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Patron Services

Circulating Materials
Computer Services
Library Cards
Reference and Reader's Advisory

Circulating Materials

Books for Everyone
The Library has over 20,000 books in a wide variety of subjects and genres from which to choose.

Hundreds of Children's and Adult titles to choose from.

We have a large collection of audiobooks, abridged and unabridged, on CD for children and adults. Downloadable audiobooks are available through our Up North Digital Collection (OverDrive)".

Overdrive (downloadable collection)
Thousands of digital titles (ebooks, audiobooks, music and movies) to choose from. To get started, click here.

Children's Services
The Library has an extensive children's collection, which includes easy readers, audiobooks, Newbery Medal winners, Spanish language books, chapter books, and reference books. Contact the library for details on story hours and children's programming, or visit the events page.

Interlibrary Loans and MelCat
If you need a book or information not available at the Library, we will get it for you from another library. Click here for MelCat instructions.

Large Print Books
Hundreds of large print books are available and the collection is updated regularly.

Magazines and Newspapers
There are over 75 magazines and newspapers from which to choose. Back issues of magazines may be checked out for for one week.


Computer Services

Computer Workstations
The Library has 8 computer/internet workstations for use, free of charge. Access time is limited to 30 minutes per person. Before using a library computer, all users must read and agree to the terms of use.

Printing is $0.15 per page. No color printing or wireless printing is available.

Wireless Internet Access - Available for free, 24/7. Wi-Fi may be accessed after hours in the library parking lot.


Library Cards

Benzie Shores District Library Card
Easy to get, easy to use, and free to everyone. Library cards with full borrowing privileges are available to full or part-time residents, and to property owners within the Benzie Shores Library district boundaries as well as students enrolled in the Frankfort-Elberta Area schools. Free cards providing limited borrowing privileges are available to anyone else wishing to borrow the library’s own books and materials but, in accordance with licensing requirements, do not provide borrowing privileges through Overdrive. The library district includes the following members and contract areas: the City of Frankfort, Blaine Township, Crystal Lake Township, the Village of Elberta,Gilmore Township, and a portion of Lake Township (homes located in the FEAS school district).

Cards are only needed to check materials out of the library. You do not need a card to browse or read in the library, or to use computers and wi-fi. Library programs are open to the public and a card is not required.



A variety of programs for all ages are held throughout the year. Visit the events page for a current list of programs.


Reference and Reader's Advisory Services

The Library has access to the MeL databases and many fine reference books and materials. Visit our Online Resources page for a more throough listing of references sources available. The Library staff is happy to help with any reference question you may have.

Medical Health Information — The Library has many medical reference books that explain medications, diseases, procedures, and other medical questions. Timely medical health information is available for free through the MeL databases at and through health newsletters. Many alternative medicine books are also available.

Online Public Catalog — Search the entire holdings of the Library via the Web or using our in-house computer system. This system is easy to use and available to all Library patrons. On the Web version of the catalog, the first step is to set up an account using your library card number. You can reserve and renew materials or browse the catalog.

Readers Advisory
Having trouble finding a good book? We love to make suggestions. Visit the BSDL Pineterest board for more suggestions.

630 Main Street
P.O. Box 631
Frankfort, MI 49635
(231) 352-4671

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