Is the library open?
The library was closed between March 16 – June 7 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 CDC, MI Dept of Health and Human Services and the Library of Michigan. The library has been reopening in stages with precautions in place, starting with curbside pick-up only on June 8 and transitioning to our current service hours on July 6.

The library building is open & curbside pick-up is available Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. Do your part to Stay Safe to Stay Open. Wear a face mask, as required by MI  Executive 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 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.

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 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?
We are taking extra steps to quarantine returned library items for 4 days 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.

I brought my book back. Why is it still on my account?
Library items are quarantined for 4 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.

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 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.

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?
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.

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 currently unavailable.

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

[updated 9/9/2020]