Elk Rapids District Library

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Patron Services

Circulating Materials

Books for Everyone
The Library has over 12,000 books in a wide variety of subjects and genres from which to choose.

DVDs
Hundreds of Children's and Adult titles to choose from. DVDs check out for one week. They may be renewed if there is not a hold on the title.

Audiobooks
We have a large collection of audiobooks, abridged and unabridged, available on CD for children and adults. 

Up North Digital Collection
Thousands of digital titles (ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music) to choose from. Download instantly to your home computer and then transfer to another device, such as a Kindle, iPad, etc. To get started, click here.

For Children
The Library has an updated children's collection, which includes easy readers, audiobooks, award winners, Spanish language books, chapter books, and reference books. We also have two touch screen computers loaded with educational children's software and games. Contact the library for details on story hours and children's programming, or visit the events page.

Interlibrary Loans
If you need a book or information not available at the Library, we will try to get it for you from another library. 

Large Print Books
Hundreds of large print books are available and the collection is updated regularly.

Magazines and Newspapers
There are over 50 magazines and newspapers from which to choose. Back issues of magazines may be checked out for one week.

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Computer Services

Computer Workstations
The Library has 4 computer/internet workstations and 7 laptops for use, free of charge. Access time on workstations is limited to 60 minutes per person.

Printing
Printing and copying are $0.10 per page. No color printing or wireless printing is available.

Internet Search Services
The Library has access to the MeL (Michigan eLibrary) Databases which include Medline, ebooks, Learn-a-Test, Chilton's Car Repair Manuals, Heritage Quest, and many more.

Wireless Internet Access
Available for free, 24/7. Wi-Fi may be accessed after hours in the library parking lot.

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Library Cards

Elk Rapids District Library Card
Easy to get, easy to use, and free to everyone within the district. Library cards are available for residents of Elk Rapids Village, Elk Rapids Township, Milton Township, or Torch Lake Township. If you are not sure if your home is included in our district, a library staff member can look it up for you. Patrons outside the district may use the materials in the library and have access to computers and the wireless, or may purchase a non-resident card to remove materials from the library. Library programs are open to the public and a card is not required.

If you do not have a library card, getting one is easy! Simply bring a driver’s license or state ID that has your current address on it to the library or your child’s open house and fill out a registration card. If your ID does not have a current address, bring something to verify your address such as a property tax bill, bank statement, current utility bill, or a lease or rental agreement.

A parent or legal guardian must come into the library and sign a registration card in person for children ages 5 - 17 to receive a card. Children under 5 use their parent’s or guardian’s card.

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Programs

Check the Library's calendar for a listing of our current programs.

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Reference and Reader's Advisory Services

The Library has access to the MeL databases and many fine reference books and materials. Visit our eShelf & Research page for a more thorough listing of references sources available. The Library staff is happy to help with any reference question you may have.

Business Resources -- Financial Investment Publications
The Value Line Investment Survey online publication provides information on a variety of stocks and market trends.
The Business Resource Center is a collection of books, periodicals, and databases for business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs.  Northern Lakes Economic Alliance offers monthly free business consulting on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. and classes on starting and growing a business as well.  Contact 231-582-6485 or info@northernlakes.net to schedule an appointment and for class times.

Health Information -- The Library has many medical reference books that explain medications, diseases, procedures, and other medical questions. Timely medical information is available for free though the MeL databases at www.mel.org and through health newsletters. Many alternative medicine books are also available.

Gale Legal Database -- Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Click here to get started.


Online Public Catalog - Search the entire holdings of the Library via the Web or using our in-house computer system. This system is easy to use and available to all Library patrons. On the Web version of the catalog, the first step is to set up an account using your library card number. You can reserve and renew materials or browse the catalog. Here are some of the ways you can search the catalog:

Enter a title and receive the book's description and availability.

Enter an author and the system provides a list of all titles by that author, the description, and availability.

Enter a subject and all titles that match the subject are listed by author or title.

Enter a keyword and the system provides a list of any Library holding that matches the keyword.

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