Frequently Asked Questions about the TADL COVID-19 Closure

Why did the Library close?

On Friday, March 13th, the decision was made to close the library until further notice as a matter of public health and safety and to be a proactive part of the solution to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community. Hours of input from staff, Board members, community leaders, and other regional library directors went into this decision. Closing TADL was one of the hardest and most heartbreaking decisions we have ever made, and it was the safety of our staff and patrons that ended up being the most important factor in that decision.  With over 2,000 visitors per day at our library, we knew we would be exposing our patrons and staff to the potential dangers that the Governor’s Executive Order, at that time, was forbidding with groups over 100 people. On March 16th the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-20 closed all Michigan libraries until April 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM. This includes any curbside or delivery services.  

What about my books? My Holds?

The book drop is locked to prevent potential contamination of the library and staff. We ask all patrons to not return their materials until further notice. All TADL and Melcat materials won’t be due until after we open and there will be no late charges during this time. Items currently on Hold will still be available when we reopen. 

What about curbside/mail service?

Currently, we do not feel curbside service would be safe for staff as it would expose staff to many, many people each day against the Governor’s Executive Order.  Some smaller libraries do offer this service currently but many are discontinuing as COVID-19 continues to spread in our state and emergency managers are shutting them down. Mail services have also been suggested, but with over 80,000 items circulating per a month, we would not be able to adequately handle the demand, and therefore, have decided against offering these services at this time. On March 23, 2020, the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21 stopped all curbside and delivery library services. 

What services are available?

We are excited that TADL’s Youth Services Department is doing Facebook Live Storytimes on weekdays starting at 11 a.m. Copyright will not allow us to record these, so they are only available as live programming. 

Wi-Fi is available even though the library is not open. It can be accessed 24/7 within the library grounds, whether in a car, on a bike, or sitting on a bench. 

Don’t forget the library has a large collection of digital materials available to patrons living in our taxing district. All are available on TADL.org and are free with your digital account. Digital materials include:

While taking into account our budget, we are negotiating with vendors to offer even more resources than we currently have, so stay tuned to our social media for any updates in services.  Please email ask@tadl.org for any trouble or questions with these services. 

How can I get help?

We will continue to be available to you via email at ask@tadl.org and will work as quickly as possible to answer your inquiry. We also plan to provide phone service during limited hours. Please call the Main library at 231-932-8500. If we don’t answer, please leave a message and we will return your call. 

What is going on inside the library? Are the fish okay?

We are CLEANING!  And taking care of our fish and plants! With a very limited team of people working inside the library, we are doing the essential operational and administrative work so that when we are able to reopen we can be fully prepared to serve our community as we love to do.

We appreciate your patience during this challenging time and look forward to the day when we can open our doors again!

Stay well!

Michele P. Howard, TADL Director