The Shiawassee District Library board met on Monday, June 8 to approve an initial reopening plan. A complete text of the document is available at, and a final plan and policy was presented to the board on Thursday, June 11.

   The library will phase in reopening in accordance with recommendations from the Library of Michigan and the CDC, and requirements by MiOSHA and the governor’s executive orders.

   Effective Monday, June 15, curbside and phone services will resume. Owosso will be offering curbside pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon; and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Durand Memorial Branch will be offering curbside services Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   Staffing will be kept at a minimal level during this time to allow for social distancing in a small work area. MeLCat, Michigan’s interlibrary loan system, is not expected to begin accepting requests until at least 75 to 80 percent of participating libraries have reopened.

   Users may request books online through the library’s catalog or by phone; specific titles must be given. The library will notify patrons by text, email or phone when they are available for pick-up. To pick up items, please call the appropriate branch during the above times from the parking lot – Owosso (989-725-5134) or Durand Memorial Branch (989-288-3743). Patrons should have their card number ready to read off over the phone. Staff will check out items and bring them to patron’s vehicles.

   In addition, the following services will be available:

• Reserve Express, a feature which allows automatic reserves for specific authors and series is now working again, but users must reenter their favorite authors. It is also suggested that they check their accounts as reserves for new purchases will not be attached; they should be added for specific titles from the catalog.

• E-books and downloadable audio books are available through the Libby app. There are also a wide variety of e-magazines available through RB Digital. More information on how to access these items is available at

• Materials may still be returned in the book drops. They will be cleaned and quarantined before they are lent out again. All items due after the library was forced to close on March 16 are now due Monday, July 6, and fines will not begin accruing again until Tuesday, July 7.

• To apply for a card, click on the “sign up” button at the top left of These cards are for the temporary use of digital materials only. Adult cards will be issued in Owosso during curbside pick-up times only; a Michigan driver’s license or ID card will be required; children should use a parent’s card until the building can be reopened.

• Expired cards in good standing may be renewed for a limited period of time by emailing Be sure to include the card number and the name of the cardholder.

• Free Wi-Fi access is available outside both buildings.

   Neither branch is currently accepting the donation of books or other materials. Staff may still be contacted via email, or by leaving a message on the library’s phone. Messages will be returned as quickly as possible.

   Additional information or changes will be posted on the Shiawassee District Library’s social media page. At this time, it is anticipated that buildings will begin to reopen on Monday, July 6, but this is subject to change at the recommendation of local, state or federal authorities.

Shiawassee District Library Announces Reopening Plan was last modified: June 15th, 2020 by Karen Elford