Using the Library

The Grand Ledge Area District Library is happy to serve our community! We hope your time spent with us, both online or in the library is helpful and enjoyable!

What if I don’t know what book I want?

You have options.  Give us a call at 517-627-7014 and tell us what sort of things you like – we might be able to give you some suggestions.

Also, we have several lists of recommendations on our home page and our Next Reads webpage and our catalog has more lists to tempt you.  See a title you like, click on Recommendations to learn more about the book and get even more suggestions.  Our Kid’s Catalog has lots of series, chapter books and categories to choose from — all with friendly book covers for our younger readers to make choosing easier.

What if I want an item that GLADL doesn’t have?

With your GLADL Library Card you have access to MelCat — which has over 40 million items from nearly 400 school, public, and university libraries across Michigan deliveried to your local library for you!  If the items is less than 6 months old or just not available at another library we really encourage you to submit a purchase suggestion to us.  We love to hear from patrons and try to do our best to fill requests.

How do I return books and other materials?

Our bookdrop is open.  We will also have return bins available for use in the library.

How do I access the internet?

Wifi: Wifi is available throughout our building and outside into the parking lot.  Look for “GLADL-Public” in your internet connections.

Workstations: Patrons and guests are able to use the computer workstations in the library.  They have been moved to provide more space between patrons.  We do more cleaning between users as part of our best practices for library usage.

Hotspots: The library loans FREE mobile internet hotspots for 14 days.  Place a hold on one or call us at 517-627-7014 for availability and more information.

Can I print, copy, or fax documents?

  • Printing — We offer black & white laser printing for .10 a copy or .15 for double-sided and color laser printing for .25 a copy or .40 for double-sided.
  • Photocopies — Our copier makes black and white copies at .10 a page
  • Faxing  — Faxing is available for $2 for every 4 pages.  

Can I reserve the 1931 Room?

The 1931 Room can be reserved for groups less 10 people.  All State and Health guidelines must be followed in regards to indoor social gatherings.  Use our online reservation system to check for availability and make a reservation.

 

The Library is currently in Phase 3 of re-opening

Phase 3: In Building, Curb Service & Outdoor Lockers & limited in-person programming

We offer several ways to get library materials — Curb Service, Outdoor Locker Pickup, and In-Library Access. 

In-Library Access is still at a limited capacity — Our capacity has been set by the Grand Ledge Fire Marshall at 45 people.

As per State and Health guidelines — patrons over 5 years old must wear masks unless medically unable to.  Please maintain social distancing by keeping 6 feet apart.

Programs/Games & Toys: The library does not have any of our puzzles or toys available in the Childrens area.  We are continuing our virtual programing and have begun some in-person Programming — some of this is outside or inside in small groups where we can provide enough social distancing.

What is being done to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the Library?

Items will be sorted into 2 categories and handled accordingly:

  • Best Sellers/14-day items; High Demand DVDs/2 day DVDs – these items will be disinfected and checked for holds and made ready for immediate reuse.
  • General Fiction/Non-Fiction/General DVDs/All other items – these items will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Staff are wearing masks and are frequently washing/sanitizing their hands.  We are cleaning touch points and high traffic surfaces on a regular basis. While we can’t guarantee materials are 100% germ-free, we are following all state and local recommendations for libraries at this time to the very best of our knowledge and ability.

Our full COVID-19 Preparedness Plan  is available online.

 

Step #1:   Place items on Hold from our catalog and choose Pickup: Curb Service as your Pickup Location.  Please give us at least 4 business hours to get your items ready for you.  

Not sure what you want or Need help placing a Hold — Call 517-627-7014 and we can assist you.  We are here to help!

Step #2:   Call the Library when you are ready to pickup your items to arrange a pickup time.  We will check out your items and have them ready.

Step #3:   When you arrive at the Library — Call us from your car — 517-627-7014 and we will come out to your car.  Pull up to the Pickup Location alongside the Parking Lot entrance of the Library

The Library now has 10 Outdoor Lockers for contactless hold pickup!

Step #1:   Place items on Hold from our catalog and choose Pickup: Lockers as your Pickup Location.  Please give us at least 4 business hours to get your items ready for you.  

Not sure what you want or Need help placing a Hold — Call 517-627-7014 and we can assist you.  We are here to help!

Step #2:   We will checkout your items to you and give you a call and let you know they are ready.  You have 48 hours to pickup your items.

Step #3:   Come to the library — the Lockers are located right next to our Parking Lot entrance.  Scan your library card or enter the last 5 digits of your library card.  Your locker door will open automatically.  Retrieve your items and firmly close the locker door.

Ready Set Read!

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Guidelines from the CDC — Use Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19