate surfaces such as hard book covers and plastic cases. The quarantine period is to allow time for any virus that may be on the item to become nonviable. We cannot guarantee that books and other library items are disinfected and completely germ-free.

Do you have tax forms?
Yes, we have federal and Michigan 1040 tax forms and instruction booklets for 2020 available.

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.

The Little Free Libraries are ‘take only’. Do not return items or make donations to them. Please do not use the Little Free Libraries if you are sick. Wear a mask, keep a distance from others and clean your hands frequently when using them. We are taking precautions to clean & disinfectant the libraries and their contents, but cannot guarantee a completely germ-free environment.

What about MeLCat Interlibrary Loan?
MeLCat Interlibrary Loan service restarted on August 10. 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. mel.org.

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?

Can I use a computer?
Public computers are available for use. There is a one hour time limit on computers.

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.

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 did not hold their annual book sale in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

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 3/25/2021]