Benzie  Shores District Library

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Benzie Shores District  Library

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Library Services


Library Cards

Easy to get, easy to use, and free to everyone. Library cards with full borrowing privileges are available to full or part-time residents, and to property owners within the Benzie Shores Library district boundaries as well as students enrolled in Frankfort-Elberta Area schools. Free cards providing limited borrowing privileges are available to anyone else wishing to borrow the library’s physical materials but does not provide access to the library's digital services (Overdrive, Hoopla). The library district includes the following members: the City of Frankfort, Blaine Township, Crystal Lake Township, the Village of Elberta,Gilmore Township, and a portion of Lake Township (homes located in the FEAS school district).

Cards are issued at the library. Photo ID is required.

Cards are only needed to check materials out of the library. You do not need a card to browse or read in the library, or to use computers and wi-fi. Library programs are open to the public and a card is not required.



Circulating Materials

Books for Everyone
The Library has over 20,000 books in a wide variety of subjects and genres from which to choose. We have an extensive children's collection, which includes easy readers, audiobooks, Newbery Medal winners, Spanish language books, chapter books, and reference books.

DVD and Blu-ray
Hundreds of Children's and Adult titles to choose from.

We have a large collection of audiobooks on CD. More titles are available through our Overdrive (Libby), Hoopla, and RBDigital.

Digital Downloads
Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and more with our digital download services, Overdrive (Libby), Hoopla, and RBDigital.

Large Print Books
Hundreds of large print books are available and the collection is updated regularly.

Magazines and Newspapers
We have over 75 magazines and newspapers. Back issues of magazines may be checked out for for one week.

Interlibrary Loans and MelCat
If you need a book or information not available at the Library, we can borrow almost anything from another library.


Computer and WiFi Services

Computer Workstations
The Library has 8 computer workstations for use, free of charge. Access time is limited to 45 minutes per person. Time extensions are available if no one is waiting. Before using a library computer, all users must read and agree to the terms of use.

Black and White prints/photo copies are $0.15 per page. Color $0.50. Wireless printing is available with compatible devices.

Wireless Internet Access
Available for free, 24/7. Wi-Fi may be accessed after hours in the library parking lot or patio.

Mobile HotSpot Lending
The library has a mobile hotspot available for check out for in-district cards only. Guidelines for Borrowing and Use:

• Borrowers must be at least 18 years of age and have an in-district Library Card for at least 90 days and be in good standing with the Library (with a current address/phone on file and no outstanding fines, or overdue materials.)
• Hotspots may only be checked out and returned at the Circulation desk. There will be a $10 fine if the unit is returned in the book drop, plus any book drop related damage to the device. Patrons who return a device in the book drop will be blocked from checking the device out in the future.
• Borrowers must read, understand, and sign the hotspot lending agreement at the Circulation Desk in the presence of a library staff member every time a hotspot is checked out.
• Hotspots may be loaned for up to 7 days. They may not be renewed and must be available to others for at least 48 hours before the same household can check a hotspot out again.
• Patrons are responsible for verifying the network coverage at
• Borrowers, along with a library staff member, will verify that all accessories are present at the time of checkout and check-in.
• Hotspots circulate on a first come, first serve basis. Holds may not be placed on mobile hotspots.
• If the hotspot is not returned on the due date, the item will be deactivated, making the device unusable.
• Geographic limitations: HotSpot devices may only be used in the continental United States.
• An overdue fine of $10.00 per day will be charged for a hotspot that is not returned, up to the replacement cost of $250. Patrons are responsible for full replacement cost if the device or any parts are lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise not returned.

The Library is not responsible for information accessed using this device or for personal information that is shared over the Internet. Internet content filtering is NOT provided through the Wireless HotSpot. Parents/Guardians are responsible for monitoring what their children access via the Wireless HotSpot. The Library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to user storage devices. Patrons using the library’s mobile hotspot must abide by the Library's Acceptable Use Policy.


A variety of programs for all ages are held throughout the year. Visit the EVENTS page for a current list of programs.


Reference and Reader's Advisory Services

The Library has access to the MeL databases and many fine reference materials. Our professional staff are happy to help with any reference question you may have. All library information inquiries are confidential. If we don't have the answer, we will find someone who will.

Readers Advisory
Having trouble finding a good book? We love to make suggestions.