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Patron Services

Circulating Materials
Computer Services
Library Cards
Reference and Reader's Advisory

Circulating Materials

Books for Everyone
The Library has over 20,000 books in a wide variety of subjects and genres from which to choose.

Hundreds of Children's and Adult titles to choose from. DVDs check out for one week and may not be reserved or renewed.

We have a large collection of audiobooks, abridged and unabridged, available on tape and CD for children and adults. We also have a large collection of Playaways (all-in-one audiobooks). Downloadable audiobooks are available through our Up North Digital Collection (OverDrive)".

Up North Digital Collection
Over 2,000 digital titles (ebooks and audiobooks) to choose from. Download books instantly to your home computer and then transfer to another device, such as a Kindle, iPad, etc. To get started, click here.

The Library has an extensive children's collection, which includes easy readers, audiobooks, Newbery Medal winners, Spanish language books, chapter books, and reference books. Contact the library for details on story hours and children's programming, or visit the events page.

Interlibrary Loans and MelCat
If you need a book or information not available at the Library, we will get it for you from another library. Click here for MelCat instructions.

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

Magazines and Newspapers
There are over 75 magazines and newspapers from which to choose. Back issues of magazines may be checked out for for one week.


Computer Services

Computer Workstations
The Library has 8 computer/internet workstations and 2 laptops for use, free of charge. Access time is limited to 30 minutes per person. Before using a library computer, all users must read and agree to the terms of use.

Printing is $0.15 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, HeritageQuest, and many more.

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


Library Cards

Benzie Shores District Library Card
Easy to get, easy to use, and free to everyone within the library district. Patrons outside the district may use the materials in the library and have access to computers and the wireless. The library district includes the following members and contract areas: the City of Frankfort, Blaine Township, Crystal Lake Township, the Village of Elberta,Gilmore Township, and a portion of Lake Township (homes located in the FEAS school district). Patrons outside of the district are eligible for subscription cards. Ask a staff member for information on obtaining an out-of-district library card.

Cards are only needed to check materials out of the library. You do not need a card to browse or read in the library, or to use computers and wi-fi. Library programs are open to the public and a card is not required.



Reflections by the Bay
The Reflections series, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is offered every third Wednesday of the month (except December). It is open to the public and is free of charge. Refreshments are served following the program.

Book Share Group
The Book Share Group meets the second Monday of the month at 9:00 a.m. The program lasts roughly one hour. During that time each person takes a turn talking about their books. Attending Book Share group is a great way to hear about books you might not hear of otherwise.

Great Books Discussions
The Great Books Discussion Group meets every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The readings are from the Great Books Foundaton anthologies and the Foundation format is followed. At every meeting an assigned reading is discussed. The discussion is always challenging and thought provoking.
Stop in at the library to borrow a copy of the current anthology. Since each discussion is complete and each meeting has a new reading, it is easy to join the group even if you are unable to attend every discussion.

Children's and Teen Programs
A variety of youth programs are available throughout the year. We offer traditional story times for all ages. In the summer, the library participates in a countywide Children's Summer Reading Program.
After school gaming programs (open play and tournaments) for teens and tweens are also hosted at the library.
Check the library's events page for a listing of our current programs.

Food for Fines
Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas the Benzie Shores District Library offers an amnesty on all overdue fines in exchange for a donation of canned goods or nonperishable items. Everything collected will be donated to local food pantries. Take advantage of this offer to erase overdue fines and help fill the shelves of local food pantries at the same time.


Reference and Reader's Advisory Services

The Library has access to the MeL databases and many fine reference books and materials. Visit our Online Resources page for a more throough 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 Surveys publication provides information on a variety of stocks and market trends. The annual subscription is purchased by State Savings Bank and the Friends Of The Library.

The Morningstar Mutual Funds publication is a mutual fund guide. It is purchased by West Michigan National Bank and the Friends Of The Library.

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

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 new 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.
Or enter a keyword and the system provides a list of any Library holding that matches the keyword.

Readers Advisory
Having trouble finding a good book? We love to make suggestions.

630 Main Street
P.O. Box 631
Frankfort, MI 49635
(231) 352-4671

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Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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