Housed in the historic Mills Community House, The Benzonia
Public Library has been serving residents of and visitors to Benzie County since
The library is open to the public six days per week beginning
at 10 am. A library card is necessary to borrow materials, and everyone with a home
address is eligible for a card. To apply for a library card, please present your
driver's license and proof of residence address.
The collection includes over 20,000 items for children and adults including books,
large print, audio books, music, DVDs, and magazines. The library also participates
in Mel, a statewide interlibrary loan program so that all of your information needs
can be met. The loan period is three weeks for most materials, and one week for DVDs.
Visiting Patrons from libraries participating in the MeLCat Visiting Patron option
may also borrow library materials.
Benzonia Public Library has expanded its services with eBooks,
audiobooks, music, and video available to download on personal devices. Library card
holders with active library cards at Benzonia Public Library can borrow popular digital
media anytime, anywhere by visiting www.benzonia.lib.mi.us and clicking on the link
for OverDrive Download or by signing in at upnorth.lib.overdrive.com (have your library
More than 35 libraries in northern lower Michigan have banded together to create
the Up North Digital Collection to offer online borrowing of eBooks, audiobooks,
music, and videos purchased specifically for remote use. Not everything you ever
wanted to read is here, but there are almost 9000 eBooks, over 1500 audiobooks, 120
music albums, and 112 videos.
Users may enjoy reading on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®,
iPad®, Nook®, Android(TM) phones and tablets,
and Kindle®. eBooks can be read immediately on any device with an internet browser
or downloaded to a device. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the
lending period. There are no late fees!
OverDrive is simple and easy to use, but we will offer regularly scheduled tech help
for learning how to download. This tech help will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
from 12pm to 2pm at Benzonia Public Library.
We are so excited to be able to take this digital leap and offer this service to
our patrons!! We would also like to thank the Friends of Benzonia Public Library
for the funding to make this possible.
Up North Digital Collection OverDrive Basics:
You can borrow up to 5 titles. The lending period is 2 weeks
for eBooks and audiobooks and 3 days for music and video.
You will need an active library card, and you will need to be a year-round or summer
resident with a Benzie County address to borrow OverDrive titles from this library.
(To apply for a library card, please present your driver's license and proof of residence
address.) You do not need to be physically at the library to borrow digital items.
You can place up to 5 titles on hold at one time. You will
receive an email notification when a title becomes available. Once the notice is
sent, you'll have 2 days (48 hours) to borrow the title. If you don't retrieve it
in time, the title will be made available to the next user on the list.
The library has bound, print issues of the Benzie Banner
/ Record Patriot dating back to 1888. Benzie County Plat books and cemetery indexes,
along with tombstone photographs are available to use. The Michigan Room houses the
Bruce Catton collection and books about Michigan's rich history or books written
by Michigan authors. Newspaper subscriptions include the Traverse City Record Eagle
and the Record Patriot. The staff encourages researchers to use the Michigan ELibrary
to augment the print collection of research materials found in the building.
Computers and the Internet
There are six public access computers that have word processing
and spreadsheet software along with broadband access to the Internet. Computer sessions
are 30 minutes in length. In addition, the library provides wireless connectivity
24/7. Even when the library is closed, laptop users are more than welcome to use
WI-FI from the porch or parking lot. There are no time limits for wireless users.
Prints from the public computers costs $0.25 per page.
Faxes and Copies
Need to send a fax or copy a favorite recipe? The library
staff will be happy to assist. Fees for copies are $0.25 per page. Faxes are $2.00
The Benzonia Public Library is a member of MeLCat, a statewide library catalog that
allows patrons to search and request a loan of books, audiobooks, tapes, and other
material of interest from ANY Internet connection, any time of day. Requested items
are delivered to the Benzonia Public Library for pickup. The MeLCat site is easy to use. You just need
a Benzonia Public Library card. The MeLCat catalog includes holdings of 237 public
and academic libraries. Expand your choices! Use MeLCat!
Early Literacy Station
The Library has a new stand-alone computer, not connected to the Internet,
that will attract and educate kids ages 2-8. It is designed to support school readiness
and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging. Just a few of
the software titles are:
- La Casa de Dora
- SpongeBob SquarePants Typing
- Giggles Kids My Musical World/ABCs and 123s
- Math Doodles
- Know Your USA
- Sesame Street
- Speakaboos interactive storybooks
The Library appreciates the funding by patron donations
and Friends of Benzonia Public Library.