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

With extended power outages expected for several days, the City of Birmingham is opening the Baldwin Public Library as a temporary overnight warming station for Birmingham residents. The Baldwin Public Library, located at 300 West Merrill, will extend its regular hours until 9 p.m. on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25.

For those looking for local warming centers, please visit:

Madison Heights – Fire Station #1
31313 Brush Street, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Clawson – Hunter Community Center
509 Fisher Court, Clawson, Mich. 48017

Oak Park Community Center
14300 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237
10:00 am-10:00 pm

For additional assistance, please call the Birmingham Police Department’s non-emergency number at 248-530-1870.


A temporary overnight warming center was held in the lower level of the Baldwin Library from Friday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 25 at 9:30 a.m. Here’s more information about how the warming center was run.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I be able to use public computers and other library services overnight at the temporary warming station?
Library services will not be available during overnight warming station hours from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Users of the temporary warming station are encouraged to rest, eat, or charge devices while in the library.

How do I enter the warming station?
Please sign up ahead of time online at www.baldwinlib.org/warming-center or by calling 248-554-4637. To enter the temporary overnight warming station, please use the main entrance of the library along Merrill Street. The doors will be locked through the night, but staff will open the doors for registered users.

Where is the warming station located?
The warming station is located at the Baldwin Public Library (300 W. Merrill, Birmingham, MI 48009) in the lower level Rotary Donor Room and hallway.

Who can use the warming station?
Due to limited capacity, the overnight warming station is intended for residents of Birmingham.

What is the capacity of the warming station?
Our current capacity is 60 people.

Can I eat in the warming station?
Yes, tables will be set up in the lower level hallway for visitors to use.

Are there any other warming stations available in Oakland County?
A full list of warming stations in Oakland County is available at this link.

Where should I park while using the temporary warming station?
Please park in the Chester street garage. Parking will be available at no charge through the weekend.

Will there be security measures in place throughout the night?
Birmingham police officers will be at the library during warming station hours.

Can I bring my pet to the warming station?

Service animals are allowed and must be secured at all times. Owners are responsible for picking up and disposing of their animals’ waste.

Will we provide food, water, blankets, etc?
Coffee and water will be provided.

What type of items should I bring with me?
Please limit personal belongings. We suggest bringing a blanket and pillow, electronic devices that need to be charged, prescription medication, and personal care items.

What hours are the library open this weekend?

  • Friday, February 24
    • Library open for regular services – 9:30am to 5:30pm
    • Library open for extended hours to charge devices – 5:30pm to 9pm
    • Overnight temporary warming station hours – 9pm to 9:30am Saturday
  • Saturday, February 25
    • Library open for regular services – 9:30am to 5:30pm
    • Library open for extended hours to charge devices – 5:30pm to 9pm


Users of the warming station must respect the following guidelines:

  • Please bring your own reading material and any other personal items you require. Amplified sound devices are prohibited.
  • Please supply your own food and snacks. Vending machines are available on site.
  • Please note, that there are no medical services provided at the warming center.
  • Please keep noise levels to a minimum between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Children under 13 must be supervised by a responsible adult.
  • Service animals must be secured at all times. Owners are responsible for picking up and disposing of their animals’ waste.
  • Physical and verbal violence or threats of violence toward other warming station users are prohibited.
  • Do not bring alcohol or illegal drugs into the warming station.

Violation of these rules may result in your being asked to leave and possibly permanently excluded from the Temporary Emergency Warming Center program.

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