General Information






311. N. Steel St.

Ontonagon, MI 49953


M: 11-8

Tu: 11-5

W: 11-8

Th: X

F: 11-5

Sa: 10-2

Su: X



The Ontonagon Township Library is looking to add a call-in substitute to our staff. Substitutes get an EXTREMELY LIMITED number of hours per year when a regular staff member calls in sick, takes time off, or needs extra hands for a special project. It won't pay the bills, but it's a great way to help out the library and make a few extra bucks at the same time!

Applicants MUST BE ABLE TO WORK THE 4 SHIFTS LISTED BELOW. (After that you will be added to our list of substitutes and will be able to claim available shifts via e-mail on a first-come, first-served basis.)


WED SEP 23 - 11:00a to 3:00p
FRI SEP 25 - 11:00a to 5:00p
MON OCT 12 - 2:00p to 8:00p
WED OCT 13 - 11:00a to 3:00p


Applicants must meet the legal requirements for employment in the State of Michigan. Applicants must be responsible adults, as the job will occasionally involve independently opening and closing a public facility, and handling (small amounts of) cash. Applicants should have a basic understanding of what a public library is. Applicants should be comfortable using computers and technology, especially search engines and copying/printing. Applicants should be comfortable interacting with the public; experience in a service-oriented environment is desirable.


Substitutes are paid minimum wage and receive no additional benefits. You will also be paid for training (which will initially consist of 5 to 10 hours of job shadowing.)

To apply, please e-mail a resume (or a brief letter explaining your interest and qualifications) to Library Director Leo Siren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Library services will resume soon!

(Pending any further updates to the state's Safer-at-Home order.)

Here's what you need to know:


CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY – 6/8/20 through 6/13/20



    • Check-out of library materials (and touchless delivery of materials to parking lot.)

    • Reader's Advisory services to help choose materials (pending staff availability)

    • Document printing - forward attachments or links to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • To schedule curbside service, call 906-884-4411 during service hours, and be sure to let us know which parking lot you'll be in!

    • Curbside services available during regular library hours only.




  • From 11:00 to noon Monday mornings, the library is reserved for use by senior citizens.

  • Summer” computer hours will begin immediately upon re-opening. This is one 30 minute session per visit. Please seat yourselves at every other computer when space is available to do so.

  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home. We can override due dates via telephone or e-mail if you are unable to return items for an extended period, and can designate a friend or family member to pick up items on your behalf.

  • There will be no “event” style programs (workshops, classes, story times, etc.) at OTL until further notice.

  • When using the library, please conduct your business as efficiently as possible, and limit visits to one per day.

  • CURBSIDE SERVICE will remain available for those who prefer not to enter the library, please call us at 906-884-4411 to arrange pickup.

  • Staff may cap the number of simultaneous visitors at their discretion.

  • Be respectful of the fact that there are a broad range of opinions and concerns regarding COVID-19. This means following social distancing protocols (6 ft minimum between persons), reserving commentary on whether others choose to wear a mask, etc.


These guidelines will remain in effect until further notice. Welcome back!



Dear friends and patrons,


In accordance with advice from Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office and the Michigan Library Association, we have made the very difficult decision to close our doors and suspend ALL library services and programs, effective Tuesday, 3/17/20.


All due dates will be automatically extended, and late fines will not accrue during the closure. You are under no obligation to return items until we have re-opened.


We will make an announcement as to continued closure or a re-open date prior to April 5th. This will also be in accordance with state advice.


We expect significant disruption to interlibrary loan services during this time, but we hope to have drive-up/walk-up service available for picking up holds 1 or 2 days a week, as staff will still be in the building working part-time on essential duties and special projects (including cleaning/sanitizing).


We are making this decision in the interest of community health, and regret any disruption or inconvenience to the lives of our patrons.




Leo Siren, Director

The full announcement from the MLA can be found at

With heartfelt apologies to anyone who was hoping to visit soon, it seems we got a bit ahead of ourselves with our plans to reopen this Friday.


Due to the extension of the governor's stay-at-home order and our designation as a public gathering place, we are unable to provide library services (including curbside pickup) until at least June 12th.


This is 100% my fault for misinterpreting the extension to State EO 2020-69, and I regret any confusion caused. We look forward to seeing you all as soon as we're able!


Leo Siren


The Nordic Noir Summer Book Club met at the Ontonagon Township Library on July 3, 2019.

(Standing left to right) Winnie Huron, Marlene Broemer, Donna Siren Perryman, Nelda Reid, Nancy Schreiber (Seated left to right) David Reid, Sue Desmond

We discussed The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg.

The book for next month’s discussion will be The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell a Swedish crime writer. A portion of this novel is set in Latvia at the time when the Soviet Union was dissolving, and the various factions of society are in conflict with each other to take advantage of the resulting chaos.

The next book club meeting will be in The Chandelier Room at the Ontonagon Township Library at 6:00 pm on August 7th. Please join us to meet new friends and have an interesting conversation. If interested, please contact David Reid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Category: Programs & Events

In compliance with state guidelines for non-essential businesses, the Ontonagon Township Library will remain closed until further notice. Wi-Fi remains available from the parking lot, and a large selection of electronic library materials can be found through the Great Lakes Digital Library and MeL E-Resources.



Meetings of the OTL board will also be canceled until further notice. The Library Director and Board Officers will conduct essential business as needed.

Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.