Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 7pm
Fri. & Sat. 10am – 5pm
Sun. 12noon – 5pm

Curbside Service begins June 8

How do I request items?

The quickest and easiest way is to place a hold online.  If you do not remember your login, or need assistance placing holds, you can reach us by email or use our online chat.

When and how long does it take before I can pick up my items?

  • Curbside pickup is available beginning Monday, June 8.  Curbside Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • You will receive notification that your item(s) is ready by either phone, email, or text.  Please allow at least 24 hours for your requests to be processed.
  • If you had items on hold prior to the library closure, you will receive a reminder soon.

Can we request items from other libraries?  Are all Petoskey items available?

All borrowing between libraries, including MeLCat, has been suspended. At this time you can only request Petoskey District Library items. 
Most Petoskey items are available for curbside pickup including Library of Things items, tax forms, and print jobs.

How do I pick up my requested items?

Beginning Monday, June 8, after you receive notification that your item is ready:

  • Park in front of the main door at 500 E Mitchell Street and call us.  We will update this phone number June 8.
  • To observe social distancing and safety precautions, we suggest wearing a mask even though you are in your car. For your protection and ours, library staff will also be wearing masks.
  • Please pop your trunk and we will place the items in your trunk. If that is not an option, we will place them in the backseat on the passenger side.  All items will come with a checkout receipt.
  • If you will pick up your items on foot, please call 5 minutes ahead and we will bag and label your items with your last name and place outside the front doors on a cart.

 How do I return library items?

  • All items may be dropped off in the drive-thru book return box in the alley behind the Library, or in any of our off-site book returns. Please do not attempt to return any items to library staff directly, as we will be observing social distancing measures and all items need to go through quarantine protocols. Please note that there will be at least a 3-day delay in clearing items from your library account. During this time, we are unable to accept book donations.

What if I don’t have a library card?

  • To determine if you’re eligible for a Petoskey District Library card click here.  Ready to register?  Fill out this form!  Staff will contact you within 24 hours with information about your library card.
  • Have a card, but can’t find it?  You can  pick up items without your card.

Are you disinfecting books and/or other items? 

Items are emptied from our on-site book returns once a day, placed on carts, and quarantined for a recommended 3 days before being checked in and reshelved in the Library. We will follow the same process for incoming item requests.

How are you protecting library staff?

Staffing at the library has been reduced to minimum levels with limited staff on-site during operating hours. Staff are exercising proper social distancing protocols, practicing excellent hygiene, and wearing necessary personal protective equipment when handling items. Staff will not be interacting with the public.

When will the building reopen to the public?

We are following a phased reopening plan, so currently the Library, including all meetings, is closed to the public. We are offering some programs virtually- check our website and Facebook page for updates. Continue Reading

Ask the Director

Watch the video below where library director Valerie Meyerson answers some of your questions about our closure. Tune in to What’s Up Wednesday on Facebook every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. to Ask the Director anything!

2020 Census Information

The 2020 Census is underway—more than half the households across America have responded—and more are responding every day. Households which had not yet responded in mid-to-late April were sent paper questionnaires, and will soon be sent another postcard reminder from the Census Bureau, if they still have not responded. Due to COVID-19, the best response to the census is self-response either online, over the phone, or by mail. Completing the questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes and your response is confidential and secure. Click here for language support. Continue Reading

Access to Materials

Access Information and Materials from Home
As always, PDL cardholders may download or stream books, movies, magazines and music directly to any computer or to most of the following devices: Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, FireTV, iOS, Roku. To determine if you’re eligible for a Petoskey District Library card click here.  Ready to register?  Fill out this form!  

Ancestry Library Edition: During our closure research family history from home.  View this video to learn how to access remotely.
Hoopla: 
Checkout 4 items per month, choosing from audiobooks, eBooks, movies, comics, TV shows and music.
Kanopy: Stream classic cinema, indie films, and top documentaries, 8 viewing credits per month.
Mango Languages: Access online language learning software providing over 70 language tutorials.
Overdrive/Libby: Download up to 5 audibooks, eBooks, or videos at a time.
RB Digital Magazines: Download and read from over 50 magazine titles.  First-time users must register on a desktop before using the mobile app.

For information and resources about COVID-19, please visit here.

A State of Michigan hotline 1-888-535-6136 has been set up to answer general questions regarding COVID-19 and resources that are available for all Michigan communities. This state hotline will be staffed daily from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Click the following to access community and online resources, virtual tours, and MeL databases.

PDL Page Turners Book Club

On Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. we will meet on Zoom to discuss Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land by Noé Alvarez. This title is available right now as an eBook or eAudiobook using your library card on Hoopla. If you would like to attend, please register or email us for the Zoom password.

Trivia Thursday!

We had so much fun, we’re doing it again! Join us for a virtual trivia night through Zoom on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. General trivia questions, teams will be the members of your household. Play alone or with your family! Hosted by our Teen Librarian, Nisa, and PDL scorekeepers!

Registration and an email address is required. More information including the Zoom meeting link and password and instructions will be emailed to registrants by Wednesday, June 17. The winning team will get a gift card to a local restaurant. Hope to see you there!

Value Line at Home

Now with your Petoskey District Library card (barcode), enjoy remote access to the Value Line’s Library Elite product that covers 3500 stocks across 100 industries.  Create your own custom report; use the screener tool to understand profit and risk; and gather incomparable data, news, and analysis all from home.  This product is available to you from PDL for a limited time only.  Tell us what you think!

Genealogy Research from Home

Need a fun activity to do while social distancing? Why not try some genealogical research from home? While we are closed, the Petoskey District Library is providing Ancestry.com (Library Edition) to you remotely.  Remote access is available to PDL cardholders for a limited time only.  Log in to our online catalog to access the link.  Here are some directions to get you started. 

Another cool resource is The Greenwood Cemetery website. Here you can access full newspapers from Emmet County, dating back to the 1870s. This site is always expanding, and it now has thousands of historical photographs and documents, all accessible from your home computer. We are very fortunate to have such a unique resource available to us.

Did you know that the Library of Congress has digitized a ton of Sanborn Fire Maps? Currently, you can access maps from over 3000 U.S. cities. These detailed maps are historical snapshots that tell a vivid story of our past. Beware! This site can take you down some rabbit-holes, and you may lose track of hours of your time.

RBDigital Magazines

Petoskey District Library is pleased to announce the availability of RBDigital for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand. Through the Library gateway, patrons of Petoskey District Library will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. RBDigital’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.  Forbes, Newsweek, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic Traveler are just a few of the popular titles available.

Tax Form Information

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IRS (Federal) Tax Forms
The 2019 IRS 1040 Forms and Instructions are available in the reference area on the second floor. We will gladly assist you in downloading and printing forms or ordering forms by mail at the Reference Desk on the second floor. The following list contains links to some common IRS tax forms, instructions and publications. Other forms and publications are also available at the IRS website.

Tax return preparation and filing options include Free File and e-file can be found here. Continue Reading

Fine Free 2020

If overdue fines have kept you or your family from using the Library, we have great news for you! Petoskey District Library (PDL) is proud to join fine-free libraries across the country and we look forward to welcoming back many patrons who have stopped using the library because of overdue fines. Starting January 1, 2020, overdue fines will no longer be charged on most items. Most patrons’ existing overdue balances will be wiped clean to give them a fresh start to the year. Continue Reading

What Michigan Residents Need to Know about Real ID

On Oct. 1, 2021, the federally mandated REAL ID law goes into effect, and if you travel by air, this law will impact you. REAL ID is the post-9/11 federal requirement that sets higher security standards for identification. Once in effect, a REAL ID will be required to board any U.S. flight or to enter some federal facilities. A REAL ID can be a U.S. Passport or an Enhanced Driver’s License – or you can turn your standard driver’s license into a REAL ID at the Secretary of State’s office. Learn more about the law and what documents you need to bring to get a REAL ID at www.Michigan.gov/REALID.

Foundation Directory Online

Discover a wealth of information on searching for grants, writing proposals, establishing nonprofits, and fundraising at the Library. Through a subscription to Foundation Directory Online, users can search unique databases of information on more than 140,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grantmaking public charities and over 4 million of their recent grants. This service can be used free of charge on a Library computer. We currently can allow access to the directory from a Library computer one patron at a time, so it is recommended to call ahead to reserve a time slot. Continue Reading

Book Club Kits

Attention book club members! As you are thinking about your next titles, you may want to consider checking out one of our book club kits. Choose from the following titles:
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl.
The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Hguyen
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
The Girls of Atomic City, by Denise Kiernan
1984, by George Orwell
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
First Darling of the Morning, by Thrity Umrigar
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance —NEW
Visit here for descriptions of each of our book club kit titles.

Coming soon:
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles Continue Reading

Library Wins Grant to Support Tutoring Program

The Library is pleased to announce they are a recent recipient of a $750 Community Grant from Petoskey’s Walmart store #2417. Aligned with our mission to nurture knowledge, drive discovery, and connect community, this grant will support the Growing Readers Together program, a partnership between the Library and the Public Schools of Petoskey.  Growing Readers Together, which is now in its second year, is a three-pronged approach to supporting children in their reading quest:  direct tutoring for students, Family Literacy Nights to help families learn more skills to support their student’s achievements; and Brain Boxes, to provide materials for students to take home. Continue Reading

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan’s libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet, as well as providing an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system, known as MeLCat, to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.

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For links to the complete collection, go to the MeL Databases page.