About

General Information

Welcome to the Eaton Rapids Area District Library; a Library that is so much more than just books and a quiet place to read! Here we have activities happening daily that turn our building into a vibrant learning center in the middle of downtown, and we have electronic resources, GoPro cameras, mobile internet, board games and more to check out.

Our friendly staff strive to make each and every visit to the Library enjoyable and beneficial for everyone that walks through our doors.

I am proud to say I am the director of the Eaton Rapids Area District Library and I hope you enjoy your time with us.

Sincerely,

Anna M. Curtis, Director

Provide and make readily available library services necessary to meet the educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of the community today and into the future.

The Eaton Rapids Area District Library Board is comprised of seven members representing the three municipalities that make-up our service area. Six Board members are appointed by the municipality they reside in for four-year terms, and the seventh member rotates between the municipalities for a two-year term.

The Board meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Library. Major duties include maintaining the public Library, establishing Library policies, employing the Library Director, adopting an annual budget, and approving the expenditure of funds.

Link Meeting Agendas, Meeting Minutes and Board bylaws

Board Members

    • Jan Denton (President): City of Eaton Rapids – Term ends 12/31/2020
    • Nancy Pople (Vice-President): Hamlin Township – Term ends 12/31/2020
    • Kathy Ostrowski (Secretary): City of Eaton Rapids – Term ends 12/31/2022
    • Amanda Norton: (Treasurer): Eaton Rapids Township – Term ends 12/31/2019
    • Emily Bodkin (Trustee): Hamlin Township – Term ends 12/31/2022
    • Mike Foley (Trustee – Rotating Member): City of Eaton Rapids – Term ends 12/31/2019
    • Matt Swan-Badgero (Trustee): Eaton Rapids Township – Term ends 12/31/2021

Your gifts help make the Library what it is today, and ensure we are able to provide for the community into the future.

The Friends are dedicated to promoting the Eaton Rapids Area District Library, increasing public awareness, and encouraging community involvement through fundraising activities. Contact the Library if you are interested in becoming a Friend.

Link coming soon…

There is a spot for YOU at the Library! Please fill out the volunteer application and return or mail it to the library.

FAQ

In order to get a free three-year Library card you need to live (or own property) in the City of Eaton Rapids, Eaton Rapids Township or Hamlin Township (service area).

If you live outside our service area you may get a card, but there is a $45.00/year fee for a family card or a $25.00/year fee for a single card.

A family card allows each family member residing at the same address to receive their own card at no additional cost.

If you would like to see if your address is eligable for a free card please email us or give us a call at 517-663-0950, or visit us in person.

Visit the Eaton Rapids Area District Library with your photo ID to get a library Card during business hours.

We have ten public access computers, two scanners and free public WiFi throughout the building. You do not need a Library Card to access any of the in-building technology.

  • Books: We are a fine free Library. However, if an item is lost or damaged a replacement fee will be assessed.
  • New Release DVDs: $1.00 for a two-day checkout
  • Printer: The Library offers black at white printing from its public computers for $0.20 per page, or $0.40 per double sided page, and color printing for $0.25 per page, or $0.50 per double sided page. Patrons are responsible for using print preview to determine the number of pages in the file prior to printing. Patrons will be charged for all pages printed whether they take them or not.
  • Microfilm Machine: Printing from the microfilm machine is available at $0.20 per page.
  • Copier: Black and white copies can be made for $0.20 per page, or $0.40 for double sided pages.
  • Fax Machine: Faxes can be sent and received for $1.00 a page

Unfortunately, at this time printers are not available via the wireless connection.

Starting in December 2019, we will be offering free technology courses at the library. The first two courses are Security 101 and Print, Scanning & Email Basics.

As we move into 2020, more programs will be offered. Watch our events calendar for more information.