Bay View Library

Built in 1931, the Bay View Library is one of the largest Chautauqua libraries. The collection is refreshed annually with new and popular adult and children’s titles. The library’s upstairs features a children’s collection complete with private reading nooks, popular book series, and décor. The curation features extensive collections and displays of works by Ernest Hemingway, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and notable Michigan authors.

2024 Library Hours

June 10 – 14 Monday – Friday 10am-1pm
June 17 – August 9 Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
August 12 – 30 Monday – Friday 10am-1pm
Sept 3 – 12 Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-1pm

 We now offer temporary lending privileges to:

  • People who rent cottages for two weeks or more
  • Music Festival students, faculty, and seasonal staff
  • Friends or extended family staying with a leasehold member

2024 Summer Programs

Tuesdays at 2pm Weekly story time for 2-6 year-olds, with a craft.
Reading Bingo A reading challenge for kids and adults, complete your Bingo Card for a prize. Begins Monday 6/10, ends Friday 8/9. Pick up your cards at the Library.

2024 Special Events

Open House
The July 4th Bay View Parade ends at the Library. Please join us for refreshments and an open house. Get your summer reading Bingo Card and a Library lending number.
Big Book Sale
Thursday, July 11th from 9am-12:30pm in the Library lawn. This book sale raises funds for next year’s new titles.
The Big Read
Tuesday, July 16th in Voorhies Hall with special guest John Smolens. Presented by the Education Department and the Bay View Library.
Michigan Notables
Sunday, June 23rd at 4pm in the Library, John Beck and Bill Castanier share the best books of the year.


The Bay View Library is staffed by our seasonal Librarian and the generous support of our Library Committee volunteers. The Library Committee also organizes special events.


(231) 753-2610 (only during summer business hours)