About the Library

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The Traverse Area District Library (TADL), a network of community libraries, is a district library funded by a dedicated countywide millage. TADL was established by an agreement between the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County and then ratified by a vote of residents throughout Grand Traverse County. Within the district there are six public library facilities supported by the district millage. They are the Main Library (Traverse City), East Bay Branch Library, Kingsley Branch Library, and three member libraries: Fife Lake Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, and Peninsula Community Library.

Three of these facilities (Fife Lake, Interlochen, Peninsula) are member libraries that receive most of their support from the district-wide millage. Although member libraries have independent elected boards, hire their own library directors and operate autonomously, they are full partners with TADL – their collections are shared throughout the district and they participate in the online public catalog as well as the TADL-provided public computing and wireless access systems.

Our Mission

The Traverse Area District Library provides dynamic resources and innovative services to stimulate intellectual curiosity, facilitate lifelong learning, promote literacy, and nurture personal enrichment.


Traverse Area District Library (TADL) consists of a network of libraries serving Grand Traverse County through the following locations:


TADL provides a wide variety of services, both in digital and non-digital forms. In addition to items in the TADL collections patrons can request materials from other libraries through the inter-library loan program. Materials and services include a broad collection of book titles (both hard copy and audiobooks), periodicals, DVDs, CDs, downloadable ebooks, subscription database, publicly accessible computers, free WiFi, a variety of meeting spaces, the Talking Book Library (blind and physically handicapped services), and free programming for all ages.

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Freedom of Information Act Requests

Traverse Area District Library responds to FOIA requests in compliance with Michigan Freedom of Information Act, according to Traverse Area District Library FOIA Policy.  Depending upon the extent of material requested, a fee may be charged.  Residents who wish to place a FOIA request must direct them to the TADL FOIA Coordinator (the Library Director) and must do so in writing as outlined in the Traverse Area District Library Freedom of Information Act Public Summary.


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