A to Z Library Services & Information
Several library resources have apps for use on your smart device.
There are many options for listening to books. The Library has 3 digital services for playing on your smart device. Hoopla, OverDrive (using the Libby app) and RbDigital. In the Library, you can checkout audiobooks on cds, mp3s and playaways (playaways are a book that is pre-loaded on a small portable device).
Baskets to Borrow
Handy baskets will hold your materials as you make selections and can be checked out for convenient storage at home. Look for the plastic yellow baskets several places around the Library. Baskets are checked out for 21 days and may be renewed. Return the basket to the check-in area.
Thank you to the Friends of the Library for generously providing the baskets.
Battle of the Books
This special reading program is for students in Grades 4 and 5. The students form teams and read from a list of 20 librarian-selected books from December to March. Two Written Battles determine the top 16 teams which compete in a series of Oral Battles. The top two teams from the Oral Battles face off in a Championship Battle to determine the winning team.
Book Club in a Bag
The Library offers a quick and easy way to hold a book discussion group: Book Club in a Bag. Each kit contains ten copies of a popular book and information about the author and title, including discussion questions, all packaged into a sturdy zipper bag for you to carry.
Donated materials become the property of the Library. Materials may be added to the collection or given to the Friends of the Library to be sold at their used book sales. Proceeds from the sale support Library projects and programs. A receipt for donated material is available at the Reference Desk.
There are 2 places to bring your donations:
- Small bin near Large Print.
- Large drive-up bin outside the employee entrance on Eastman Ave.
(Please note that left hand turns into this parking lot is prohibited.)
The purpose of Book Express is to get new popular books into the reader's hands as quickly as possible and to move a book from person to person with a minimum amount of time involved. These books circulate for 1 week and do not allow holds. (Additional books are available for holds.) The collection is located in front of the Reference Desk.
The Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library hosts a large used book sale a couple times of year. Re-tale Market also provides books for sale in the Orchard Room anytime the Library is open.
Library and Internet resources to help readers find a good book to read.
Books Coming Soon
Want to see what new titles are due out in the coming months? Discover which authors will be releasing their new books soon. The titles have a link into the Library catalog that will allow you to place a hold. Also Reserve Express will automatically place you on the reserve list for new books by selected authors.
Check Out Periods
Loan periods vary from 7 days to 60 days. Most items checkout for 21 days.
Child's Library Card
Minors (under 16 years old) must have a parent or legal guardian present and sign the application to obtain a card.
The Library holds a series of computer instruction sessions on general computer skills, using Microsoft Office software, Internet resources and more.
Computer Services at the Library
The Library has a variety of computer services available to patrons. They include access to the Internet, word processing, laptop rental in the library, Wi-FI, and more.
If your business/organization is located within the Library’s service area, you are eligible to receive a library card for your company. Contact the circulation department for more information, 837-3457.
Find published and reliable information. Use your library card number and PIN (usually the last 4 numbers of your phone number) to access resources from home.
Display Rental Areas
The Library has art exhibition and display spaces for use. Contact the library during administrative office hours (M-F 8 am-12 noon & 1-5 pm) for information about reserving the spaces, 837-3432.
The Library will take used books and monetary gifts. Donated materials become the property of the Library, materials may be added to the collection or given to the Friends of the Library to be sold at their used book sales. Monetary gifts may be given in honor or in memory of a person.
There is no charges to check out DVD's (as of September 2019) and they check out for 7 days. New DVDs cannot be renewed and there is a limit of 5 new DVD's per household. Older items can be renewed twice and there is no limit to how many older DVD's you can borrow.
The Library has eBooks that are compatible with the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other eReader devices. This service is available to library card holders in good standing.
Check the City of Midland's Human Resources page for current openings.
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The mission of the Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is to support, strengthen and enlarge the scope of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library's services and facilities for the enrichment of the entire community.
The Library has books, audiobooks and foreign film DVD's to help you learn a foreign language. Transparent Language is an interactive web based resource and RbDigital includes magazines in many different languages.
Housed in the Local History/ Genealogy Room near the Reference Desk, genealogical services include: access to microfilm readers and printers, the complete Midland newspapers on microfilm, microfilms of US censuses for Midland, and microfilm copies of other local vital statistics. The Genealogy Collection (shown as RG in the catalog) contains materials of basic genealogical references, local and regional genealogy sources, materials on states of basic migration patterns, and basic Canadian materials. Materials such as family histories are not added unless there is a Midland connection. Reference Genealogy materials do not circulate.
Local genealogists volunteer to provide specialized assistance. Normal hours are M-F, 1-4 pm. Please call to confirm before making a special trip: 989-837-3449.
A hold allows a person to acquire material that is currently checked out. Place a hold at the Reference Desk, any Library computers, or by using the catalog. You will be notified by phone or email when the item is ready for you.
Hoopla is a service for audiobooks, comics, eBooks, movies, music, and TV. Hoopla allows Library patrons to download content using the app or stream media content in your web browser. Find instructions for using the app.
Regular hours are:
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Closed Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day
When information is not readily available at the Library, we will help you locate it in another location. Use Melcat a Michigan-wide catalog, to place requests yourself or contact the Reference Desk for assistance, 837-3449.
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform that offers films and documentaries. The service also includes the Great Courses series. Kanopy Kids includes children's programming. Find instructions for using the app.
The Library has several laptops for use within the library. The computers have access to the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The Library Board studies Library services offered to the community. The board advises the City Council on user policies and future plans for improving Library services.
A library card is available free of charge to all individuals who show proof of residency within our service area. The cardholder is responsible for all library materials checked out. The cardholder should report lost or stolen library cards as well as changes of name, address, phone number, or e-mail address to the Checkout Desk, 837-3457. Minors (under 16 years old) must have a parent or legal guardian present and sign the application to obtain a card.
Library Events Newsletter
Sign up to receive information about upcoming programs and new services at the Library. The newsletters are sent to your email each month.
The Local History/Genealogy Room houses historical collections of the Library. These include the Reference Michigan collection (RM), Genealogy Reference (RG), Midland newspapers, and micro-form materials. The Reference Michigan collection is comprised of materials pertinent to the City of Midland and Midland County, materials important to the development and history of the county, major industries, and major personages. See our Genealogy Gateway for more resources.
Watch video tutorials to improve your software, technology, creative, and business skills.
The Library has subscriptions to mostly popular interest magazines. You can search for our holdings of magazines by using the catalog. The current issue is for use in the Library only and older issues can be checked out. Several titles are kept for longer time periods. You can borrow digital magazines using RBDigital. Contact the Reference Desk, 837-3449, for more information.
Michigan-wide catalog and loaning system. You can search and request for material to be sent the library using your library card number.
Monetary gifts are welcome. They may be given in honor or in memory of a person. Donors may request the type of material and the subject area. An acknowledgement is sent to the donor and to the honoree or the honoree's family. A bookplate is placed in each item and includes the donor's and the honoree's names.
Midland Daily Newspaper
View citations for the newspaper from 1963 to the present. Come into the library to view the micro-film from the 1870's to the present.
Midland Government Information Center
The Library maintains a partial collection of City of Midland documents which includes meeting minutes, annual reports, budgets, and proposals. EPA and a limited number of other government reports are also available.
Popular eBooks and audiobooks that are compatible with the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other eReader devices. This service is available to residents of the Library’s legal service area. Find instructions for using the service.
General Library Information: 989-837-3430
Reference Questions: 989-837-3449
Checkout, renewals, account information: 989-837-3457
Youth Services: 989-837-3466
MCTV Network: 989-837-3474
Friends of the Library: 989-839-8159
PIN or Password
The PIN is usually the last 4 numbers of your phone number. You will need the PIN to use the computers in the Library, sign into the catalog to request items, borrow eBooks, and many of the research databases. Call the Library at 989-837-3449 for help identifying your PIN.
View the policies set by the Library for acquiring a library card, checkout periods, fines and fees, rules of conduct, and Internet use.
The Library provides a proctoring service for distance learning students. Please contact the Reference Desk for more information, 837-3449.
Print from the Internet or word processing using the Library's computers. The cost for black and white prints are 10 cents per page. Color printing is 50 cents per page. Send a print job to the Library.
Programs for Adults
Enjoy lectures, movies, computer classes, small business seminars, crafts and more.
Programs for Teens
The Teen Advisory board helps the Library plan fun and relevant activities for teens.
Programs for Youth
From book discussions and story-times to special event programs, the Youth Services Department offers many different opportunities for children of all ages.
Enjoy audiobooks and magazines in your web browser or downloaded to your smart device. Also includes language learning, music lessons, and access to Acorn TV. Find instructions for using the service.
Resources to help readers find their next good read.
We provide information such as statistics, business information, homework help, reader's advisory services, and much more to the general public and local government. When you have a question, call us at 837-3449.
Extend the loan period for material that has been checked out. Two successive renewals may be made on most materials if another patron has not placed a hold on them. You must have your Library card with you to renew. Some materials are not eligible for renewal such as new DVD's and Book Express. Renew your material by
calling the circulation desk at (989) 837-3457,
texting the library at (989) 750-0060,
In the library, stopping at the Checkout Desk, or using the catalog computers.
The Library has rooms available for rent: three conference rooms (20 person capacity), the Community Room with kitchen facilities (49 person capacity), and the Auditorium (266 person capacity) with projector, lighting, and sound system. Contact the Library during administrative office hours
(M-F 8 am-12 noon & 1-5 pm) for information about reserving the meeting rooms, 837-3430.
There are four different storytimes designed especially for the developmental stages and interests of children: Baby Time (for non-walking babies); Toddler Time (for walking babies up to 24 months); Circle Time (for ages 2 and 3); and Ready, Sit, Read! Storytime (for ages 4 and 5). These are drop-in sessions, so no pre-registration is required.
Summer Reading Program for Youth, Teens, and Adults
A reading/listening program is held each summer for all ages -- from infants to teens and adults. Participants receive prizes for reading or listening to books throughout the summer. Many programs and special performances are scheduled throughout the summer to celebrate summer reading.
Various teen programs are held throughout the year, from Cram Night to book discussions.
Tours for Youth
Tours provide an overview of the Library’s collection and services for children. The Library schedules tours for first grade classes from public schools in the Library's service area. Other groups in the community have the opportunity to schedule special tours for their needs as well. Interested adults can either call Youth Services, 837-3466, to schedule a tour. Tour requests need to be made at least two weeks in advance.
Trains are an important part of the Youth Services Department! The train that runs along the ceiling in the nonfiction collection is a fun sight to see.
Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library host a used book sale a couple times of year. The Friends also provides books for sale in the Orchard Room.
The Library has several ways you can get involved. Library Board, Friends of the Library and Volunteens.
Wireless Access to the Internet
The Library provides free open access to the Internet through the wireless network. Choose Wi-Fi option: GraceADowLibraryWIFI Password: gracedow
Youth Services Department
Offers a variety of resources and services designed especially for infants, children, and teens, along with their parents, caregivers, and teachers. It's large collection of fiction and non-fiction books, along with various multimedia materials, are located on the lower level of the library. At the YS desk, helpful librarians are ready to answer questions or offer reader’s advisory. There is much to see and do in our inviting youth-centered environment, from the various children’s activity stations to the lively Teen Spot. Storytimes and special programs are offered throughout the year for all ages.