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Thank you for considering a donation to the library! Transform your gently used books into library programs and other services by donating them to the library.
Please note that we cannot accept magazines, textbooks, dictionaries, technical manuals, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or any materials that have a strong mildew smell or actual mildew on the items. If you have these items, check with a local thrift shop or consider recycling them.
We will provide you with a receipt for your donation. Staff will review the materials and will determine what we can sell in our book nook.
Thank you again!
In order to obtain a library card, you must currently be a resident of Zeeland City, Zeeland Township, Olive Township, or Blendon Township. We can also create cards for Herrick District Library in Holland. The requirements for children and adults are listed below:
Adults: Adults may obtain a library card if they present a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan ID displaying their current address. You may also provide a piece of official mail/form showing current address. Official mail/forms would include a tax bill, a utility bill, voter registration, or printed check. Other forms of ID are acceptable if your address is listed. You must be over 18 to obtain an adult card.
Children: Parent or legal guardian of the child must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan ID with a current address. The parent or guardian must be present to sign for the library card. People aged 16-17 still require a parent or guardian’s signature.
Student Cards: Children living in the Howard Miller Public Library service area who do not currently have a standard library card with a co-signer are eligible to apply for a limited use, student card without a co-signer provided. Child must be able to provide full home address, birthdate and phone number or email address. These cards only allow 3 print youth material checkouts. They have full access to Howard Miller Public Library’s digital collection. They can be upgraded to a full-use card with all privileges given to standard card holders with a co-signer signature at any time.
Non-residents: Non-residents may obtain a library card with a current Michigan Driver’s license/Michigan ID or proof of Michigan temporary residence. The fee for a non-resident is $50.00 per year (cash or check only). These non-resident cards are only valid through the Howard Miller Public Library.
Updated on 10/2/2020
Every three years library cards "expire". This just means that the library wants to verify your information (phone number, address, emails, etc.). When the library is open you may come in with your drivers license and staff will renew your card. If you are out of town and trying to check out digital material you can call the library at 616-772-0874 if no information has changed.
There are multiple apps associated with the library:
MyLibrary: This app is your ticket to the library in your pocket! You can:
Libby: Libby is one of our digital resources apps. You can check out ebooks, comic books, downloadable audiobooks, and magazines. You can borrow from libraries across the state using Libby too! Watch tutorials on using Libby here.
hoopla: hoopla is another digital resource app. With your Howard Miller library card you can check out 3 items a month. The types of downloadables available on hoopla include television shows, movies, music albums, audiobooks, ebooks, and comic books! Watch tutorials on using hoopla here.
Beanstack: Beanstack allows you to keep track of the books you've read and participate in various challenges. This is a fun and laid-back way to safely participate in library programs throughout the year! Beanstack is also a website, you do not need the app to participate.
Here at the Howard Miller Public Library we use a service called Shoutbomb for library alerts. Shoutbomb allows patrons to see when their holds are ready, which holds are ready, and where to pick up the holds! You can also see which items are due in 3 days and which are overdue. This system also allows for renewal of books that are due in 3 days or less. Renewals might not always work for various reasons. If this happens please check the catalog or call us.
It’s so easy to sign up!
To add a family member's card just text ADDCARD+[Your library card number]+[Your 4 digit PIN]. To add multiple cards you need to send multiple messages.
Change your PIN? You need to update it on Shoutbomb! Text NEWPASS+[Your library card number]+[NEW PIN].
Here are the commands Shoutbomb uses:
Use this link to sign up for email notifications. You need to know your library card number and four digit PIN to sign up for emails.
NOTE: To unsubscribe, remove your email address when you sign into your account.
There are many ways to renew your items!
Automatic renewal happens 3 days before your item is due. If your item is renewed it will show the new due date based on the original due date. So if your movie is due on April 4 and is automatically renewed it will now be due on April 11! If it is a book, it will be due on April 25. See below for an email example of an automatic renewal notification.
Most items can be renewed, but some, like our feature film DVDs and Express books, cannot.
To check out materials at the Howard Miller Public Library, you library card must be present. You may use Self Checkout if you have your ID or have your card memorized. We are required to ask verifying information if you bring your library card up to the front desk.
The Howard Miller Public Library is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. Borrowing privileges of your card extend beyond walls of this library to 82 area libraries. This means that you may visit other libraries within the cooperative to check out materials, or request that materials be sent to the Howard Miller Public Library for pick up. Names and addresses of libraries within the cooperative can be found at the Lakeland Library Cooperative website. PIN number is required to place items on hold.
Updated on 02/27/2019
There are a few reasons that you might not be able check out materials from our library (physical or digital). These include:
To see the Lakeland Library Cooperative Circulation Policies (Revised June 2017) click here.
Yes! Lakeland Library Cooperative, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), Suburban Library Cooperative, and Great Lakes Digital Libraries (GLDL) are partnered to share certain digital resources. This means that all patrons will have additional digital resources available to them.
Here's how to sign up with the other libraries:
1. Click on the Libby icon at the center of the menu:
2. Click "Add A Library".
3. Search for Midwest Collaborative, Suburban Library, or Great Lakes Digital Libraries.
4. Choose "I'm Visiting From Another Library" then Lakeland Library Cooperative and finally Howard Miller.
5. Use your library card to sign in and then repeat the process with the other partnering libraries!
To Switch Between Libraries:
There are a few ways to switch between libraries:
1. Click on the Libby icon at the center of the menu.
2. Click on the library you want to explore.
1. Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen.
2. Click on the library name and pick a library to search:
You can also borrow from other libraries right from the title information!
1. Click on the "plus box".
2. If another library has a copy ready to check out you can click on the box to borrow it immediately!
If you got a new library card number or recently moved you will need to update your account on Libby. It is pretty easy to do this!
1. Click on the Libby icon in the center of the screen.
2. Choose "See Library Cards".
3. Pick Actions.
4. Choose "Verify Card"
5. Enter your library card number and click Sign In.
This will have to be repeated with any of the partner libraries.
You will open your "shelf" and choose loans. See the menu below to learn all about the Libby options.
Find our materials here! There are multiple collections of books to browse as you scroll down the screen. Just click on the book cover that catches your eye to learn more about it and borrow/place it on hold!
Click the magnifying glass to search for material. Start typing the book/series title or author. Suggestions will appear—unfortunately, this does not mean that the library owns the title. You can borrow or place the book on hold from the results page!
Here you will find:
Loans - What you’ve already checked out
Holds - What material you’re on hold
Tags - This is a way to organize what books you want to read and those you’ve read. You can create a Wishlist by making a new tag.
Timeline lets you see what you what you placed on hold or checked out by month.
5. Using Partner Libraries on Libby:
Other libraries in Michigan have partnered with Lakeland Library Cooperative to offer you more material. You can switch between libraries by clicking on the Libby icon in the center.
You can also see what other libraries have the book you’re looking at by clicking on the “plus box” (see below). If another library has a copy ready to check out you can click on the box to borrow it immediately!
You can also update your library card number and provide feedback to Libby using this icon.
You can only renew an item if its within 3 days of being due and no one has it on hold. It is a common courtesy to return your item as soon as you're done so the next person can enjoy it!
When you're ready to renew or return:
1. Go your Shelf and pick "loans".
2. Click "Manage Loan" under the title.
3. Choose "Return Early" or "Renew Loan" if available.
The other options are:
Reading Journey - See how much time you've spent reading this title and the timeline for your checkouts.
Share Title - If you really loved this title and want to share it with your friends you can share the link from here!
Tag - Tag the title to group together your favorites, what you didn't like, or just about anything!
Yes, we are so excited to offer a summer reading program for all ages—young children (0-Preschool), students (entering Kindergarten-5th grade), teens (entering 6th-12th grade), and adults.
Participants can register and begin tracking reading and literacy building activities starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The program ends on Saturday, August 7, 2021.
For those who participated last year, please visit the Beanstack portal on either our website https://www.cityofzeeland.com/506/Beanstack or click on the Beanstack app installed on your smart phone. You will need to use the same username and password as last year. Don’t remember your password? Just simply click on the option to reset your password or call the library at 616.772.0874. A staff member is ready to help.
If you are new to the program, visit https://www.cityofzeeland.com/506/Beanstack and click on Beanstack to access easy-to-follow instructions on how to register OR download the Beanstack app to your smart phone or tablet through your device’s app store.
If you don’t have access to the internet or aren’t sure how to register, visit the library or call us at 616.772.0874. Our staff is ready to assist you.
HMPL is delighted to offer in-person programming for summer 2021! Wednesdays at 10:00 am, our team will pop up in either VandeLuyster Square or Lawrence Street Park to bring fun and learning to the whole family. For specific dates, park locations, and activities, please refer to our website at www.hmpl.org, the Howard Miller Public Library Facebook site, and our Howard Miller Public Library Instagram page.
No registration is required to participate and all programs are free of charge!
Library cards are not required to participate in the summer reading 2021 program or events. However, we encourage you to ask about getting one. Registering for a library card is easy and free of charge! Staff are ready to assist you via phone at 616.772.0874, in-person in the library and in the park during our weekly events.
We are offering curbside pickup currently but there are differences:
We cannot accept returns via curbside. We cannot hand you your items. You might not be able to use the curbside parking space, but any parking spot on Church St. is ok.
*Curbside exchanges will now consist of your holds in a bag labelled with your last name. A staff member will put the bag on the cart near the library’s entrance on Church St. If you have mobility issues, please let us know and we will deliver your holds to your vehicle. If you are in quarantine, please send another person to pick up your holds. We will check them out to a family member or friend for you.
If you are the parent of a minor then absolutely!
You cannot use this service to pick up your spouse/sibling/parent/adult child. You may pick up their holds at the front desk and check them out using self checkout (their PIN # will be required for this).
Mobile Hotspots should be picked up at the front desk, but we can bring the paperwork out to your car if you are uncomfortable coming in the building due to COVID concerns.
Other items in our collection cannot be placed on hold so cannot be picked up with this service:
You can! Placing a book club kit on hold is different from other items so we recommend that you here for more information.
We are currently allowed to host up to 100 people at any given time.
Yes, we encourage you to bring your kids with you to the library. There are no limits on how many people within a family can enter the library at any given time.
We are not requiring masks, but have them available for people who wish to wear one.
We have 8 public computers available for the public to use. All computer stations are adequately spaced to allow for social distancing. Due to demand for this resource, patrons will be given 1 hour each day to use the computers. If someone needs additional time to apply for a job, gain access to local, state and federal assistance or other vital uses, library staff will be able to allow more computer time on a case by case basis. All gaming on public computers will be suspended during this phase of our re-opening.
Yes, guests will be able to access books and other library materials within the children’s area of the library. During this phase of our re-opening, children’s computers, toys and other objects have been removed to mitigate the spread of the virus. Fun on the Run packs are also not available at this time.
There are areas available to read materials in the library while remaining socially distanced from other guests. We are asking that you use hand sanitizer before and after reading magazines and newspapers in the library to mitigate the spread of the virus.
We cannot accept returns via curbside. We cannot hand you your items. You might not be able to use the curbside parking space, but any parking spot on Church St. is okay.
*Curbside exchanges will now consist of your holds in a bag labelled with your last name. A staff member will put the bag on the sidewalk near the library’s entrance on Church Street. If you have mobility issues, please let us know and we will deliver your holds to your vehicle. If you are in quarantine, please send another person to pick up your holds. We will check them out to a family member or friend for you.
Our study rooms are currently partially available. Not every room is open and the rooms are first-come first-serve for two hour sessions. There are tables with single chairs throughout the library for those who need a quiet place to study.
For Summer Reading 2021 we will have Pop-Up Park Programs every Wednesday! There will be no indoor in-person programs at this time. Please check our calendar through this link to learn more about the events!
Our library definitely looks and feels different right now. Before the pandemic, we encouraged community members to linger and gather for as long as they like. Ultimately, our goal is to return to building a social, community-building environment; however, until the virus is contained, we are encouraging everyone to think of the library as a grocery store environment. Find the materials and information you need and enjoy them at home.
Our director, Heather Wood-Gramza, is more than happy to answer questions and address concerns. She may be contacted by emailing email@example.com or by calling the library at 616.772.0874.
After the Initial Inspection, the property owner is given at least thirty days to make all of the required corrections prior to the Re-Inspection. Once all of the corrections have been made, and all of the documentation and fees have been submitted, a Rental Certificate of Compliance may be issued to you.
At this point in time, we are estimating a total project cost of $3.6 Million which includes the removal and replacement of the existing sidewalk and installation of snowmelt along Main on both sides of the street from State to the East property line of the Community Restaurant. This also includes snowmelted crosswalks at State and Main, Church and Main, Centennial and Main, Maple and Main, and a Midblock Crosswalk on Main between Elm and Church. (The crosswalk at Elm/Main is already complete.)
Generally speaking, the funds for this project have come in the form of unbudgeted Personal Property Tax Reimbursement payments from the State of Michigan. Since 2018, the City has received more than $5 Million from this unbudgeted revenue source.
These payments were unbudgeted because they are not guaranteed. The City did budget for nearly $4 Million of Personal Property Tax Reimbursements and did incorporate these funds into our operational budget. Since this additional $5 Million was not guaranteed, we did not feel that it was prudent to use these funds for operational investments or a lower the millage rate. Instead, we have chosen to use these funds for long-term transformative projects.
It is anticipated that property owners abutting this snowmelt system will responsible for two costs associated with the project which will be charged in the form of two special assessments.
At this point in time, we are planning to levy these special assessments based on the snowmelted area for each parcel. As part of the special assessment process, City Council could determine to place a cap on the square footage that is specially assessed, exempt specific parcels from the special assessments, or even choose not to specially assess for these costs.
We are currently working on a grant program using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for eligible small businesses and non-profits that could be used to off-set the Installation Special Assessment.
Our plan is to begin construction during the spring of 2023 with an anticipated fall of 2023 completion. In order to be ready for construction during 2023, we will be working through final engineering, aesthetic design, special assessment processes, and grant policies throughout 2022. Our intention is to have a final bid package ready by December of 2022. During 2022, we will also be addressing items such as how to handle building insets, special assessment considerations for varying sized snowmelt systems, and project coordination.
Since the scope of the snowmelt project only includes sidewalks and crosswalks - it is projected that vehicular traffic through downtown will be maintained during the majority of construction. We envision a phased approach to construction, and are anticipating block-by-block phasing in order to minimize disruption. On-street parking spaces adjacent to the construction activities will be blocked off, in phases, as we work through the project, in order to facilitate contractor construction activities. We do realize though that some overlap between blocks will occur throughout the project in order to minimize the total disruption time to the Downtown. We will work with the contractor in order to maintain front door or partial driveway access throughout the majority of the project, but realize there may be times when front door access will not be available (i.e. during snowmelt tubing installation and during the pouring of concrete). During periods between sidewalk removal and reinstallation, when there is no concrete surface, temporary surfaces will be used, such as gravel, plywood walkways, or through other means.
The Social District allows customers the flexibility to purchase alcoholic beverages downtown (from Public or Tripelroot) and consume them while walking or sitting within the boundaries of the district. (See map for district boundaries.)
This is a perfect opportunity to grab a drink while you wait for availability to dine at a restaurant. It also creates the opportunity for different people in your party to select drinks and food from different restaurants and dine together at City of Zeeland tables within the Social District. Think of it like a food court!
You may eat or consume alcoholic beverages served in designated Social District cups at any City of Zeeland furniture, including: downtown benches, picnic tables, at café tables found within the boundaries of the Social District. Group seating is provided at the Elm Street Park (across from City Hall) and the on-street Patio in front of Tripelroot (on Main Street).
Businesses that provide their own café seating in front of their business along Main or Elm Street, may permit customers to consume Social District beverages while dining at their tables. (Please ask at individual businesses.)
Beer, wine and liquor are allowable drinks when served in a designated Social District cup. Drinks must be purchased from a licensed business within the Social District: Tripelroot or Public.
No. You may only walk on public property within the designated Social District boundaries. Leaving the Social District with an alcoholic beverage, or trespassing on private property violates State and local law.
No. Once an alcoholic beverage has left the business where it was served it must be consumed before you enter another other business or private property.
No. The Splash Pad is not part of the regular operational hours of the Social District. If alcohol is ever permitted within the Splash Pad it will be for City of Zeeland approved special events only and will be clearly posted on those occasions.
The social district map has two categories - the red section indicates the regular social district boundaries: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm.
The pink sections will be used during designated special events only.
These special events include:
*Alcohol in the Splash Pad is explicitly off limits unless otherwise posted.