Switch your notices to TEXT or EMAIL ASAP

After decades of use, our automatic telephone notification system has made its last call. As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced. Effective immediately, we need affected patrons to choose a new method to receive notices:

                TEXT or EMAIL (highly recommended)
                POSTAL MAIL (not recommended due to slow delivery times)

Please contact any BCLS branch library to update your notice delivery. If you were one of the patrons who did not receive a phone notice in early January, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!


BCLS is providing curbside service only at all branches until further notice. If you have questions or need assistance, call your local branch location. The Bookmobile will continue to operate during this time, with items passed through the window. At Wirt, you are welcome to use either curbside or the pick-up window located on the east side of the building (Madison Ave).

How to Get a Temporary Library Card

Need a library card? Get one today!

Maybe you have meant to get a library card for a while, or maybe you have been telling friends and family about our awesome resources, but found out they don’t have a library card. Well have no fear, because Bay County residents can get a temporary library card to be able to access our digital services including Overdrive (unfortunately this type of card will not work with Hoopla). Getting a temporary library card is quick, simple and painless. 

To begin on your computer or mobile device go to the library’s website www.baycountylibrary.org. There is a red box with up-to-date Library Closure announcements. Towards the bottom of this red zone it says “NEED A CARD OR FORGOT YOUR PIN? You can register for an instant temporary card HERE.”--click on it.

Fill out all the fields. Please note that you will need to USE ALL CAPS. Also make sure you pick a 4 Digit Pin that is easy for you to remember. You will need this in the future.  

Voila! You now have a library card number. 

You can use this card number (and pin) with most of our online resources. Overdrive is one of the main places to download ebooks and digital audiobooks. To access this on tablets and mobile devices you will also need to download the app. Instructions for how to do this can be found here. Note: Libby and Overdrive are the same thing, just different interfaces. If you already have Libby, Overdrive is a repeat and vice versa. Books will check out for two weeks and you can check out up to five books at a time. 


Published by on March 30, 2020
Last Modified January 23, 2021