Mission Statement and Policies

The mission of the Kalkaska County Library is to provide users with open access to technology, information, and ideas covering a broad spectrum of human thought and experience, and to foster the understanding and development of cultures, communities, and individuals.

The Library will strive to protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy, and encourage lifelong learning.

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

Our clear vision, strong values, and the way we execute our mission will make our Library one that our peers will want to emulate. As we seek to fulfill our mission, our efforts and resources will be directed towards making our vision a reality in the following ways:

a. Our Library staff will set the standard for customer service among public libraries. Hallmarks of our staff will be professionalism, teamwork, collaboration, creativity, flexibility in responding to patron needs, and pride in our achievements.
b. Our Board of Library 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. Our collections will be progressive and diverse in breadth and form.
c. Our Library’s physical and virtual spaces will respond to the changing needs of our users.
d. Our patrons will be proud of their Library and consider it as the first and best source to meet their informational and recreational needs.


  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.