300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

The Baldwin Public Library is open for Phase 3: Grab & Go service 

You may browse the shelves, pick up held items, and check items out, but please plan to enjoy them elsewhere.
Curbside pickup will remain an option for physical items and take-and-make crafts. All of BPL’s electronic offerings will remain accessible 24/7 on our website.
Please keep the following in mind as you plan your visit:
  • Due to the rising number of new COVID-19 cases in the area, the Library’s occupancy limit is 25 patrons.
  • Please limit your visits to the Library and the amount of time you spend in the Library. No furniture is available at this time.
  • If you can, please pick up items via Curbside Pickup rather than enter the Library.
  • Please refrain from entering the Library if you have traveled out of state in the last ten days as recommended in the CDC travel guidelines.
  • We ask that you enter the Library only if you’re feeling healthy and not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wear a paper or fabric mask snugly covering your mouth and nose at all times (except children under age 2).  Mask use inside the building is mandatory.
  • Anyone unable or unwilling to comply with mask wearing guidelines should plan to use the curbside pickup service.
  • Stay 6′ apart or more from anyone not living in your household.
  • Public computers are available to BPL Cardholders by appointment only.
  • Internet to Go kits are available to check out by any cardholder for use at home for up to one week.
  • Copying, Faxing and Scanning are available.
  • No one-on-one technology assistance is available at this time.
  • Programming will remain virtual and/or take away.
  • Book and DVD donations will not be accepted.
  • Shop the book sale online at baldwinlib.org/shop
We greatly appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work to keep the Library open while keeping our staff and visitors as safe as possible, especially as case counts in Michigan are quickly increasing.
Curbside pickup is available:
  • Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sundays from 12:00 to 4:45 p.m.
To place items on hold for curbside pickup along Bates Street, visit baldwinlib.org/curbsidepickup.

Read more about Baldwin’s phased reopening plan

Level 4: Curbside BPL (June 15-July 3, 2020, November 17, 2020 – February 7, 2021)

Curbside pickup will be available to patrons at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

You can request items online or on the phone, and then call or text when you arrive at the Library. Staff will deliver your items to the sidewalk. Telephone and e-mail reference service will be available.


Level 3: Grab and Go BPL (July 6, 2020 – November 16, 2020, February 8, 2021 – present)
The new start date is to be determined. Patrons will be welcomed into the building for short periods of time, with masks and social distancing required. Public computers will be available for 45-minutes by appointment only for BPL cardholders only. Curbside delivery will continue. RETURNED ITEMS ARE QUARANTINED FOR SEVEN DAYS. We ask that you wait seven days after you have returned items before you contact us about any item still listed on your account.  At that time we will be more than happy to investigate.


Level 2: Six-Foot BPL
The start date is still to be determined. There will be a 60-minute time limit at public computers. The photocopier, fax, and scanner will be available, as will study rooms. Proctoring will become available again, and the book sale table in the lobby will be open for business.


Level 1: An Even Better BPL
The start date is still to be determined. All library services will resume, including in-person programs. Room rentals will be available, and donations to the Friends of the Library book sale will be accepted.

While the Library is closed to the public, we encourage you to check out our selection of online materials. We have thousands of books, movies, music, and more for you to stream or download with your Library card.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Library reopen?

The Baldwin Library Board and Administration are closely monitoring COVID-19 case counts in the area. The Library will progress to Phase 3: Grab and Go of the reopening plan once the following four markers are met:

What does “reopen in phases” mean?

The Library has developed a reopening plan which entails bringing back different aspects of our services in phases, in order to ensure the safety of our staff members and patrons.

View the full Pandemic Response Plan.

Why won’t the building just open normally?

The Library will adhere to all local, state and federal health and safety guidance in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and maintain a safe working environment for our staff members and our patrons. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot provide services in the same way that we did before the pandemic. The safety of our community is our top priority.

Who developed this plan?

The Library Director, Associate Director, and Management Team developed the reopening plan with feedback and input from the Library staff members and the Library Board. It is in line with the way other area libraries are handling their reopening as well.

Will returned materials be quarantined/sanitized before recirculation?

All returned materials will be quarantined for a period of 7 days before being recirculated to subsequent patrons. We will not individually sanitize every time that is returned to the Library. 

When will MeL or interlibrary loan be available?

MeLCat lending and borrowing resumed on August 10, 2020.

ILL will be available to patrons when MeLCat lending and borrowing is restored.

I have questions, concerns, or comments about this plan. With whom can I speak further about it?

You may contact Library Director Rebekah Craft by email at rebekah.craft@baldwinlib.org, or by phone at 248-554-4681, to share your thoughts about the plan. You may also virtually attend public Library Board meetings, scheduled for the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. 

Are you accepting donations for Used Book Sales?

The Friends of the Baldwin Public Library are not accepting any used books or media donations until further notice. 

The Friends would love to receive your donations in the future, but it may be a matter of many months before they can begin accepting donations again.

All items donated items left outside the Library entrance will be discarded.

What precautions will the Library take to protect patrons (and staff members) who are inside the building?
  • Staff members will respond to a health checklist when reporting to work each day, and ill staff members will not be allowed to enter the building
  • Patrons who are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus will be asked not to visit the Library
  • All staff members will wear paper or fabric masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times when interacting with the public. Patrons will also be asked to wear masks when inside the building and wash or sanitize hands upon entering the building
  • All staff members and patrons will observe 6 feet of physical distance from other people while inside the building
  • High-touch surfaces, including door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc., will be cleaned with increased frequency
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at all public services desks
  • Most seating has been removed or moved to ensure 6 feet of space between patrons
  • All programming will be conducted virtually until further notice
  • Computer use is limited to BPL cardholders by appointment only
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