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 60,000 items available for checkout, offers many programs for children and adults, and allows public use of its meeting and program spaces at no charge.
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.
Did You Know
- Patrons checked out over 158,000 items from the library in 2011, and 115,754 people visited the library for programs, collections, and use of computers.
- The library offers free use of its die-cut machine to cut out letters, numbers and many choices of shapes. For small fees, the library provides copy, fax, and laminating services.
- Certified as a Silver Level LEED building, the 2009-constructed library was designed with energy eficiency 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 solor reflctive value. Designers implemented a stormwater 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.