Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a patron?
Come to the library, give us your name, address and phone number and you’re ready to go! We do not charge to sign up for a membership and anyone can become a patron. Since we are a privately funded library that relies on donations, we do not require that you live within the city limits or pay taxes in Harbor Springs to have access to our services, but we do ask that you become a donor.
What events or programming do you have?
We have several story times or other children’s programs each month and often have lectures or other special events that take place in the library. Please refer to our calendar for upcoming events.
How do I check out books?
We keep all of our patrons’ library cards on file at the library, so you don't have to worry about keeping track of your card. When you’ve selected the items you would like to check out, just give the librarian your name and she will find your card number and check the books out to you.
How many items can I check out?
There is no limit to the number of books or movies you can check out at one time. All items are checked out for 14 days with the option of renewal.
What is the rental section?
Rentals are books that have been recently purchased by the library. We charge $0.10 per day (excluding the days the book is checked out & returned, Sundays & holidays). The date of check out is written into the book, and the patron pays upon its return.
Do you offer printing/fax services?
Printing services are available at $0.20 per page. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer fax services. Copy Plus and Ink Spot on State St. is able to offer this service.
How can I renew my items or place a hold on items that are checked out to other patrons?
To renew a book for an additional 14 days, you can call or come in to the library and ask us to renew it. You can also sign in to our online Follett system and view our collection, renew books from home, or place a hold on a book that’s currently checked out. The librarian will call you to notify you when the book becomes available.
How do I log on to your computer system?
Ask your librarian to assign you a log in ID and password and then you can log on to our website under “my account.” From there you can check due dates of books you have checked out, renew books, and place holds on books.
Where do I return my items?
In the drop box outside the library door, but we would prefer that you bring your items up to the front desk if you have the time.
Do you have EBooks?
The Harbor Springs Library has joined a consortium of 44 Northern Michigan Libraries to offer our patrons a large digital collection of ebooks and audio books through an app called OverDrive. With a free account with OverDrive, our patrons can use their Follett IDs to access over 17,000 digital books. Click here for more information.
Can you order books from other libraries?
Yes! Thanks to the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog or MeLCat, we are able to bring books to Harbor Springs from any library in Michigan.
What else can I access through MeLCat?
The Michigan eLibrary (MeLCat) is an enormous database administered by the Library of Michigan that provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair, encyclopedias, business insights, discovery learning, bilingual resources, legal forms, and practice tests. The MeLCat Michigan database contains photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. MeLCat Gateways include specialized resources such as those in health, business, and areas for kids and teens. Click here to access MeLCat.
Is there a wait list for books?
If the book you would like to check out is unavailable, you can call or come in to the library to put your name on a wait list for the book. The librarian will call you to notify you when the book is available for you to pick up.
Do you accept book donations?
We gladly accept book donations. Between the Covers Bookstore in Harbor Springs offers a generous 20% discount on books that will be donated to the library. They carry a wish list of specific books that we would love to receive. Used books that are donated to the library that don’t find a home on our shelves will be placed in our annual book sale.
Do you sell books?
Yes! We have a couple of shelves of books for sale for $1-$2 a piece. We also have a large annual book sale.
Do you have computers available for personal use?
Yes, we have four laptops available to the public in the library (two Macs and two PCs). We have a program that erases anything left on the computers once they are shut down.
Do you have wireless internet?
Yes, the password is hslibrary1.
Public computer policies:
- There is no cost to use the public computers in the library nor is there a cost to borrow our WiFi.
- Public computers are available for use inside the library only.
- Files and applications cannot be saved to Harbor Springs Library public computers. All files will be deleted upon logging off or shutting down the computer.
- Please remember to log off of any online accounts and turn the computer off when finished.
- Above all, please be respectful and responsible while using library computers.
- The library is not responsible for damage to any personal computing devices that may occur while using our network.