COVID-19 Resources for your patrons from the Library of Michigan:

The services listed below are available for all members of the Northland Library Cooperative.

Consultant service: The NLC director is available to answer and assist library boards and librarians with professional concerns and questions, including board training: Call 231.855.2206

Group Email:
Use this to contact all directors in the cooperative.

IT service: Need help with a question on technology for your library, contact the Technology department at Traverse Area District Library:

OCLC Partnership Program: If you have a request that cannot be filled by a library in Michigan, contact your Partner library for them to do an OCLC Search. Click here for more information.

Reciprocal Borrowing:  Many member libraries have signed reciprocal borrowing agreements.
Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements 2020
Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement Form

Delivery: Northland pays for delivery for its members based on the size of the library:
Class I:  2 days
Class II:  3 days
Class III & IV:  5 days
Class VI: 5 days plus 3 days at branches.
Libraries with branches also receive 2 day delivery at those branches.
Further information and a breakdown of delivery costs per member can be found here.

Summer Reading: Northland pays for the booking service at Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative. The service schedules library programs for summer reading as well as other library programs throughout the year.

Continuing Education Grant: $500 grant to each library to pay for continuing education such as workshops and conferences.
Invoice for Continuing Education 20-21  (Deadline is August 30, 2021)

Library Enhancement Grant:  Grants will be awarded to purchase materials, provide for programming, add technology (software and hardware) and to enhance the facility to meet the mission of the library.  The grant availability is based on the size of the library:

Class I: $1,860
Class II: $3,480
Class III: $4,410
Class IV: $5,580
Class VI: $7,680

All grant requests must be submitted by July 31, 2021.  Once approved, an invoice with proof of purchase must be submitted by August 30, 2021.
Enhancement Grant Request 20-21
Enhancement Grant Invoice 20-21

Up North Digital Consortium: NLC helps to coordinate Overdrive services to libraries who are a member of the UND Consortium.  This service includes negotiated pricing, collection development teams and consolidated billing.  Each member library will be billed in January based on population served and usage the previous year.
For more information

Substitute/Interim Librarian List: A list of qualified librarians willing to do interim or substitute work for member libraries is maintained by NLC. Contact the director for a current list and contact information.

Discount Programs: Northland participates in the statewide discount program offered by the Michigan Cooperative Directors Association.  Click here for more information.

T-Mobile Discount  for library employees : T-Mobile discount 2021

Advocacy: ALA’s National Library Legislative Day is held each May in Washington DC.  NLC will pay expenses for two individuals in addition to the Director to attend.  Contact the NLC Director if interested.

The Michigan Library Association Advocacy Day is  held in April in Lansing. Join MLA, library professionals, and advocates from around the state as we convene in Lansing to meet with legislators to thank them for the work they have done in support of libraries and ensure they are continuing champions of the importance of libraries in Michigan communities. (Note: This event may be presented virtually)

Talk: Text and Learn for Kindergarten  

Continuing Education: An all-staff mini conference was held in April of 2019. Planning for future conference and workshops is ongoing.

The Library of Michigan offers a variety of staff training opportunities:

  • Library of Michigan Continuing Education and Training Opportunities are in-person and online training that provided by LM staff or guest hosts. These events include popular topics such as the monthly Library Law Spotlight, Ready to Read, Trustee Training. Beginning in January of 2021 this is where users will be able to find an additional 4 live webinars a month from PCI Webinars too.
  • WebJunction – The Library of Michigan supports WebJunction, the place where all library workforce members can gain knowledge and skills to support their library’s. WebJunction provides live webinars and a growing list of self-paced courses that provide completion certificates too.  In addition to training, the site serves as a repository for best practices and users can find support documents and other resources on many topic areas related to libraries.
  • Library of Michigan Niche Staff Skills Academy – this is the place you can go anytime for self-paced modules of learning on many topics that can support all levels of library staff.  As LM works on creating more modules of learning for Niche additional content will be added and learning modules from other providers will be reviewed and added to the Academy. This is available for members of the Michigan library community. 
  • United for Libraries – 

 Library of Michigan Renews Statewide United for Libraries Membership

 The Library of Michigan (LM) has renewed statewide membership for Michigan in United for Libraries (UFL) a division of the American Library Association. This means library staff, trustees and friends across the state can access the members only resources provided by United for Libraries the Association for Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations.


If you are already familiar with UFL you may have been accessing resources on the website using a shared username and password provide by LM or your library director. This year UFL has upgraded their online platform to allow individuals to access the resources with their own unique login and password.  Members of the Michigan library community can now create their own account and unique login. To set up your account follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the STATEWIDE ACCESS FIND YOUR STATE blue bar
  3. Scroll down to Michigan 
  4. Register to use the resources
  5. For future access you simply login to your account under MICHIGAN

This statewide membership includes resources such as those listed below:

  • Online learning such as Short  Takes for Trustees and The Trustee Academy
  • Digital publications on searching for a new director, strategic planning, roles of Friends, Trustees and Library Directors
  • Toolkits on Insurance for Libraries, getting grants, and effective meetings
  • Online version of the Voice for America’s Libraries newsletter
  • And more…

Be sure to set up your access to the valuable members only information provided in this statewide subscription. This service is provided to you at no charge and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library of Michigan.

If you have any questions about the UFL statewide membership contact LM at 517.335.1516 or


Michigan Library Cooperatives Map