To contact us:
Ionia Community Library ¨ 126 East Main Street ¨ Ionia, MI 48846
Phone: (616) 527-3680 ¨ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome to use the library’s collection in the building. A library card is required to check out material. Residents of the City of Ionia and the following townships qualify for a regular library card: Berlin, Easton, Ionia, North Plains, Orange, Orleans, and Ronald. All or portions of these municipalities are within the library district.
Registering for a library card requires either a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan Identification Card with your current street address. Minors under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or guardian present identification and co-sign for their library card. There is no charge for the first library card.
As a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC), the Ionia Community Library honors cards issued by other member libraries. Ionia County residents who do not live in LLC service areas are entitled to a free nonresident card. The library also offers varying levels of fee-based services for nonresidents.
Library cardholders or co-signers are responsible for all materials checked out to that card, and for paying fines and/or replacement costs when accrued. Please notify the library if your library card is lost or has been stolen.
New Ionia Community Library patrons are limited to two items checked out at a time for the first three months.
The majority of library materials check out for three weeks. DVDs, videotapes, and magazines check out for one week. Items (without holds) may be renewed once either in person, online or over the telephone. Please have your library card handy when calling.
The library has a book return available on the front porch. There is also an alternate return for audio or video material. Please return material inside when the library is open. Overdue fines are 15¢ per day per item for most material.
The Library Catalog
Access to the library’s online catalog is available within the library or 24/7 from any internet accessible computer.
Go to ioniacommunitylibrary.org and select Online Catalog. The Lakeland Library Cooperative maintains the catalog of materials for all member libraries. You may search the entire cooperative’s holdings, or limit your search to only those materials owned by the Ionia Community Library.
If you locate an item that is currently
checked out or only available from another library, you may Place a Hold and request the Ionia Community Library as the pickup location.
We receive inter-loan delivery from the Cooperative two days a week. We will call to have you pick the item up, or you may register for e-mail notification clicking on the link on the main page of our website.
By logging into My Account from the catalog you may renew items you have checked out, and view or cancel holds.
Reference assistance is provided to help you answer questions from homework to house repair, or to find a good book to read. Our collection also includes business and personal tax forms. Divorce and custody packets are available for a small fee.
Databases are available from the library’s homepage. Go to ioniacommunitylibrary.org and select Electronic Database. Popular features include full-text resources available from InfoTrac on business, health, law and other topics, and the LearnATest site for exam preparation. A valid Michigan Driver’s License number may have to be entered to access some data bases.
The Library Collection includes material in multiple formats for all ages and reading interests. Emphasis is placed on popular recreational reading materials, curriculum support for students in K-12, and early literacy materials for preschoolers. The Library houses 35,000 books, books on CD, videos and DVDs, Playaways, magazines, graphic novels, large print books, beginning readers, ESL material, test preparation books and information kits.
Overdrive downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, DRM free downloadable music and Rocket Languages are features we offer on the main page. Just click on the Overdrive, Freegal or Rocket Languages link to get started..
Nine Internet Accessible Computers are available for library patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. All computers feature Microsoft Office products. Black and white printouts are $0.25 per page with color printouts available for $0.50 per page.
All patrons must abide by our computer use policy and have a library card in good standing. Minors are required to have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip. The library complies with the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act. Patrons will access the computers using their library card and pin number. An automated system keeps track of computer time.
Genealogy References emphasize local history with print and microfilm resources. Heritage Quest Online is available within the library.
The library's regular calendar of children’s events include Toddler Time and Preschool Story Times in the spring and fall; an extensive Summer Reading Program and events; Pajama Story Times every Monday night in March, a Bookmark Contest every October; and ongoing school visits and tours.
Teen services include the most up-to-date books for teens and young adults. Our wide collection features the latest in teen and young adult fiction, graphic novels and books on CD and Playaways. The library hosts a teen Summer Reading Program. video game parties and movie nights for teens throughout the year.
The library hosts a book discussion group from September through May. The library also sponsors a different community organization every December for programming and donations, and hosts a Winter Adult Reading Club. A county-wide reading program called *On the Same Page in Ionia County" occurs every March, and events such as author visits occur throughout the year.
The Friends of the Ionia Community Library have book sales each summer at the Library and sponsor the Readers* Circle book discussion group. Periodic fundraising events help the Friends group raise money to supplement and support library services. More information about the Friends is available at the library.
ICL Board of Trustees
The Library Board of Trustees are appointed for four-year terms with two members each representing the City of Ionia, Easton Township and the Ionia Public Schools.