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.
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.