Our purpose here at the library is to make information and resources available to our patrons. To that end, we offer a variety of items for checkout (see the list below under The Library's Collection). Books check out for two weeks; movies, music, games, magazines and catalogs check out for three days. If we do not have the item you need, we will make every effort to borrow it from another library through the Michigan eLibrary Catalogue (MeLCat) or intra-library loan from another state.
|Item||Loan Period||Renewal Period|
|Books||2 weeks||2 weeks (none if on hold)|
|New Movies, Games, Magazines||3 days||None|
|Old Movies||1 week||None|
|MeL items||Varies by material type||Varies by material type|
We have the following services available to the public:
- Black & White or Color Copies (10 cents or 75 cents per page)
- Printing from a Library Computer (25 cents per page)
- Faxing (sending and receiving) ($1 per page)
- Scanning (free)
- Laminating ($1 per page)
- Notary Public (free)
- Test Proctoring (free)
Youth and Teen Services
The library offers a number of programs and services for its young patrons. During the fall and winter months, we offer Story Hour to 4-6 year olds. During June and July, the Summer Reading Program offers prizes for reading and includes movie showings, story and craft hours, field trips, visiting speakers or entertainers and a puppet show. The month of August features Kid University, an exciting program offering classes for kids on various subjects. Every Fall, the Bad Axe Public School 5th graders visit for an orientation about the library and how it differs from their school library. Also starting in September and running through May, a young adult book club meets monthly. It is open to readers 10 years old and up. We also have an annual young adult game night for gamers 8 years old and up that features a variety of board and video games to play. New during the 2014-15 school year is the development of the Teen Advisory Group, which will be starting up again soon with lots of new ideas in the works.
The library has a reference area for researching various medical, legal, economic and social issues. Our staff is also prepared to help you take advantage of the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) which contains an extensive array of databases and websites for conducting research on any issue. There is a link to MeL elsewhere on our website.
The library provides a homebound delivery service to those who cannot get out to come to the library. Simply call the library to request that items be brought to or picked up from a person's residence.
The library also reaches out to young parents who have recently delivered a baby at Huron Medical Center. We encourage them to mail in a postcard provided them at the hospital, and we, in turn, send them a book and other gifts to enjoy with their new child.
The Library's Collection
The library houses a collection of over 35,000 items, including:
27,000 books and large print books
1,250 audio books
500 downloadable audio books
100 magazines and catalogs
1,300 VHS tapes
1,600 music CDs
600 video games, including computer games, Play Station, Play Station 2, X-Box, X-Box 360, Game Cube, Wii, and Nintendo 64
Huron Daily Tribune and Huron County census records on microfilm, library computers, and online
a local history collection; and
an obituary index
Community Spaces in the Library
The library has a meeting room that is used by the Library Board for monthly meetings and is available for groups to reserve. There are also numerous quiet areas around the library where patrons can meet for discussion or study.