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Betsie Valley District Library

Welcome to the Betsie Valley District Library!

Welcome to the Betsie Valley District Library...the little Library with a big heart!

A loving message from our hearts to you!

As we continue to deal with Covid19 cases in our communities, we have had to adjust our Library services. We deeply appreciate your understanding and we are dedicated to serving our community safely! We will all get through this together!

Consequently, we will be following the approved guidelines to safely reopen and ensure that we are here to serve you!
This process will be done in phases. We have created a workable and safe plan, with the realization that the directives may change from day-to-day.

We will be open Monday 11am to 5pm, Tuesday 11am to 5pm, Wednesday 11am to 7pm, Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday 11am to 6pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm. We will have service and computer sessions available by appointment. To keep the community safe and healthy, we’ve had to make some changes. See the list below for answers to your frequently asked questions:


Per the CDC and the Institute of Museum and Library Services recommendations, books and materials will be sanitized upon return to the Library. Book covers and CD’s, DVD’s and CD cases are wiped down before they are returned to the shelf. Newspapers, magazines, board games, puzzles, children’s puppets are not available to the public at this time.

We are following the The MDHHS guidelines, masks are required for entry unless you are fully vaccinated or under age 2. We strongly encourage our patrons to comply with the guidelines. If you have forgotten your mask, one will be available for you near the circulation desk.


A lot of people are reluctant to venture out. That is okay! We will continue curbside service for those patrons who want a book, but don’t want to face a crowd. Just call the Library at 231-378-2716 or email us at We’ll check out your books and you can call us to pick them up curbside.


Computer usage will change. To comply with social distancing requirements, we have two patron computers available which are set 6 feet apart. To make sure that everyone who needs to can have access to a computer, sessions will be 30 minutes long. If you have a special need, like an exam or job application that will required more time, you can ask the Library staff before you start your session and we will accommodate you the best that we can!


MELCAT IS STILL OPEN! We love that we can expand the Library’s resources to our patrons through MELCAT! You can order materials from other libraries to be delivered to our library for pick up. Or, you can call us and we can order them for you! Call 231-378-2716!


Because we can’t guarantee social distancing in programs at this time, all our Library programs will be hosted online. Please visit our website or Facebook page for information on programs!  Watch our online Story Hour which can be seen on the Library’s Facebook page and on the Library’s YouTube channel!

Click here for the Betsie Valley Library Covid-19 Exposure, Prevention, Preparedness, Response Plan.

Click here for the Betsie Valley District Library Pandemic Reopening Policy

We will post updates on our Facebook and on the Library website.

We realize that the Library is a haven for our community, and our community is the heart of the Library! We are the "Little Library with a big heart...and that heart belongs to each and everyone of you!

We are all in this together; we have a great community spirit! We will get through this, so until we reunite, let us all stay well, be kind, be hopeful, and smile!

Please remember, "Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything." —Madeleine L’Engle

We are pleased to provide this online presence for your convenience and enrichment. The Library is very grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their support in bringing you our website.
Our community was greatly blessed by the wonderful gift of a state of the art Library building by The Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation. We officially opened the doors to the new building in March 2014. We welcome all to "your" Library! We strive to make our Library a welcoming haven for all that visit and where we wish to grow the love and magic of reading with all of our community. 

For your convenience, you may conduct any Library business on this site, such as renewals, reserves, etc., with the exception of paying fines.

Also, you may research the Library catalog; Title / Author / Keyword searching.

We encourage you to use the Up North Digital Collection to download ebooks, movies and music!

We encourage you in using the Michigan eLibrary or MeL:

MeL is a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.

  • MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids and adults, covering specialized topics such as car repair and practice tests.
  • MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeLCat. We are a MeLCat participant Library!
  • Seeking Michigan is home to a treasure trove of records, photographs, and maps. You can find records, state census records, and much more, including photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. 

We are currently utilizing a new circulation and cataloguing software called Apollo by the company Biblionix! We deeply appreciate your patience as during our launch of the new system! We hope that you will find the new BVDL catalog will be much more user friendly! Our new catalog is now available!

Information about times, dates, speakers, etc. for Library programs and special services will be available on this site.

Other links to local, regional and statewide information sources will be placed here.

The Library Board and Library staff invite and encourage you to use the website and
to check it often for information about upcoming Library programs and new services.

Your suggestions are encouraged, so we can make this site the most helpful to you, as well as your suggestions for the Library itself.

Sincerely,  Michelle Guerra, Library Director 





Upcoming Events
Discover Tales and Tails 2021 Summer Reading Program Jun 01, 2021 02:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Fractured Tails and Tales! Jun 23, 2021 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Online, Betsie Valley District Library
Dragons Palooza! Jun 30, 2021 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Online, Betsie Valley District Library
A Hero's Journey Jul 07, 2021 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Online, Betsie Valley District Library
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Jul 13, 2021 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
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