The mission of the Kalkaska County Library is to provide free and open access to information, ideas, and technology for the education and enrichment of our community.

Our mission is supported by the following vision statements, regarding service, organization, and the Library facility:

  • The Library will help you reach your potential at all stages of your life by providing relevant print and digital collections, programs, and services that support your learning and growth.
  • We will build community and social engagement by offering a safe and welcoming environment for you to explore new ideas, understand the challenges of the future, and help you build a better one.
  • We will strive to be an essential part of our community. We will make Kalkaska a better place to live.

The Library strives to fulfill its mission and vision by directing efforts and resources in the following ways:

  • Library Staff will set the standard for patron service. We will strive to fulfill the Library’s social, economic, and educational roles in our community. Our patrons will trust us to meet their literacy and recreational needs.
  • Board of Trustees will enthusiastically advocate for Library services in the community. The Board will be fully devoted to the mission, vision, and values of the Library. The Library collections will be progressive and diverse in breadth and form.


The Library will strive to maintain a diverse collection of materials, and provide access to educational, informational, and recreational resources, including materials outside its collection. Library materials are selected according to one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Importance of subject matter
  2. Timeliness or permanence
  3. Authoritativeness
  4. Variety of opinion in matters of controversy
  5. Popular demand
  6. Recognized literary or artistic merit
  7. Format and price


  1. Books, magazines, audiobooks, and DVDs from the Kalkaska County Library will be lent for a period of three weeks. Patrons are limited to five DVD checkouts at any one time.
  2. Materials may be renewed for a period of three weeks, with the exception of inter-library loan materials or materials on reserve.
  3. When a book has been overdue for one week, a notice shall be mailed to the card-holder listing the due date. A second notice will be mailed after an additional week listing the overdue books with a charge for replacement. There is a one dollar charge posted to the card-holder’s account for each of these notices.
  4. If there is no response to either notice, or the books remain overdue without explanation of hardship, the card-holder’s account will be suspended until all books are returned.
  5. A collection agency will assist the library in recovering overdue material and unpaid fines. A $10.00 fee will be charged to the patron’s account to pay collection agency service charges.
  6. Fines are 10 cents per day. The maximum fine on a single overdue item shall be two dollars.
  7. When unpaid fines charged to a single card amount to more than six dollars ($6.00), the use of the card is suspended.
  8. A patron who is a chronic offender in such matters may have his case reviewed by the Library Board at the request of the Director and his/her card may be permanently revoked.
  9. Fines may be rescinded or reduced at the discretion of the Director due to extraordinary family or personal hardship.
  10. Materials which have been lost or damaged must be replaced at the expense of the patron to whom they have been charged. These expenses shall include the current cost of the materials, plus two dollars for processing expense. If the cost is unavailable, $25.00 for a hard-bound and $7.00 for mass market paperback will be charged. Children’s books will be less.
  • A patron’s initial library card is free, the cost of a replacement card is $1.00.



  1. In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Kalkaska County Library endeavors to develop collections, resources and services that meet its cultural, informational, recreational and educational needs. It is within this context that the Kalkaska County Library offers access to the Internet.
  2. Resources available on the Internet supplement the collections of the Kalkaska County Library. The library does not monitor and has not control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The resources available on the Internet may contain material of a controversial or inappropriate nature. Library users access the Internet at their own discretion and are responsible for any access points they reach. Please try to be tolerant and avoid sites that may make you or others uncomfortable.
  3. The Kalkaska County Library provides computers with filtering software to limit children’s exposure to some web sites. The software blocks some sites that could be offensive to some users. Filtering software does not block all material that users might find offensive. Parents are responsible for supervising their children’s Internet sessions. All children under the age of 18 years need parental permission to use the library’s computers and to access the Internet. This policy enables the library to comply with Public Act 212, effective October 1, 2000.
  4. Downloading is allowed to a USB flash drive which will be provided by the patron. Printing and downloading from the web is acceptable as long as it doesn’t violate basic laws of copyright and plagiarism. There is a charge of 20¢ / page for black & white prints and 50¢ / page for color prints.
  5. The Kalkaska County Library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from patron use of the library’s computers.
  6. The Kalkaska County Library’s Internet access will not be used for any illegal activity such as hate mail, harassment, hacking, unsolicited advertising (spamming) or fraud. Access to sites of an illegal nature is prohibited.
  7. Any attempt to access the Kalkaska County Library network will be considered a violation of our acceptable use policy and will result in permanent loss of Internet access privileges. Accessing sites with pornographic content will result in loss of Internet access privileges.


The Kalkaska County Library follows the Kalkaska County FOIA Policy. To view the policy, click here.