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Library Services

Our Services

MacDonald Public Library strives to promote, advocate, and consistently work to achieve the highest level of service to the community. To meet that goal, library offers: 
  • Free circulation of most materials for 21 days; new-books for 14 days.
  • Educational and Juvenile DVDs, music CDs, juvenile encyclopedias, and magazines for 7 days.
  • DVD feature films – check-out for $1.00 for 3 days. In-house viewing w/headphones is allowed. DVDs may not be copied as this is a breach of copyright law. Anyone under 18 years of age may not check-out R-rated DVDs. (Due to high demand all music CDs and DVD feature films check-outs will be limited to 10).
  • Materials can be held for two days when patron does not have library card with them.
  • Downloadable books, magazines, and music
  • Interlibrary loan of items from other participating Michigan libraries – through the Suburban Library Cooperative (SLC) or Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat).
  • Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) - Using your library card, check out a pass for one of Michigan’s cultural attractions or state parks and recreation areas!
  • Renewal of items online or by phone (overdue items are subject to late fees and are not renewable online or by phone).
  • Overdue fines:       
    • Printed materials: 15¢/day
    • Books-on-CD and music CDs: 15¢/day
    • DVDs: $1.00/day

General Services
  • Internet or WIFI available for public use (please see our Internet policy). Free internet connection for patrons with SLC library cards in good standing. We offer Internet Guess Passes at a cost of $1.00/day for anyone outside the SLC service area.
  • Free use of Microsoft Office 2007 programs – Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, and Publisher.
  • Online resources; some with full text articles
  • Community rooms available for public use (please see our Community & Quiet Study Rooms policies)
  • Copier at 20¢/page
  • Printing at 20¢/pg/B&W and 50¢/pg/color.
  • Faxing services: sending at $2.00/1st pg & 50¢/ea additional page and receiving at 50¢/page.
Please note: We can only accept cash or check for copier, printing, and faxing services; no credit or debit cards.


Additional Services and Programs

Services for All Ages:
  • Early literacy stations
  • Lap-sit, toddler, pre-school, and older children’s programs
  • American Girl and Lego Clubs
  • After school Programs - Kidding Around for K-2nd grades and ATLAS (At The Library After School) for 3rd-6th grades
  • Summer reading programs for children and teens
  • Various special interest groups meetings and programs
  • Proctoring services
Special Collections and Services:
  • Historic books of the Anchor Bay area and Michigan
  • Anchor Bay area historic newspapers collection:
  • ​​Digitized Newspapers – print copies from January 2008 to present are available upon request.
    • New Baltimore New Haven Star (January 1926 – December 1931)
    • North Macomb News-Press (January 1933 – Sept. 3, 1941; January 1946 – December 1955)
    • Anchor Bay Beacon (January, 1956 – December 1977; January 1980 – April 1, 1993)
    • The Bay Voice (April 6, 1983 – December 2007)
  • Friends of the Library events and on-going Used Book Sale
  • Art and history exhibits

Full-Use Card Eligibility

This card provides full borrowing and interlibrary loan privileges to the holder and is valid at all Suburban Library Cooperative (SLC) libraries and branches. 

Card holders may visit and check out the collections of other SLC libraries.  In addition, items checked out from other SLC libraries may be returned to them by dropping them off at MacDonald Public Library.
  • All residents of the City of New Baltimore may apply for a library card.  Proof of residency is required; driver’s license, Michigan ID card or two utility bills are accepted.
  • Minor applicants must be 5 years of age and older and will need a parent or legal guardian’s co-signature.  Co-signers must present proper ID.  It is the responsibility of a minor’s parent or legal guardian to regulate all access to and use of library materials including the Internet.
  • The library does not offer customized restrictions to specific collections or services.
  • In addition, library cards (at no charge) may be obtained by persons living outside the City of New Baltimore, if they own a business or property within the City, upon showing proof of ownership (tax bill/receipt, business license, etc.).
To borrow materials, patrons must present a valid library card. Lost library cards may be replaced for a $3.00 fee.

Courtesy Card Eligibility (Limited Services)

As a public service, free (but limited use) cards are available to:
  • Casco Twp. Residents (by contractual agreement with Casco, the township pays the Library to provide library services for its residents).
  • Minors, ages 5 through 17 years, of area schools.
  • Persons 55 years of age or older.
  • Persons living outside the service area but employed by the City of New Baltimore, upon showing proof of employment.
  • Persons living outside the service area but  teach in the Anchor Bay School District and Immaculate Conception School, upon showing proof of employment. (Card will expire August 31 of each year).
A Courtesy card provides borrowing privileges from our library only and must be renewed yearly. Holds can be placed on our materials only; no interlibrary loaning can be done.


Non-Qualifiers May Purchase a Membership

Most of the library’s operating revenue comes from the City of New Baltimore property taxes.  As such, non-residents who are ineligible for a courtesy card may elect to purchase a library card.  Options are:
  1. $75.00/year/family for a Courtesy card.
  2. $200.00/year/family for a SLC Full-Use card.  All family members must be present at time of purchase to receive a card. (SLC Non-Resident card policy).


Services We Are Unable to Provide
MacDonald Public Library staff cannot provide any of the following:
  • Legal, financial and medical advice;
  • Assistance in completing forms regarding your personal information; and
  • Ensure the timely, accurate, secure transmission of online forms, orders and payments.
We use our best efforts to ensure our Internet is working and will post when there are service outages.

DISCLAIMER: By utilizing our facility and services, you understand and agree that the Library is NOT liable for any losses while using the Library facilities and resources. This includes: (1) theft or damage to your personal property and, (2) theft or damage to your personal, online information.