Baldwin Public Library services will cease at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Baldwin Public Library employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

During the closure the building will be cleaned and disinfected, following cleaning protocols as recommended by the CDC for the safety of employees and patrons.

During the closure:

  • Curbside Pickup of items will not be available
  • Telephone service will not be available
  • Materials return drop boxes will not be available

Baldwin Public Library will resume the above services on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

Baldwin Public Library Returns to Phase 4: Curbside Pickup

November 16, 2020: The safety of Baldwin’s patrons and staff remains the top priority as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Unfortunately, our community is experiencing significant increases in the number of cases and the virus positivity rate. To help combat this trend, the Baldwin Public Library will return to Level 4: Curbside Service of our phased reopening plan, and close for in-person visits effective Tuesday, November 17.

Knowing that the Library is an essential part of our patrons’ lives we will continue to serve you to the fullest extent possible via curbside pickup, online, and phone in the manner outlined below.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will regularly evaluate the situation so we can reopen as soon as safely possible.
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., and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:45 p.m. To place items on hold for curbside pickup along Bates Street, visit

Read more about Baldwin’s phased reopening plan

Level 5: Staff Only BPL (June 8-14, 2020)
On Monday, June 8, the Baldwin Public Library will begin its phased reopening plan by accepting the return of checked-out materials. As we process and quarantine a large volume of items, please allow up to seven days for items to show as returned on your library account. Fines are not accruing on items at this time. All items checked out before March 15 are due August 1, 2020. Both the curbside drop box and the entry-level return box will be open for returns.


Level 4: Curbside BPL (June 15-July 3, 2020, November 17 – TBD)
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)
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 with a 45-minute time limit. 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 Library will reopen in phases beginning on Monday, June 8. The current Executive Orders in effect from the State of Michigan allow libraries and museums to reopen on June 8, 2020 (Executive Order 2020-110), subject to the rules governing retail stores described in Executive Order 2020-97 or any order that may follow from it. 

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. The first phase will begin on Monday, June 8, when staff members are allowed to report to the building again, at which time we will begin accepting returns and providing telephone and email reference services.

The second phase will begin on Monday, June 15 when we remain closed to the public, but will add curbside pickup service.

On Monday, July 6, we will reopen to the public with our ‘grab and go’ stage, where people will be able to enter the building for short periods of time, provided they adhere to physical distancing and other related public health guidance.

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 72 hours before being recirculated to subsequent patrons. We will not individually sanitize every time that is returned to the Library. The Institute of Library and Museum Services is conducting a study on the length of time COVID-19 remains on surfaces. When the results of this study are released in mid-June, we will adjust our guidelines to meet best practices, where required. (IMLS COVID-19 Research Announcement

When will MeL or interlibrary loan be available?

MeLCat lending and borrowing will resume 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 Doug Koschik by email at, or by phone at 248-554-4681, to share your thoughts about the plan. You may also virtually attend the public Library Board meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. (View meeting notice

Are you accepting donations for Used Book Sales?
The Friends of the Baldwin Public Library are not accepting any donations until further notice. The Friends are still deciding whether or not to host their November Used Book Sale and storage space is at a premium.

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 masks and/or face shields 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
  • Aisles and entries will be made one-way, using stanchions and signage to direct traffic as necessary
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at all public services desks
  • Some seating will be removed or moved to ensure 6 feet of space between patrons
  • All programming will be conducted virtually until further notice
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