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 As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced.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).

Research FAQ

BCLS Research Databases can be accessed by all Bay County residents with a valid BCLS library card.

The Bay County Library System provides a wide variety of Databases with topics including but not limited to Auto Repair, Business, Consumer Reports, Genealogy, Local History, Investments, Practice Tests, and Student Research.

Just select the “Databases” heading under the “Research” tab to get started.

The Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library features a Local History and Genealogy Room which is open to the public during all regular library hours. Materials located in the room are for In-House use only and specialized assistance is provided by members of the Bay County Genealogical Society from 1-4 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

You can contact the Wirt Library Reference Desk by phone at (989) 893-9566 ext.2200 or by email at bayref@baycountylibrary.org.

Bay City and Pinconning newspapers on microfilm can be accessed in the Local History and Genealogy room at the Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library. Bay County residents with a valid library card may also remotely access the Bay City Times digital archives covering the years 1899-1925 and 2004-Present.

The Business Resource Center at the Wirt Library contains materials on business start-up, business directories, legal resources, and investment services. In addition, BCLS provides access to various Business and Investment online databases.

BCLS offers a multitude of materials on career research, job searching, interviewing, and resume building. In addition, all BCLS locations offer computers the public can use for job searching, job application, and creating resumes and cover letters.