Location

1710 West St Andrews

 Midland MI 48640

 (989) 837-3430

Hours

Mon. - Fri. 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM 

Sat. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Sun. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

*Closed on Sundays

Memorial Day to Labor Day

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The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is a service of the City of Midland

Our Mission: to inspire lifelong learning by connecting people and resources

A to Z Library Services & Information

(The what is it and what does it mean guide to library services, programs, policies, and lingo)
 

Apps
Several library resources have apps for use on your smart device.


Audiobooks
There are many options for listening to books. In the library, you can checkout audiobooks on cd, mp3 and playaway. (Playaways are a book that is pre-loaded on a small portable device). The library also has 3 digital services for playing on your smart device. Hoopla, OverDrive (using the Libby app) and RbDigital.


Baskets to Borrow
Handy baskets will hold your materials as you make selections or can be checked out for convenient storage at home. Baskets are checked out for 28 days and may be renewed. Return the basket to the check-in area. Look for the plastic yellow baskets several places around the library.
Thanks 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 November 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 book, including some discussion questions, all packaged into a sturdy zipper bag for you to carry.


Book Express
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 one week and do not allow holds. (Additional books are available for holds.) The collection is located in front of the Reference Desk.

Book and Reading Resources
Internet resources to help readers for Adults, Teens, and Children.

 

Book Sales
The Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library hosts a large used book sale a couple times of year. Check their webpage for more information.
The Friends also provides books for sale in the Cup and Chaucer Coffee Bar area and in the lower level hallway across from MCTV anytime the library is open.

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.

 

Check Out Periods
Loan periods vary from 7 days to 60 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. More card information.

Children's Services
Take a look at our Youth Services page to see what we offer for children.

Computer Classes
The library holds a series of computer instruction sessions on general computer skills, using Microsoft Office software, internet resources and more a couple of times a year. Check the library newsletter- Library Connection, for upcoming dates and registration information. (Sign up for email delivery of newsletter)

 

Computer Services at the Library
The library has a variety of  computer services available to patrons. They include access to the Internet, word processing, in-house laptop rental, and more. Internet acceptable use policy.

Corporate Cards
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.

Databases
Collections of information searched for and accessed by a computer. By searching these resources the user can view magazine and newspaper articles, reference book entries, pictures, statistics, and other valuable information. This is published and more reliable information that a searcher typically can find on the Internet using a search engine. Use your library card number to access these resources from home.  Troubleshooting tips.

 

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. 837-3430

 

Donations
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 for tax purposes at the reference desk.
    There are 2 places to bring your donations:
Small bin behind the reference desk.

Large drive-up bin outside the employee entrance to the Library on Eastman Ave. 
(Please note that left hand turns into this parking lot is prohibited.)

 

DVD Rentals
No charges to check out DVD's as of September 2019.DVD's check out for 7 days.
 New DVDs cannot be renewed, older items can be renewed twice

 

eBooks
The library has a collection of eBooks 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.  
Click here for help using the collection.

Employment
Check the City of Midland's Human Resources page for current openings.

 

Exam Proctoring Service
The library provides a proctoring service for distance learning students. Please contact the Reference Desk for more information 837-3449.

 

Facebook Page 
Come visit us on facebook. 

Fines and Fees

 

Friends of the Library

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 community.

 

Foreign Languages
Mango Languages is an interactive web based resources you can access using your library card.  The library also has books and recordings to assist you in learning another language. 

 

Genealogy

Housed in the Local History /Genealogy Room, genealogical services include: access to microfilm readers and printers, complete Midland newspapers on microfilm, microfilms of US censuses for Midland, and microfilm copies of other local vital statistics. The Genealogy Collection (RG) 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, except for a small collection of genealogy cd-rom resources that can be checked out.
See our Genealogy Gateway for more resources.

 

Genealogy Volunteers

Local genealogists volunteer to provide specialized assistance. Normal hours are M-F, 1-4pm. Please call to confirm before making a special trip: 989/837-3449. Library staff provides assistance during regular hours.

 

Holds
A hold allows a person to acquire material that is either currently checked out or at another library. Place a hold at the reference desk, any library computers, or by using the online catalog.  The Reference Desk staff will also place a hold for you over the telephone, 837-3449. You must have your Library card with you to place holds. You will be notified by phone or email when the item is at the library and waiting for you.

 

Hours
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

 

Inter-Library Loan
When information is not readily available at the Library, we will help you locate it in another location. Use the  Melcat a Michigan-wide catalog, to place requests yourself or contact the Reference Desk for assistance. 837-3449.

Laptop Rentals
The Library has several laptops for use within the library. The computers have access to the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Library Board
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. 

Library Cards
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, overdue fines, and various fees. This is a bearer’s card so the cardholder should report lost or stolen library cards to the Checkout Desk. Change of name, address, phone number, or e-mail address should be reported to the Checkout Desk. 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 calendars are sent to your email each month.

 

Local History/Genealogy Room

The Local History/Genealogy Room houses historical collections of the Library. These include the Reference Michigan collection (RM), Genealogy Reference (RG), Midland newspapers, any microform 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.

 

Magazines
The Library has subscriptions to mostly popular interest magazines. You can search for our holdings of magazines by using the Library 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.  Also, thousands of magazines and newspapers are available online. Click here to access journals and other scholarly articles. (Online resources requires library card to access). Contact the reference desk, 837-3449, for more information.

 

MelCat
Michigan-wide catalog and loaning system. You can search and request for material to be sent the library using your library card number.

 

Memorials
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 
Historical Midland Newspapers (1870-1922) Current 
Midland Daily News  (2002 – present) Search and read articles. (Requires library card to access) Index to the paper (2003 - 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. Documents are housed near the Reference Desk. 
Also available on the city's website: Boards and Commissions (includes agenda, reports, and streaming video of meetings),   Budget,   City Charter,   Code of Ordinances,   Dioxin Information,   Employment,   Garbage Collection and Recycling,   Property Information,   Recreation Information,   Tax Bill Information,   Zoning Ordinance,  and much more.

Multiple Copies of Books for Youth
Teachers or book discussion leaders can easily find out what books the library has multiple copies of the same title available. Before planning a literature circle or group book discussion, take a look at the quality children's literature we have in multiple copies. Click here to see the list of books that are available with 10-15, 16-20, and 21 or more copies.

OverDrive eBooks
The library has a collection of eBooks 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.  
    Click here for help using the collection.

 

Phone Numbers
General Library Information: 989-837-3430 
Reference Questions: 989-837-3449 
Checkout, renewals, overdues: 989-837-3457 
Youth Services: 989-837-3466
MCTV Network: 989-837-3474
TDD: 989-837-3472 
Friends of the Library: 989-839-8159 


Policies
View the policies set by the library for acquiring a library card, checkout periods, fines and fees, rules of conduct, and Internet use.

 

Proctoring Service
The library provides a proctoring service for distance learning students. Please contact the Reference Desk for more information 837-3449.

 

Printing
Print from the Internet or word processing using the library's computers. Printing is not available from your own laptop. The cost for black and white prints are 10 cents per page. Color printing is 50 cents per page. 

 

Programs for Adults
Book discussions, classic movies, computer classes, small business seminars and writer workshops. Click here to view the options.

 

Programs for Teens
Take a look at what is happening 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. To see what programs are coming up next, click here for the latest children.

 

Reading Resources
Internet resources to help readers for Adults, Teens, and Children.

 

Reference Services
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.

 

Renew Items
This is an extension of 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. Materials not eligible for renewal are new DVD's and Book Express. Renew your material by

 

Reserve Express
Reserve Express will automatically place you on the reserve list for new books for your favorite authors. Log into the catalog to choose the authors. View detailed instructions.

Room Rentals
The library has rooms available for rent: three conference rooms (20 person capacity), the Lounge (49 person capacity) with kitchen facilities, 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 

Storytimes
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. 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.

Teen Programs
Various teen programs are held throughout the year, from Cram Night to Lock and Roll. Please check our Teen Spot or ask a Youth Services librarian about upcoming events. 

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 to schedule a tour or complete the Library Visits & Orientation form and return it to the library. Tour requests need to be made at least two weeks in advance.

 

Trains
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. From the ever-popular train table to the caboose-like puppet stage at Jackie’s Junction, train fans enjoy visiting the library!

 

Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library host a used book sale a couple times of year. Check here for more information. T
he Friends also provides books for sale in the Orchard Room.

Volunteer Opportunities
The library has several ways you can get involved. Library Board and Friends of the Library and Volunteens.

Wireless Access to the Internet
The library provides free open access to the Internet through the wireless network. Stop by the reference desk for the passowrd.

Youth Services Department
Offers a variety of resources and services designed especially for infants, children, and teens, along with their parents, caregivers, and teachers. Its 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. For details about programs or resources, view the Youth Servicess page for more information.