Public Library Cooperatives in Michigan
There are eleven library cooperatives in the state of Michigan created by PA 89 of 1977. Library Cooperatives provide member libraries with access to resource sharing, library development and training. Cooperatives are funded by a 1/3 portion of state aid based on the population served and a portion of state aid paid to member libraries for the purchase of the services that they provide. 1/3 is paid directly to public library for meeting the financial requirement of 3/10 mil local support and certified staff. The remaining 1/3 is for membership in a library cooperative. The cooperative can then bill the public library for that 1/3 or bill the public library for the services it provides to their members. Each cooperative sets the payment required for services provided.
Each year the State of Michigan appropriates funds through legislation, it is paid out on a per capita payment, using the populations served by each library and cooperative library. Payment is made 50% after the State Aid Annual Report is received and reviewed and the remaining 50% after July 1st each year.
Per Section 397.554 Cooperatives Libraries submit a Plan for library services, to the Library of Michigan, which sets forth a statement describing the services that will be provided to member libraries, the means and agencies be which the services will be provided without duplication of existing resources and expertise, and the cooperative board that will receive funds and execute duties shall be developed by participating local public library boards.
Please visit the links below to find more details on each of the cooperatives.
Detroit Library Cooperative: Detroit, MI
Jo Anne Mondowney-Director
Lakeland Library Cooperative: Grand Rapids MI
Mid-Michigan Library League: Cadillac, MI
Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative: Flint, MI
Northland Library Cooperative: Alpena, MI
Southwest Library Cooperative: Paw Paw, MI
Suburban Library Cooperative: Sterling Heights, MI
Superiorland Library Cooperative: Marquette, MI
The Library Network: Novi, MI
White Pine Library Cooperative: Saginaw, MI
Kate Van Auken–Director
Woodlands Library Cooperative: Albion, MI
Kate Pohjola Andrade-Director
More information regarding library cooperatives can be found at Michigan Library Cooperative Directors Association website including a map of existing cooperatives in Michigan.