Bayliss Public Library

Circulation Policy


Library cards are free to:

  • Residents of Sault Ste. Marie
  • Residents of Contract Townships*
  • Students of Lake Superior State University and Bay Mills Community College
  • Individuals who own property in the Library's service area

Current identification stating local address or proof of property ownership must be presented.

*Contract Townships:

Bay Mills, Bois Blanc, Brevort, Bruce, Chippewa, Clark, Dafter, Drummond Island, Garfield, Hendricks, Hudson, Marquette, Moran, Newton, Pickford, Portage, Raber, Soo, Sugar Island and Superior.

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Individuals who reside outside of the Library's service area may obtain a card for an annual fee of $30.00.  Current identification stating local address must be presented.

Temporary Residents

Individuals residing at transient addresses in the Library service area for less than 16 weeks may be issued a Temporary Card upon proof of local address and permanent address.  A $5.00 fee plus a $20.00 refundable deposit is required for each period of temporary residency.  This category includes seasonal visitors, seasonal workers, and individuals residing at transient addresses.

Identification needed

Applicants for Bayliss Public Library cards (all categories) must present identification with current residential address.  Identification with only a post office box number or with a motel/hotel address is not considered valid.

Resident and Non-Resident cards are valid for one year, at which time card holders may be required to verify address and phone number in order to renew the card.

The following are acceptable identification:

A valid Michigan driver's license or State ID card with photo and current residential address; OR a valid temporary Michigan driver's license with current residential address and other items providing current resident address; OR an official photo identification card from a school, agency , etc. in addition to other items providing current residential address.

application process

Application must present valid identification and complete the application form.  Parent, grandparent, or guardian must sign for children 12 and under. Individuals must present their own library card to checkout materials.  It is assumed that the card presented belongs to the individual identified on the card.  Card owner is responsible for all items charged on the card.

load periods & procedures

Patrons under 18 must have a parent sign a permission form to check out DVDs, and CDs.

A Library patron may have unlimited checkouts (there are no limits on the number of materials checked out).


21 Days

Books (regular and large print)

Audio Books (cassette, and CD)

Music CDs

7 Days

High Demand books, Periodicals

Movies (A $1.00 charge is assessed to some items in the movie collection)

1 Day High Demand Movies


Items may be renewed one time unless a reserve request is present.  Renewals may be done in person, by phone, or on-line with the exception of movies, which may only be renewed in person.

Special loans

Patron Initiated Interloan (PII) and Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) Loans.

Patrons may request materials from libraries in the Upper Peninsula database (PII), and from libraries in other Michigan locations (MeL).  Loan periods are established by the lending libraries, but are usually similar to the loan periods established by Bayliss Public Library.

overdue materials

  • Books, periodicals, music CDs and audio books which are overdue will be assessed $0.20 per item, per day, with no grace period to a maximum of $5.00 per item.
  • DVDs have a fine of $1.00 per day, per item fine.  There is no grace period, to a maximum of $5.00 per item.
  • Inter-Library Loan items are charged $0.25 per day up to the cost of the item, with no grace period.

Suspension of privileges

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for any of the following reasons:

  • Items not returned
  • Unpaid fines of $5.00 or more
  • Damaged Materials not paid for
  • Losing or damaging more than 8 items in a 12 month period