The Otsego District Public Library is a full-service public library offering book and audio-video collections, programs and services to the residents of Alamo Township, the City of Otsego, and Otsego Township. Founded in 1844, the library moved into a new 18,400 square foot building in 2009. It houses 66,345 items available for checkout, offers many programs for children and adults, and allows public use of its meeting and program spaces.
The library is recognized for its outstanding customer service, its responsiveness to patrons, and for providing quality service with a smile. The library is funded in large part by a district-wide millage voted in perpetuity by residents in 1996.
The Otsego District Public Library is recognized as a valuable resource for the community. Our mission is to enrich the community by connecting people with information, each other, and the world. We believe the Otsego District Library will provide a professional and welcoming atmosphere and enrich literacy, especially in children. We will adapt to the changing needs of our community. We will communicate the library’s wide range of resources and express the value of our library.
Did You Know…?
Patrons checked out over 87,714 items from the library in 2021, and over 36,665 people visited the library for programs, collections, and use of computers.
Certified as a Silver Level LEED building, the 2009-constructed library was designed with energy efficiency in mind. The facility exceeds standard requirements for heating, cooling, and lighting, resulting in immediate energy savings. The building’s energy performance achieves a level 14% higher than the recommendations of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning. The architect reduced the site’s “heat island” effect by utilizing roofing materials with a high solar reflective value. Designers implemented a storm water management system that promotes infiltration and captures and treats runoff from 90% of onsite rainfall. The site utilizes minimized exterior lighting, resulting in less light trespassing from the building and lower sky glow.
In 2020, Otsego and the library faced a major hailstom resulting in the replacement of the entire facility’s roof and all the library skylights.