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The Hillsdale Community Library collection currently consists of over 39,000 volumes of books and over 50 periodicals. We also have a collection of audio books (both books on CD and Playaway) and videos.

Fiction Collection

We have approximately six thousand titles in our fiction collection, including numerous award winning books, as well as best sellers, and other popular titles.


Our second largest collection in the library, the nonfiction likewise includes award winning books, best sellers, and other popular titles.


Our reference collection consists of such items as encyclopedias, almanacs, language dictionaries, a register of Michigan Manufacturers, atlases, statistical abstracts, and many other source materials.

Children & Young Adult

The library maintains a separate collection of books for children and young adults. The children and young adult collections make up roughly 34% of the entire library collection.

Large Print Books

We have over 1,600 Large Print titles including both fiction and nonfiction.

Audio Books

Our Audio Book collection has over 1,500 titles. The collection includes both books on CD and Playaway.


The library subscribes to The Hillsdale Daily News and The Wall Street Journal.


The library subscribes to numerous weekly and monthly publications such as Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Taste of Home, etc. Patrons may check out periodicals.

Special Collections

The Mitchell Research Center, next door to the Hillsdale Community Library, maintains a collection of materials related to the history of Hillsdale and the surrounding areas. The MRC collection consists of birth and death records, census information, family histories, etc and is cared for by the Friends of the Mitchell Research Center, a non-profit organization.

The library also maintains a collection of approximately 1,500 medical books and other scientific resources, which are available to the public for use.