Bay County Library System

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Bay County Library System
Bay County Library System logo.png
The historic Sage Library
Established 1974
Location Bay County, Michigan
Coordinates 43°35′50″N 83°53′08″W / 43.597215°N 83.885615°W / 43.597215; -83.885615Coordinates: 43°35′50″N 83°53′08″W / 43.597215°N 83.885615°W / 43.597215; -83.885615
Branches 4
Access and use
Circulation 710,468 (2016)[1]
Other information
Budget $4,943,021 (2016)[1]
Director Trish Burns

The Bay County Library System, is a public library system serving Bay County, Michigan. It contains four libraries and one bookmobile. The headquarters library, the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library is located in Bay City, Michigan. The historic Sage Library is a part of this library system.


The Bay County Library System was established on January 1, 1974[2][3] after the county electorate approved a $700,000 tax levy for five years. The Library System brought together three libraries, the Bay City Public Library and its Broadway Branch, The Sage Library, and The Pinconning Library) which previously were funded separately and independently by the cities of Bay City and Pinconning. These branches, together with the Auburn Area Branch Library, the South Side Branch Library, and the bookmobile would comprise the six "service outlets" of the Library System.

In 2000, Bay County voters approved a millage increase and bond issue to support capital improvements to the system, including new buildings for the Bay City and Pinconning branches and additions and renovations to the Auburn, Sage, and Southside branches[4] Renovations to the Auburn and Sage branches were completed in the winter and spring of 2004, respectively.[5] The new Pinconning Branch Library opened in October 2004.[6] In December 2005 the Bay City Branch was replaced by the new Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library[2].

In 2006, voters twice failed to pass the operating millage required the provided 60 percent of the system's operating funds.[7] As a result, the Bay County Library Board voted to close the South Side and Sage branch libraries, suspend Bookmobile service, and open the Auburn, Pinconning, and Wirt branches for restricted hours.[8] Renovations to the South Side Branch are currently on hold pending resolution of the library's current operating funding situation.[9]

In 2007, voters passed a reduced millage that allowed the Library System to once again open Sage and allow for more hours and services at all branches.[8]


  1. ^ a b "BCLS Annual Report 2016" (PDF). BayCountyLibrary. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bay County Library System". Buzzfile. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bay County Library System". manta. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-01-14. .
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Michigan Ann Arbor Bay City Detroit Flint Grand Rapids Jackson Kalamazoo Lansing Muskegon Saginaw All Michigan". 
  8. ^ a b Murphy, Shannon (October 31, 2010). "Officials say Bay County library millage needed to keep buildings open, programs running". MLive. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  9. ^ [1].

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