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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Overview of Services the The Baldwin Library provides for City of Bloomfield. The Short Form.

City of Bloomfield Hills Contract with the Baldwin Library

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On November 8, 2011, City residents voted to enter into a contract with Baldwin Library for library services under a three - year contract.  Baldwin Library began issuing  library cards to city resident card on November 15, 2011.  That contract expires this November. On  Tuesday August 5th  you will be asked to renew that contract for six years. The dollar amount and terms are essentially the same  as  to what the City agreed to in 2011.  The purpose of a six year contact is that  if the millage passes our library privileges will be preserved through November of 2020 at the favorable rate established nine years earlier.

August elections, usually associated with political primaries, are also the traditional time for library elections. Numerous communities  through out the tri-county area  will be voting on their libraries on August 5th. Absentee ballots are available from City Hall.

Usage figures provided by Baldwin on a regular basis  indicate that more  third of all City Households have Baldwin Library Cards. The number cards issued is more than a thousand. . The Average  City of Bloomfield Hills  card holder borrows five or more items per visit.

These are active numbers, based  residents who actually visited the Library to establish  a library card and who's subsequent visits are recorded only if items are checked out. 

If you have not has the opportunity  to visit the  the Baldwin Library and get a library card,  the Baldwin Library is as close to you as  City Hall at 45 East Long Lake Road. There  Baldwin maintains  approximately five shelves of  popular  and reasonably current bestsellers, movies on DVD and up to date information on Baldwin Library events , classes  and programs.. The  City  Hall Lending Library works on the honor system, Pick up a book and return it  to City Hall when you are finished with your selection. No lines. No waiting/ No due dates. No late fees!  Just another benefit of  the City's  contract with the Baldwin Library..
To go directly to the Baldwin Library website, click here.

Baldwin Library Services 

provided to City Residents

Anyone who lives, works or owns property in the City of Bloomfield Hills is eligible for a library card at the Baldwin Public Library.  Simply come to the Library with a valid photo ID card showing your current address (e.g., a driver’s license, passport or state ID), and the Circulation Desk staff will register you.  If you don’t live in our service area, also bring proof of property ownership or employment.  You can find more details
With a Baldwin card you have access to:
  • 170,000 books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books, video games, toys, puppets and media kits at Baldwin
  • Interlibrary loan from thousands of libraries around the country
  • 9,000 e-books and downloadable audio books
  • Over 100,000 pieces of downloadable music
  • Subscription databases, like Morningstar, Value Line, Consumer Reports,, Mango Languages, theNew York Times and the Wall Street Journal
  • 800 events, programs and classes every year
  • Study and meeting room space
  • Support for schoolwork, including home schooling
  • Reference service in person, by telephone and electronically
Some of these services you can use without leaving the comfort of your home.
To stay informed about what’s happening at Baldwin, read the Library’s quarterly newsletter, Books & Beyond, which is delivered to all addresses in Bloomfield Hills, available for pickup in the Library or available online at  You can also subscribe to the Library’s enewsletters at
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If you’re interested in finding out more about what Baldwin offers, please get in touch with Doug Koschik, Library Director ( or 248-554-4861) or Kathryn Bergeron Associate Director( or 248-554-4682). 

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