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In order to obtain a library card, you must currently be a resident of Zeeland City, Zeeland Township, Olive Township, or Blendon Township. We can also create cards for Herrick District Library in Holland. The requirements for children and adults are listed below:
Adults: Adults may obtain a library card if they present a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan ID displaying their current address. You may also provide a piece of official mail/form showing current address. Official mail/forms would include a tax bill, a utility bill, voter registration, or printed check. Other forms of ID are acceptable if your address is listed. You must be over 18 to obtain an adult card.
Children: Parent or legal guardian of the child must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan ID with a current address. The parent or guardian must be present to sign for the library card. People aged 16-17 still require a parent or guardian’s signature.
Student Cards: Children living in the Howard Miller Public Library service area who do not currently have a standard library card with a co-signer are eligible to apply for a limited use, student card without a co-signer provided. Child must be able to provide full home address, birthdate and phone number or email address. These cards only allow 3 print youth material checkouts. They have full access to Howard Miller Public Library’s digital collection. They can be upgraded to a full-use card with all privileges given to standard card holders with a co-signer signature at any time.
Non-residents: Non-residents may obtain a library card with a current Michigan Driver’s license/Michigan ID or proof of Michigan temporary residence. The fee for a non-resident is $50.00 per year (cash or check only). These non-resident cards are only valid through the Howard Miller Public Library.
Updated on 10/2/2020
Every three years library cards "expire". This just means that the library wants to verify your information (phone number, address, emails, etc.). When the library is open you may come in with your drivers license and staff will renew your card. If you are out of town and trying to check out digital material you can call the library at 616-772-0874 if no information has changed.
There are multiple apps associated with the library:
MyLibrary: This app is your ticket to the library in your pocket! You can:
Libby: Libby is one of our digital resources apps. You can check out ebooks, comic books, downloadable audiobooks, and magazines. You can borrow from libraries across the state using Libby too! Watch tutorials on using Libby here.
hoopla: hoopla is another digital resource app. With your Howard Miller library card you can check out 3 items a month. The types of downloadables available on hoopla include television shows, movies, music albums, audiobooks, ebooks, and comic books! Watch tutorials on using hoopla here.
Beanstack: Beanstack allows you to keep track of the books you've read and participate in various challenges. This is a fun and laid-back way to safely participate in library programs throughout the year! Beanstack is also a website, you do not need the app to participate.
Here at the Howard Miller Public Library we use a service called Shoutbomb for library alerts. Shoutbomb allows patrons to see when their holds are ready, which holds are ready, and where to pick up the holds! You can also see which items are due in 3 days and which are overdue. This system also allows for renewal of books that are due in 3 days or less. Renewals might not always work for various reasons. If this happens please check the catalog or call us.
It’s so easy to sign up!
To add a family member's card just text ADDCARD+[Your library card number]+[Your 4 digit PIN]. To add multiple cards you need to send multiple messages.
Change your PIN? You need to update it on Shoutbomb! Text NEWPASS+[Your library card number]+[NEW PIN].
Here are the commands Shoutbomb uses:
Use this link to sign up for email notifications. You need to know your library card number and four digit PIN to sign up for emails.
NOTE: To unsubscribe, remove your email address when you sign into your account.
There are many ways to renew your items!
Automatic renewal happens 3 days before your item is due. If your item is renewed it will show the new due date based on the original due date. So if your movie is due on April 4 and is automatically renewed it will now be due on April 11! If it is a book, it will be due on April 25. See below for an email example of an automatic renewal notification.
Most items can be renewed, but some, like our feature film DVDs and Express books, cannot.
To check out materials at the Howard Miller Public Library, you library card must be present. You may use Self Checkout if you have your ID or have your card memorized. We are required to ask verifying information if you bring your library card up to the front desk.
The Howard Miller Public Library is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. Borrowing privileges of your card extend beyond walls of this library to 82 area libraries. This means that you may visit other libraries within the cooperative to check out materials, or request that materials be sent to the Howard Miller Public Library for pick up. Names and addresses of libraries within the cooperative can be found at the Lakeland Library Cooperative website. PIN number is required to place items on hold.
Updated on 02/27/2019
There are a few reasons that you might not be able check out materials from our library (physical or digital). These include:
To see the Lakeland Library Cooperative Circulation Policies (Revised June 2017) click here.
Absolutely! The Library welcomes gifts of materials with the following guidelines:
1. The Library retains the right to dispose of all materials at its own discretion.
2. Materials must meet established selection criteria of the library.
3. Donated items should be in good condition. Donations to the library are valid Federal Income Tax Deduction.
However, please note the following points:
1. A form will serve as a receipt signed by library staff for donation.
2. The library cannot assume responsibility for valuing gifts.
3. In the event of a tax audit, the burden of proof for the claimed value of the donation rests with the donor.
Yes! Lakeland Library Cooperative, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), Suburban Library Cooperative, and Great Lakes Digital Libraries (GLDL) are partnered to share certain digital resources. This means that all patrons will have additional digital resources available to them.
Here's how to sign up with the other libraries:
1. Click on the Libby icon at the center of the menu:
2. Click "Add A Library".
3. Search for Midwest Collaborative, Suburban Library, or Great Lakes Digital Libraries.
4. Choose "I'm Visiting From Another Library" then Lakeland Library Cooperative and finally Howard Miller.
5. Use your library card to sign in and then repeat the process with the other partnering libraries!
To Switch Between Libraries:
There are a few ways to switch between libraries:
1. Click on the Libby icon at the center of the menu.
2. Click on the library you want to explore.
1. Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen.
2. Click on the library name and pick a library to search:
You can also borrow from other libraries right from the title information!
1. Click on the "plus box".
2. If another library has a copy ready to check out you can click on the box to borrow it immediately!
If you got a new library card number or recently moved you will need to update your account on Libby. It is pretty easy to do this!
1. Click on the Libby icon in the center of the screen.
2. Choose "See Library Cards".
3. Pick Actions.
4. Choose "Verify Card"
5. Enter your library card number and click Sign In.
This will have to be repeated with any of the partner libraries.
You will open your "shelf" and choose loans. See the menu below to learn all about the Libby options.
Find our materials here! There are multiple collections of books to browse as you scroll down the screen. Just click on the book cover that catches your eye to learn more about it and borrow/place it on hold!
Click the magnifying glass to search for material. Start typing the book/series title or author. Suggestions will appear—unfortunately, this does not mean that the library owns the title. You can borrow or place the book on hold from the results page!
Here you will find:
Loans - What you’ve already checked out
Holds - What material you’re on hold
Tags - This is a way to organize what books you want to read and those you’ve read. You can create a Wishlist by making a new tag.
Timeline lets you see what you what you placed on hold or checked out by month.
5. Using Partner Libraries on Libby:
Other libraries in Michigan have partnered with Lakeland Library Cooperative to offer you more material. You can switch between libraries by clicking on the Libby icon in the center.
You can also see what other libraries have the book you’re looking at by clicking on the “plus box” (see below). If another library has a copy ready to check out you can click on the box to borrow it immediately!
You can also update your library card number and provide feedback to Libby using this icon.
You can only renew an item if its within 3 days of being due and no one has it on hold. It is a common courtesy to return your item as soon as you're done so the next person can enjoy it!
When you're ready to renew or return:
1. Go your Shelf and pick "loans".
2. Click "Manage Loan" under the title.
3. Choose "Return Early" or "Renew Loan" if available.
The other options are:
Reading Journey - See how much time you've spent reading this title and the timeline for your checkouts.
Share Title - If you really loved this title and want to share it with your friends you can share the link from here!
Tag - Tag the title to group together your favorites, what you didn't like, or just about anything!
Yes, we are so excited to offer a summer reading program for all ages—young children (0-Preschool), students (entering Kindergarten-5th grade), teens (entering 6th-12th grade), and adults.
Participants can register and begin tracking reading and literacy building activities starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The program ends on Saturday, August 7, 2021.
For those who participated last year, please visit the Beanstack portal on either our website https://www.cityofzeeland.com/506/Beanstack or click on the Beanstack app installed on your smart phone. You will need to use the same username and password as last year. Don’t remember your password? Just simply click on the option to reset your password or call the library at 616.772.0874. A staff member is ready to help.
If you are new to the program, visit https://www.cityofzeeland.com/506/Beanstack and click on Beanstack to access easy-to-follow instructions on how to register OR download the Beanstack app to your smart phone or tablet through your device’s app store.
If you don’t have access to the internet or aren’t sure how to register, visit the library or call us at 616.772.0874. Our staff is ready to assist you.
HMPL is delighted to offer in-person programming for summer 2021! Wednesdays at 10:00 am, our team will pop up in either VandeLuyster Square or Lawrence Street Park to bring fun and learning to the whole family. For specific dates, park locations, and activities, please refer to our website at www.hmpl.org , the Howard Miller Public Library Facebook site, and our Howard Miller Public Library Instagram page.
No registration is required to participate and all programs are free of charge! In accordance with current MDHHS Mask and Gathering orders and CDC guidance for large, public events held outdoors, ALL participants need to wear masks while in the event space (regardless of vaccination status).
If you and your family would prefer not to wear masks, there is plenty of greenspace available outside of the event space to spread a blanket and enjoy the atmosphere at a distance.
Mask and gathering requirements are subject to change based on local, state, and federal orders.
Library cards are not required to participate in the summer reading 2021 program or events. However, we encourage you to ask about getting one. Registering for a library card is easy and free of charge! Staff are ready to assist you via phone at 616.772.0874, in-person in the library and in the park during our weekly events.
We are offering curbside pickup currently but there are differences:
We cannot accept returns via curbside. We cannot hand you your items. You might not be able to use the curbside parking space, but any parking spot on Church St. is ok.
*Curbside exchanges will now consist of your holds in a bag labelled with your last name. A staff member will put the bag on the cart near the library’s entrance on Church St. If you have mobility issues, please let us know and we will deliver your holds to your vehicle. If you are in quarantine, please send another person to pick up your holds. We will check them out to a family member or friend for you.
If you are the parent of a minor then absolutely!
You cannot use this service to pick up your spouse/sibling/parent/adult child. You may pick up their holds at the front desk and check them out using self checkout (their PIN # will be required for this).
Mobile Hotspots should be picked up at the front desk, but we can bring the paperwork out to your car if you are uncomfortable coming in the building due to COVID concerns.
Other items in our collection cannot be placed on hold so cannot be picked up with this service:
*Not available due to COVID.
You can! Placing a book club kit on hold is different from other items so we recommend that you here for more information.
We are currently allowed to host up to 100 people at any given time.
Yes, we encourage you to bring your kids with you to the library. There are no limits on how many people within a family can enter the library at any given time.
We have 8 public computers available for the public to use. All computer stations are adequately spaced to allow for social distancing. Due to demand for this resource, patrons will be given 1 hour each day to use the computers. If someone needs additional time to apply for a job, gain access to local, state and federal assistance or other vital uses, library staff will be able to allow more computer time on a case by case basis. All gaming on public computers will be suspended during this phase of our re-opening.
Yes, guests will be able to access books and other library materials within the children’s area of the library. During this phase of our re-opening, children’s computers, toys and other objects have been removed to mitigate the spread of the virus. Fun on the Run packs are also not available at this time.
For all in-person library visits, all patrons over the age of 2 will need to wear a mask. The mask must be solid fabric; no lace or mesh masks are allowed. We do have disposable masks available to people who need them. If you don’t wish to wear a mask or are unable to do so, our staff is happy to provide you holds pick-up service in the building lobby or curbside. Thanks in advance for helping us keep our staff healthy and able to provide service to the community.
There are areas available to read materials in the library while remaining socially distanced from other guests. We are asking that you use hand sanitizer before and after reading magazines and newspapers in the library to mitigate the spread of the virus.
*Curbside exchanges will now consist of your holds in a bag labelled with your last name. A staff member will put the bag on the sidewalk near the library’s entrance on Church St. If you have mobility issues, please let us know and we will deliver your holds to your vehicle. If you are in quarantine, please send another person to pick up your holds. We will check them out to a family member or friend for you.
Our study rooms are currently unavailable. We don’t anticipate being able to open them until after the virus is controlled. There are tables with single chairs throughout the library for those who need a quiet place to study.
We will have programming; however, it will be virtual for the remainder of the summer and through the end of the year. Be sure to subscribe to our You Tube channel to get the latest programming and like our Facebook page for additional programming ideas and opportunities.
Our library definitely looks and feels different right now. Before the pandemic, we encouraged community members to linger and gather for as long as they like. Ultimately, our goal is to return to building a social, community-building environment; however, until the virus is contained, we are encouraging everyone to think of the library as a grocery store environment. Find the materials and information you need and enjoy them at home.
Thanks for your generous offer of donated books. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus and the steps we must take to ensure books are not carrying the virus, we don’t have the capacity to accept book donations at this time. There are a few places in the Holland/Zeeland area accepting donations. Again, we appreciate your generous offer and continued support.
Our director, Heather Wood-Gramza, is more than happy to answer questions and address concerns. She may be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the library at 616.772.0874.
After the Initial Inspection, the property owner is given at least thirty days to make all of the required corrections prior to the Re-Inspection. Once all of the corrections have been made, and all of the documentation and fees have been submitted, a Rental Certificate of Compliance may be issued to you.