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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 39,000 volumes and continues to grow. The new library also includes dedicated space for children's programming, a young adults' area and expanded technology. The new facility also includes a spacious community meeting room that not only provides programming space for the library, but also for local civic and other organizations, to use for presentations and meetings.

Hillsdale Community Library Mission Statement

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.


Hillsdale Community Library Vision Statement

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.


Did you know? Facts About the Hillsdale Community Library

  • Over 58,900 people visited the library in 2015
  • The public access computers were used 11,246 times in 2015
  • The Wi-Fi was utilized 4,510 times in 2015
  • 7,139 hours were spent on the public access computers in 2015
  • 57,572 items were circulated in 2015
  • Ancestry.com is now available on the public access computers
  • 4,319 eBooks were downloaded in 2015
  • 4,469 patrons attended 227 programs in 2015
  • 312 kids, 116 teens, and 83 adults participated in the 2015 Summer Reading Program
  • The library held its first Summer Reading program in 1936
  • The Ladies Library Association of Hillsdale was formed in 1879 with a collection of 522 books. This collection formed the basis for the Mitchell Public Library
  • The library's Historical Room was established in 1916 and is continuing to grow under the care of the Friends of the Mitchell Research Center


Job openings


The Hillsdale Community Library Board of Trustees is seeking an experienced, innovative,

resourceful and creative Library Director to provide vision, management, leadership and the
commitment to bring this library to new levels of growth and service.

Position: Library Director @ 40 hours per week for a Class IV Municipal (Public) Library.

The Hillsdale Community Library Board of Trustees is seeking an experienced, innovative, resourceful and creative Library Director to provide vision, management, leadership and  the commitment to bring this library to new levels of growth and service.

Position Requirements: Master's degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution. The ability to obtain a Librarian's Professional Certificate from the State Library of Michigan. A minimum of two (2) years preferably four years (4) of progressively responsible library administrative experience in a public library comparable to the size of Hillsdale is preferred. The successful candidate will have significant financial management experience, strong human relations skills, a knowledge of and vision for using library technology to improve services, the ability to connect with the community and network with other organizations. Proven leadership and communication skills as well as creative problem-solving are desirable.

Region: The city of Hillsdale is located in South Central Michigan, bordering Indiana and Ohio. This incorporated community has a population of approximately 9,000 residents. As the conty seat for Hillsdale County, the City of Hillsdale was established in 1839 and chartered in 1869. Hillsdale is home to Hillsdale College, and numerous industrial, commercial and residential developments that provide a variety of opportunities to people from local and surrounding areas. The Hillsdale Community Library (formally the Mitchell Public Library) was established in 1908.

Salary: Dependent upon qualifications and experience. Benefit package included.

Send resume or inquiries via email to Mark Maier, Library Board President (mark.maier@gmail.com)

The City of Hillsdale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The deadline for applications is May 18, 2017.



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