About the Hillsdale Community Library
Library services, in one form or another, have been offered for nearly 135 years in the city of Hillsdale. In 1879 a group of women formed a library association formed with the intention to “circulate good literature among the people of Hillsdale.” The books they collected would eventually become the foundation of the Mitchell Public Library, which opened in 1908. The Mitchell Public Library served Hillsdale for 95 years until the construction of the Hillsdale Community Library in 2003, a two million dollar state-of-the-art library building.
Growing from the initial collection of 2,666 volumes, the Hillsdale Community Library collection currently stands at over 50,000 volumes and continues to grow. The new library also includes dedicated space for children, teen, and adult materials, plus large print, audio books, and DVDs. There are 14 public access computers. The facility includes a spacious community meeting room that not only provides programming space for the library, but also for local civic and other organizations, to rent for presentations and meetings.
Hillsdale Community Library is dedicated to serving the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Hillsdale. As a public agency, the library is maintained as a service to the community and the people who support it. Service of the library is not limited to individuals but extends to support the civic, educational and cultural activities of groups and organizations. The library cooperates with other organizations, agencies, and institutions to provide library service.
The vision for this library builds on the strengths and achievements of the past and envisions a future in which the library reflects the changing needs and desires of those who use it and reaches out in a creative way to attract new users. The library provides a welcoming environment to all, makes the best technology available to serve the information needs of the community, and encourages lifelong learning.