The library will be closed through Monday, April 13, 2020 due to our state governor's executive order and public health concerns over the COVID-19 virus.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-20 (COVID-19) has extended the closure of all libraries in the state through April 13.  

  • We extended the due dates on all materials, including MeL items, to April 30.
  • Do not return materials to the library at this time. Stay home, stay safe.
  • We've suspended the ability to place holds. If you have an item on hold, your place in the queue is frozen. If you have a hold item ready for pick up, it will be there for you when we reopen. You will not be charged for failure to pick up your hold.
  • MeL requests are also suspended.
  • We've doubled the number of items you can check out each month on hoopla, from 20 items per card to 40.
  • Kanopy has added no-credit titles, which means these titles will not count against your monthly cap. Also, Kanopy for Kids is now free for a limited time.
  • We've shifted our purchasing to add more electronic materials to our collection and reduce hold times for these items.
Library Cards
  • Standard cards set to expire in March or April have been renewed through April 30.
  • If your card has expired within the last six months, you can request that it be renewed. We will renew for your card for three months.
  • If you've applied online for a card, allow a minimum of three to five days for processing.

Thank you again for your patience and support. We are responding to emails and social media as quickly as we can. Follow us on social media for daily tips and activities you can do online.

We want to ensure you have access to online resources during our closure, so we are 

  • Ordering additional copies of popular ebook and eaudio titles in OverDrive and CloudLibrary, to reduce or eliminate hold lists.
  • Doubling monthly Hoopla checkout limits to 40 through March and April, and adding 1,100 "free" popular titles that don't count against your checkout limit.

In addition, our database vendors are also offering free or enhanced services during this time, which we will make available to you for as long as they are offered:

  • Kanopy is creating a selection of "free" titles that do not count against monthly caps, including unlimited access to Kanopy Kids content!
  • For Pre-K students, Miss HumbleBee's Academy offers learning exercises in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music to prepare children for Kindergarten. 

  • Brainfuse has added additional tutors for their live hours, and is providing stronger support for their 24/7 learning tools such as Skill Surfer and MEET online collaboration.
  • The popular genealogy resource Ancestry, normally restricted to in-library use, is available to you at home. (Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home provides daily lessons and activities to keep kids engaged and learning during school closures. 
  • In addition to our usual Tumblebooks content, you may now access Tumblemath to support K-5 students
  • Pronunciator has added special COVID-19 lessons in 101 languages to help learners communicate with health care professionals - perfect for English Language Learners. 

  • Kids InfoBits helps teachers (and parents) find curriculum-appropriate content for young learners on animals, music, people, and more!
  • Gale in Context for Middle School, High School, or College offers age-appropriate interdisciplinary content that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

All you need to access these resources is an active CPL library card. We have changed expiration dates on all library cards set to expire in March and April, and will renew already-expired cards online if you contact us. Don't have a card? You can apply online to receive a temporary card good for 90 days. 

Keep calm and wash your hands

Looking for trustworthy sources to stay up-to-date about coronavirus (COVID-19)? The links below contain the most current information about the best ways to reduce risk of contracting the virus, myths about the virus, the spread of the disease, symptoms, testing, travel concerns, business support, community resources and much more. We will be updating this post so check back often.

General COVID-19 Information from World, Federal and State Agencies
  • WHO Coronavirus Q&A - the World Health Organization provides straightforward answers to common questions about coronavirus. 
  • US Government/CDC new Coronavirus website
  • Michigan Coronavirus - the state website contains general information about the virus as well as Michigan-specific information, including the number of confirmed cases.
  • Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation - this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet explains social distancing and suggests ways to cope and support oneself during such an experience.
  • MedlinePlus Coronavirus Information - this U.S. National Library of Medicine page includes a wealth of information about the virus and is explained in plain language. 
  • CDC Coronavirus Information - the Center for Disease control page includes information for individuals as well as communities, schools, businesses, and healthcare professionals.
  • NIH Coronavirus and Alternative Treatments - the National Institutes of Health has issued a warning about "alternative" treatments for COVID-19.
  • State of Michigan Local Health Departments - link to directory
  • List of resources from the Library of Michigan
Fact-Checking Websites
Small Business and Economic Support
Local Resources
Where to Donate


Volunteers needed!

We are all eyewitnesses to history as it unfolds in this time of social distancing, toilet-paper hoarding, business closures and even Some Good News. This crisis is affecting us all in different ways. What is your story?

Please consider recording your daily experiences, thoughts, and feelings in diary form, either in writing or video, to submit to the COVID-19: Share Your Story project. The Library of Michigan is looking to collect and preserve these stories of daily lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on daily life in Michigan communities during this crisis.

Submit your story to ​

For details, visit the Library of Michigan Share Your Story project website.  

Bear in red shirt talks to fish in tank

Hey Kids,

Thorndyke here. This is a really long library closure, and I am missing all of your faces. You’ll be glad to know that I’m healthy, practicing safe hand washing, and keeping myself at least 6 feet away from others at all times. Of course, right now that’s only the fish.

Things are a little strange right now, that’s for sure. And maybe you’re worried. I am, too. I felt a little better after talking my worries over with my fish friends, and after I learned more about what is happening. I found a comic by Elise Gravel, one of my favorite authors, that explains it a little. And I found another comic illustrated by Malaka Gharib that explains it a little bit more. Learning about the virus that is causing so many worries helped me a lot.

Stay safe kids. I miss seeing you, and will be so happy to see you all again.

Bear Hugs,

OverDrive's Big Library Readglobally connects readers around the world who are reading the same eBook simultaneously. The 2020 spring selection is stand-up comic Michael Mcreary's memoir, Funny, You Don't Look Autistic. Like others on the autism spectrum, twenty something McCreary has been told he doesn't "look" autistic. 

The Big Library Read runs from March 23th - April 13th and offers unlimited access on the title and no waiting for holds.