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Who We Are

Manistee County Library System established 1905 as a city library, merged in 1972 to become a county wide Library system.

Mission Statement:
Providing residents a pathway for literacy, lifelong enjoyment, collaborative space, and tools to thrive as citizens of the 21st century through access to, and preservation of, print and electronic resources.

Vision Statement:
A 21st century library whose pervasive presence within Manistee County is responsive to the diversity of the community's needs.

Who we are:
The Manistee County Library is a 6 branch public library system serving all of Michigan’s Manistee County. The main library is located in Manistee at 95 Maple Street. Branch locations can be found in Arcadia, Bear Lake, Kaleva, Onekama and Wellston. The library system’s materials collection has 99,985 items including books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and video games. MCL serves a population of 24,640 residents and circulates over 168,000 items per year.

MCL offers patrons many services. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can assist you with research questions, book suggestions, and much more. The Manistee location houses over one-hundred years of local newspaper articles on microfilm.

Those that can’t make it to one of our 6 locations can still use many library resources through our website with a valid MCL library card. Patrons can choose from hundreds of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks available online. The Michigan Electronic Library is a great source for research and educational databases. The Newsbank database gives access to newspaper articles from around the country.

 All the branches are equipped with computers for public access. They offer internet and Microsoft Office compatible programs. You may print from the computers for a $0.25 charge per page. All 6 locations provide fax and copying services.There are non-internet computers installed with fun, educational children’s games in the kids’ area of all MCL locations.

 The youth services department offers programming throughout the year for babies and adults and all ages in between. Check out our schedule for story times, book clubs, writing contests, the Teen Advisory Board, holiday programming, summer reading programing and special events.

 The Manistee County Library System has locations in Arcadia, Bear Lake, Kaleva, Onekama and Wellston, as well as Manistee.