About Us

The downtown library is located at 244 West Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI 49201.

In 1901 Andrew Carnegie donated $70,000 for the construction of a library building in the city of Jackson. The Carnegie building became the main branch for the newly created district in 1978. In 1981, with a bequest from Mrs. Mable MinterVan Orman, a circular structure was built at the rear of the library. This added an elevator, history room, back lobby and a children's storytelling room. The Carnegie building was designated a State Historical site in 1979 and a National Historical site in 1980.

We operate 13 locations in Jackson County. You are encouraged to take full advantage of the collections, programs and services offered by the library. The staff is here to serve you. Please feel free to ask them questions.

In addition to the library services and collections, the library has numerous programs offered at all of the branches throughout the year. These programs cover a wide range of interests and ages. Most programs and services are provided by the library free of charge.

Mission Statement: Inspiring our community to discover, learn and succeed.

For general Information please call: 517-788-4087