News from the Baldwin Public Library | June 2020
A message from Library Director Doug Koschik

Having received input from staff members, health departments, and other local public libraries, the Baldwin Public Library has decided on a re-opening plan:

Level 5: Staff Only BPL
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
Beginning Monday, June 15,  curbside pickup  will be available to patrons at the following times:
  • Monday to Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 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
Starting on Monday, July 6, the public will be allowed into the building for short periods of time, with masks and social distancing required. Aisles between the stacks will be one-way. Regular Library hours will resume. There will be a 30-minute time limit at public computers. Curbside delivery will continue.

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.

View more details and the entire plan at .
Use the Library at Home
While the Library is closed, we encourage you to use our online resources. Many companies that we work with have expanded their offerings during the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a list of resources you can use from home:

  • OverDrive Libby - ebooks and eaudiobooks
  • Hoopla! Digital - movies, music, TV shows, ebooks, eaudiobooks, and graphic novels
  • Hoopla Bonus Borrows - a new and specially curated collection of over 1,000 items that don't count against your monthly item limit.
  • Kanopy - Watch over 30,000 Documentaries, Classic and Indie Films. 

News & Media
  • Digital Magazines - thousands of full-color, digital magazines with no expiration limit on checkout.
  • Online Newspapers - get access beyond the paywall of the websites for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Financial Times.
  • Newspaper Databases - access indexed articles from The Detroit Free Press, the Wall Street Journal, and more through ProQuest

  • Ancestry Library - now available from home for a limited time. Access the world's largest online history resource with family history, family trees, genealogy research, and records search.
  • CreativeBug - online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques.
  • Gale Courses - Enroll in one of 350+ online courses to learn a new skill or strengthen a passion. Registration is open now for courses that begin on April 15.
  • - instructional videos on popular subjects like web design, IT, education, media, and business. recently added specials courses on how to work from home more productively.
  • Mango Languages - learn to speak over 71 languages with self-paced, conversationally-based lessons.

For Students
  • Brainfuse Tutoring - live tutoring from 2:00pm – 11:00pm, seven days a week.
  • Tumblebooks - animated, talking picture books. It's currently free to anyone, with or without a library card.
  • PebbleGo - includes great, kid-friendly resources and activities on COVID-19
  • Bookflix - online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books.
  • - fast, reliable online resources for homework and home schooling activities.

Please contact  if you have any questions or need assistance using these resources from home.

Baldwin Public Library | 300 W. Merrill | Birmingham, MI 48009