City Government Community  Visitors
Online ServicesLatest NewsCommunity Center Photos Home Chamber of Commerce Develop Iosco Economic Toolkit



Font: + -

Library Information

Our library is located at 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan.

We are part of the East Tawas city Hall/Community Center complex adjacent to Robert C. Bolen Memorial Park.

Visitors and residents of all ages are enjoying our greatly expanded 5,000 square foot library which opened on August 23, 2016. Please stop in and visit us. We will try to assist you with your library needs to the best of our abilities.

After Hours Book Return 

An outside book return is located under the covered walkway entrance to the City Hall / Community Center / Library complex.

If your books are overdue, it is OK to return them in the book return. Returning the books will stop the fine (usually 10¢/day) from accumulating further. You can then pay the fine by cash or check at any Iosco-Arenac District Library branch during library hours.

Book Sale Area

The East Tawas Library promotes literacy by giving away free books and by providing an ongoing used book sale area which is open during regular library hours. The proceeds are used to purchase additional magazine subscriptions and other items for the library.

Catalog and Digital Media

The East Tawas Library is one of eight branches of the Iosco-Arenac District Library. The online catalog Enterprise can be found on the Iosco-Arenac District Library's website and can be accessed from home or from any internet computer.

The District’s website also contains links to various digital media offerings which are free with your library card.


Michigan residents have access to various free electronic databases through (the Michigan eLibrary.) Proof of Michigan residency is required (library card, driver's license, or state identification card) to access most of the databases from non-library computers..


The East Tawas Library accepts donations of used books, magazines, videos, DVDs, audio books, and jigsaw puzzles. Materials not circulated are placed in the book sale area or given away depending on condition, the library's collection needs, and space, as decided by library staff. Please check with library staff before donating encyclopedias or multi-year collections of magazines.

Donor Wall and Brick Pavers

Our donor wall inside the library recognizes the financial donations made to help construct our library.  The solid wood books were crafted locally by Dave Hicks of Redbird Wood Products and engraved by John Bolen of Tawas Bay Etchworks.  The wooden books recognize donations of $1,000 or more.  A large, open wood book recognizes donors of $100 to $999. 

Outside the library brick pavers honor and memorialize other library supports. Bricks are available for $100 each.  Please submit the application form to City Hall.

Friends of the East Tawas Library

The City is very fortunate to have an active Friends group which has helped fund our new library building. The Friends of the East Tawas Library is a very busy group and sponsors several events throughout the community including Booked for Lunch and the wine festival Tawas Uncork'd. More information about the Friends, including newsletters and a membership application, can be found on their website.


We will be happy to work with you to help select books in honor and/or in memory of friends, colleagues, relatives, and loved ones. A book plate will be placed in each book.

Information for the Visually Impaired

The library has an extensive and increasingly popular collection of large print books. We also have audio books on CD.

We have a DaVinci magnifying machine available for public use during library hours. It was generously donated to us by a Tawas Lake couple. Library staff will be happy to demonstrate the machine’s many features.

The East Tawas Library is an official demonstration site for the Talking Book Program. We have a digital player which has been loaned to us by the Braille and Talking Book Library of Lansing. If you or someone you know has difficulty reading standard size print or if you are just curious, we can show you how the player works. Talking books are available free of charge (including free mailing) to qualified applicants. We have information and applications here at the library and will be happy to assist you with the application process.

We also have information and applications for Newsline, a program which reads newspapers over the telephone to qualified applicants.

Library Cards

The East Tawas Library and the Iosco-Arenac District Library do NOT have a residency requirement. Proof of current address (driver's license, state ID, piece of recent mail, checkbook, utility bill, etc.) is required. The current address does not have to be in Michigan. Minors under 18 must have their cards signed (in person) by their parent or legal guardian.

Mailing Address

Please address any mail to: East Tawas Library, PO Box 672, East Tawas, MI 48730-0672.

Newspapers & Magazines

The library receives the following newspapers: 

  • The Iosco County News Herald
  • The Alcona County Review
  • The Arenac Independent
  • The Northeastern Shopper
  • The Bay City Times
  • The Detroit Free Press
  • The Ogemaw County Herald

The library subscribes to approximately 75 different magazines and regularly receives donations of other recent magazines from patrons.


Programs for both children and adults are scheduled by the Iosco-Arenac District Library. A complete Calendar of Events can be found on their website.

Public Computers and Wi-Fi

The library has seven internet computers which are available on a first-come, first-served basis; however, they do shut down 15 minutes prior to the library’s closing. Local residency is not required for computer use, nor is a library card.

Minors under 18 must have a library computer permission form signed in person by their parent or legal guardian. Minors under 12 using the internet must be accompanied at all times by their parent, legal guardian, or an adult as indicated on the signed permission form.

The cost of printing from library computers is 10 cents/page for black and white, and 50 cents/page for color. Payment must be made by cash or check only.

The use of flash drives and other memory devices is allowed as long as they are compatible with the library computers.

Public Wi-Fi is available inside the library for patrons with their own devices.

Series Books / What's Next™

The Kent District Library has a website, What's Next™ that answers the frequently asked question, "What book is the next one in this series?" This is a very handy website and the East Tawas library staff highly recommends it.


In addition to Luann, our Librarian, and part-time staff employees, Kim and Kelly, the East Tawas Library is fortunate to have two dedicated volunteers:

Patti Casey has volunteered since 2002. She earned her State of Michigan Library Certification Level 3 (formerly Level V) in 2009. She has also worked as a substitute since 2009.

Sue Freel has volunteered since 2003. She earned her State of Michigan Library Certification Level 3 (formerly Level V) in 2004.




Librarian Luann Elvey
Luann Elvey


Kim Ewing - Part-Time

Kelly Jordan - Part Time

Phone: (989) 362-6162

Library Hours

Monday: 9:00 am -6:00 pm 
Tuesday:9:00 am - 6:30 pm
 Wednesday:1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 Thursday:9:00 am- 6:00 pm 
 Friday:9:00 am- 6:00 pm 
 Saturday:9:00 am- Noon 


© 2010, City of East Tawas. All rights reserved.