Allegan District Library :
incorporated and the village officials voted $25
for a library to be housed in the township
clerks office. It consisted of 200 volumes.
The library has been housed in the Masonic Temple
for 3 ½ years and had increased to 4700 volumes
and 2000 card holders
The library bought 340 new books for $261.28 at
an average cost per volume of 77 cents. There
were now 5,401 volumes available. The City tax of
½ mill was $878.21. Allegan Township
appropriated $325.00 of the librarys income
is closed 14 days for quarantine because of
Lenora Porter received a $10,000 pledge from the
Carnegie Library Commission to build a Carnegie
The present Carnegie Library building was
formally opened on Hubbard Street. The total cost
The library circulated 31,822 books for an
average of 6 ½ books per person. It housed 10,404
A set of Britannica Encyclopedias were
purchased for $148.52.
The book budget was $2,100. A best
seller cost $4.50 - $5.00.
The library bought 1,926 books for $7,319.
Circulation set a new high at 33,646 items.
Librarian Barbara Hanson was instrumental in the
library expansion that resulted in the present
addition. The size of the building was almost
The free loan of video cassettes was introduced
as a new service.
Librarian Donna Roop saw to the introduction of
our first library computer system for circulation
control and on-line catalog of holdings. We had
entered the technological age! A new record high
of 71,013 items were circulated.
The book budget was $16,000 and a best
seller cost $16.95-$27.50. The collection
grew to 62,903 items.
A library millage passed increasing revenues by
½ mill for a total library millage of 1 ½ mill.
Director Ann Perrigo oversees the remodeling of
the library .
New wiring was installed to accomodate more
computer terminals, the paper (card) catalog was
removed, new carpeting installed and a "tree"
was added to the children's room.
After closing for three months, the library
reopens in May.
The number of hours the library is open to serve
the public increases.
receives four new computers (complete with
Microsoft software), a content server and laser
printer from the Bill & Melinda Gates
adds a Dedicated Genealogy computer and a flatbed
loan of DVDs was introduced as a new service.
loan of Books on CD was introduced as a new
renovates the Carnegie Meeting Room. New carpets
are installed and wood blinds are added.
installs a wireless router and introduces free wi-fi
to the public.
receives six new computers from the Bill &
Melinda Gates foundation and purchases three
additional computers to replace aging computers.
staff work area undergoes remodeling.
On September 26, 2008, The Allegan Public Library
is abolished and The Allegan District Library is
On June 30,
2009 The Allegan District Library became a self-governing
entity with the new District Library Board
election held in the spring and installation of
new board held on July 20th.
Last modified February 02, 2010