About Our Response to COVID-19 (The Coronavirus) Outbreak

UPDATED Governor Whitmer has issued an Executive Order which closes places of public accommodation including all libraries.

Beginning as soon as possible but no later than at 3:00 pm March 16, 2020, and continuing until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 pm, libraries are closed to “ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public”.

Dear Valued Library Member,

The Library will be closed from March 15-April 5!

The Harrison Township Public Library is committed to the health and safety of our guests, our staff, and our community.  In our efforts to combat the spread of the virus, we will be closing our doors from March 15-April 5. We will automatically extend all due dates and waive all fines until we reopen. We ask everyone to PLEASE keep all library materials until we reopen.

While our doors are closed, our staff are still working to provide you with the best possible service. Our librarians are creating digital content like online storytimes and digital programs to help keep our members engaged and informed during this time of social distancing. Check out our Facebook and our YouTube channel to access our digital programs.

Library Program Status

All library programs through April 5th and the DIA bus tour scheduled for April 8th are cancelled EXCEPT the Tax Preparation services scheduled for March 20 and April 3. Since the Tax Preparation service is a one-on-one appointment with a tax professional, we will continue with that event. You will be notified personally if that changes and your appointment is canceled.

We will continue to communicate any further impacts on the library, our programs, our hours, and all our services as necessary. In the meantime, please take full advantage of the many digital resources that you can access from the comfort of your home with your library card at htlibrary.org.

Everyone can play a part in keeping our community healthy. Please visit the following websites to learn more about the federal, state, and local response as well as what you can do to protect yourself.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Melissa Goins
Library Director


HTPL YouTube Channel: Introducing…Online Storytimes With Lila the Library Ladybug!


Stay tuned for HTPL’s Online Storytimes with Lila the Library Ladybug! The Night Before Christmas was our first one, which aired on Christmas Eve on Facebook Live. You may continue to view it on our Facebook page (@htlibrary), as well as on our YouTube channel.

Upcoming Facebook Live Online Storytimes will air at 7pm on the following Wednesdays: January 29, February 26, and March 25, and will also be posted to YouTube for future viewing.


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Automatic Renewals are Here!

It’s no secret. We’re all busy these days. The one thing we could all use more of is time. Well, you got it! We can do that. The Harrison Township Public Library is pleased to announce that we’re giving you more time…on your checkouts that is. Starting November 1st,  2018, the library launches its new automatic renewal service. You won’t have to do much to keep your items even longer. Materials that can be renewed will now renew automatically if they are not returned by the due date. The standard loan period is 21 days for books and 7 days for DVD movies and television series. The new service will allow users to keep their items for one additional loan period. “We’re always looking for ways to give more to our members,” said library director, Melissa Goins. “This decision was an easy one for us.”

There are some exceptions to the service. An item will not renew if:

  • other customers have requested it and are waiting
  • the item has already been renewed once
  • the customer’s account has a balance of $5 or more

Members will be notified if their items have been automatically renewed. All notices should be read carefully since all items may not be eligible for renewal. Standard overdue charges of 20¢ per day will be charged for all items that could not be renewed automatically for any reason.

New Library Hours Effective Tuesday, September 4

The library's operating hours are changing on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Our new hours will be:

Day Hours
Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 11am - 8pm
Wednesday 11am - 8pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

As always, our 24-hour book drop is available near the Townhall entrance to the library, and our website is available 24 hours every day.

Kanopy, on-demand film streaming service now available from HTPL

We’re pleased to offer the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy for free at Harrison Township Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting http://harrison.kanopy.com or from the library catalog at http://catalog.htlibrary.org.

Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Offering what the New York Times calls ͞a garden of cinematic delights,͟ Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides HTPL patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.