Library Services Are Now Available! (curbside pickup only)


curbside pick up graphicThe Library is pleased to resume borrowing services to our cardholders at our temporary location. Cardholders may request books, audiobooks, and/or DVDs through the online catalog via our website or by calling the library directly. Adult patrons may have a maximum of 5 books, 2 DVDs and 2 audiobooks checked out at once. Children and teens may have up to 10 children’s or teen books.

Once an item is requested, patrons will be notified by telephone through the automated system when their item is available for pick-up. Instructions on how to arrange a pick-up time will be included in the phone call. Patrons will need to call the Library to schedule a time for pick-up within 72 hours of receiving their notification call. Items will only be held for 96 hours after that. Pick-up times will be scheduled every 30 minutes from 9:30 am-5:00 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays,12:30 pm-7:00 pm on Wednesdays, and 9:30 am-1:00 pm on Saturdays.

Items will be automatically checked out to the patron on the day of their scheduled pick-up and placed on a table outside the building, clearly labeled with the patron’s last name approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. Patrons may retrieve their items from the table, no further action on their part is required. For patrons with mobility issues, arrangements for items to be placed directly into their vehicle’s trunk can be made.

Pick-up times may be rescheduled twice.Returns will not be accepted at the curbside station and must be placed in the dropbox including DVDs and audiobooks.

Other existing circulation policies apply including renewal limits and borrowing times.

The Library’s temporary location is located in Bear Pointe Plaza on US-23 South.






Digital Services


Apply for a Library Card Online!

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Would you like to take advantage of the Library's digital services but don't have a library card?  No problem!  Alpena County residents can apply online!

Dial-A-Story Offers Storytime Experience At Home

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Check out the Library's newest service: Dial-A-Story.  To access stories all you need is your phone.  You won't want to miss The One & Only Ivan on September 25th.  Click here for more information.



Access Ancestry Library Edition from home.

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1.  Click Search Catalog
2.  Log in to your library account.
3.  Click Ancestry link on left hand bar.

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Activities To Do At Home

Click for fun at-home activities.

Looking for resources and activities to do while we shelter-in-place?  Check out the fun activities that our staff have put together.  You don't want to miss the Choose Your Own STEAM Adventure in the month of October. Click for more details. Read more...

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RBdigital is the world's largest newsstand. Now, readers can read 136 different magazines on any screen.

Create an Account using your library card.


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Get free access to thousands of movies using your library card.

Create an Account using your library card.


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Download digital Audiobooks and Ebooks- 24/7  to your PC or Mac and mobile device.



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Virtual Reference Help just one click away. Mon-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m and Friday 11 a.m. - 2 pm



Heritage Quest Online





Genealogy/History/Biography. Full text and indexing.  Available through Michigan eResources.  Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.


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Michigan's 24/7 digital library.  State-wide electronic resources just one click away!



Foundation Center Online


We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it.  What do you need to do good today? To acces the database click here.


Free Technology Education




Free Technology Education-  computer classes and Tech Help are just one click away!



Share Your Story


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Living in a current state of unprecedented crisis,  historians and everyday people of the future will want to know how we spent our days. What was the NE Michigan, lived experience of a global pandemic from a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. In hopes of sharing peoples' stories with current and future generations, the Special Collections Department, of the Alpena County Public Library, invites you to keep a diary of living during the COVID-19 epidemic in Northeast Michigan.

Diarists may type or write by hand, transcribe news, draw, compose poems, gather stories and so forth. No stress needs to be placed on proper grammar, spelling or style. The emphasis is on self-expression and a willingness to be a social commentator. Events are changing by the day. They are specific to you, and to your families and friends and communities. Please start writing now! The Special Collections Department will welcome your diary’s deposit in either analog or digital form.

To submit your information and to view writing prompts from the Library of Michigan visit Google submission form.  Questions about this project can be directed to Don La Barre, Head of Special Collections, at