About the Library

Michigan State Librarian’s Citation of Excellence Award

Michigan State Librarian’s Citation of Excellence Award

A place for everyone to explore, discover, and engage.


Organized in 1872 and selected National Library of the Year in 2002, Kalamazoo Public Library serves a district population of 119,000 through five locations plus multiple outreach ventures. Many Southwest Michigan residents use Kalamazoo Public Library through reciprocal agreements with neighboring libraries.


The library offers an extensive collection of books, movies, and music, year-round programming for all ages, ONEplace—a management support center for nonprofits, a Local History Room featuring a vibrant website and local information database, the County Law Library, and more. Dozens of public computers and wi-fi offer high-speed access to the Internet. Mobile apps make library information and the collection more easily accessible to portable devices.


Property tax revenues, collected through the authority of two voter-approved millages, fund about 94% of the library’s budget. Kalamazoo voters have a long history of supporting their library. Use the value calculator to find out how much your library is worth to you.