Libraries working together to bring quality information services to the citizens of Northern Michigan
The Northland Library Cooperative (NLC) is a non-profit resource sharing network of public libraries in over 6000 square miles of thirteen counties in northern lower Michigan: Alcona, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Luce, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego, and Presque Isle. Twenty-four public libraries with 18 branches serve the 281,000 residents of this mostly rural area.
Northland is one of 11 cooperatives funded by the State of Michigan to promote access to information for all citizens. The priorities of the cooperative include:
- Linking library users to resources not available locally through inter-library loan and resource sharing services
- Serving as advocates for member libraries at local, state, and national levels to represent their special interests and to secure adequate and stable funding
- Providing consultant services to local libraries in a variety of areas and facilitating communication and relationships among member libraries
- Assisting staff in member libraries to improve professional skills