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Hastings Public Library, 227 E State St, Hastings, MI 49058

Phone: 269-945-4263

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  1. What is your out-of-district membership fee? I will be retiring soon and will have more time to use the library but do not live in your district.

    • Hastings Public Library is funded by taxes from the City of Hastings, Hastings Charter Township and Rutland Charter Township. Property owners and renters within this tax base can apply for a free card by showing a government issued photo ID bearing your current address. Children under 18 must bring a parent or guardian with valid ID to sign up for a card.

      If you do not live in the library’s service area, you may still apply for library cards for $100 per year or $25 for 3 months for your household.

  2. Hello, I am wondering why I cannot request a book? It tells me “request denied”. I owe NO library fines so i just do not understand.

    • For the most accurate answer, come in and see a librarian so we can assist you in this matter with your account number and the book title. Your title is probably a new title and your home library is not the owning library of that title yet. Books newer than 6 months can only be put on hold by the patrons of the library that owns that title. Our “New Shelves” are full with titles to tempt you while you are waiting on this other title to be ready for you.

  3. THANKS SO MUCH MS ALYSSA … FOR THE MESSAGE AND COMMUNICATION re the SNOW/ICE PRINCESS AND ICE SWORD and keeping the Galaxy safe … To MHAIRI for all her efforts :-) I wish I could’ve taped her reaction (incredible/memorable/priceless!) But couldn’t tape it because we were on the phone :-) THANKS AGAIN for your follow through & efforts and we’ll be in today!! Peace

    • This book is available from another library in the Lakeland Library Cooperative not the Hastings Public Library. You an view our collection as well as the Cooperative’s collection online at http://sam.llcoop.org/ or the link from our Homepage and you can request upto 15 books at any one time to be delivered to your home library.

    • Thanks for asking. We do not have a way to authenticate drivers licenses over the phone or online at this time, thus we need to see your smiling face in front of us here at the library in order to renew your library card. We need to keep our records up-to-date regarding people’s place of residents with respect to our service area, thus we update this data at the time of renewal.

  4. Hi, I am wondering if the library sale on Saturday is the same as last year? $2.00 a bag as full as you can get it, can you bring your own grocery bag like a green Family Fare bag?

    Thanks

    • Yes, we do have a story time appropriate for babies! It is our Mother Goose on the Loose Story Time that happens Tuesdays at 9:30 am in the Children’s Area.

  5. Expired library card. Can these be renewed online? I don’t see why they have an expiration date anyhow.. If an expiration date is necessary why not have it expire if not used at all within a year.
    Otherwise I love the library great staff and building and I love the eBook capability. :)

    • We do not have a way to authenticate drivers licenses over the phone or online at this time, thus we need to see your smiling face in order to renew your library card. We need to keep our records up to date regarding people’s place of residents with respect to our service area, thus we update this data at the time of renewal.
      So glad you love the library. We appreciate our patrons too.

    • Starting at the Hastings Public Library webpage, practice tests for GED are available through MEL.ORG link using your library card or Michigan ID #.
      On the MEL.org homepage, practice tests link shows on the left. That link will take you to LearningExpress Library and in the center bottom of the page there is a search area. If GED is entered in the search engine there are 2 pages of links to practice tests and GED preparation.

  6. I’m moving to Hastings around August this summer and I was wondering what to expect from this library. Is it open to all ages? Are the books that are available, suitable for all ages? And what are the hours? I’m just curious. I do expect to be there quite often.

    • Hi Alexis,

      We do welcome people of all ages. In order to be eligible for a library card from this library, you will need to reside in the City of Hastings, Hastings Township or Rutland Township. Hastings Public Library is part of the Lakeland Library Cooperative and MeL, so what that means for you is that you are able to order books in from other libraries when you don’t find them right here in our collection. We also have downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks. We have programs of all kinds for all ages as well. Poke around our website to learn more and we’ll look forward to meeting you in August.

      Mike

  7. Is there going to be a summer reading program for elementary age kids again this year? If so, where can I get the information for it?

    • Hi Bridgette,

      You can sign the kids up for summer reading Monday June 2. The first Wednesday program occurs at 2:00 pm Wednesday June 11. Presently you can get the details about those Wednesday programs on the events page of our website.

      Thank you for your interest!

      Mike

  8. Does Hastings Public Library have any local newspaper archives stored on cd or microfilm? I am looking for obituaries for geneology research.

    • Yes.
      We have microfilm of the following:
      Hastings Banner 1856-2006
      Nashville News – 1873-1969
      Hastings Herald – miscellaneous issues from 1896-1905, 1913
      These are available in our Michigan Room. The earlier editions are sometimes very difficult to read.

      We have the Hastings Banner on CD from 2007 – July of 2013
      These are available upon request.

  9. Dear Library Executive,

    I recently moved from Chicago and got job in Hastings. I was wondering if I will be able to avail library facility of Hastings. Also I am looking for a place to stay in Hastings.

    Thanks,
    Sushil Sharma

    • Library Cards

      Hastings Public Library is funded by taxes from the City of Hastings, Hastings Charter Township and Rutland Charter Township. Property owners and renters within this tax base can apply for a free card by showing a government issued photo ID bearing your current address. Children under 18 must bring a parent or guardian with valid ID to sign up for a card.

      If you do not live in the library’s service area, you may still apply for library cards for $100 per year or $25 for 3 months for your household.

  10. Many other libraries that my family has frequented have evening programs that focus on children’s books coming out. They are fun celebrations, reading of part of the book, crafts on the characters, games, mini plays, etc. Does Hastings hold events like this? They were very engaging for all of children (5-12) and really helped make reading fun.

  11. Hi, I just moved to Hastings and wanted to get a library card. I know it says if you rent you need to show your id with current address, but I don’t change my address for school purposes. I have bills/mail in my name with my Hastings address, would this be acceptable?

    • A patron must have a government issued photo ID to connect their face with their name. Then they must provide TWO legal documents with the person’s name and current address. This can be Auto registration, insurance document, rental agreement, tax bill, voter’s registration, court forms, government assistant forms, bank statement, medical insurance document, or similar. A patron must bring in mail addressed to them that is from an authoritative source consistent with verifying the person’s identity before issuing the document. If you have further questions give us a call at 269-945-4263.

  12. I have always loved the library. But I’d have to say that Hastings has the nicest people. Always ready to help with a smile. And they are absolutely wonderful with my ten year old daughter. It makes going to the library that much funner. Thank you all! . …. Sherry

  13. Is there a Lego Club that still meets at the library? I see way back there was a schedule for one, wondering if that still exists? Thank you!

    • Hi Jen,

      I apologize for the delay in our reply. Lego club is currently on hiatus as we look for a committed volunteer to run the program.

      Thanks for your question.

      Mike

    • Hi Susie,

      You can either resubscribe with your new email address by logging into your account online and submitting the new email address, or you can stop by one of the desks at the library and change it here.

      Let us know if you have any other questions.

      Mike

  14. I live in Castleton township but my children go to Hastings school. My question is how much does it cost for them to come rent books from you?

    • Hi Morrie,

      Thank you for the question. The fee for non-residents is $25 for three months. This will make all of the members of your household eligible for library cards.

      Take care,

      Mike

  15. how do i form a millennium account? I see where I would sign in, if I had an account, but I do not see where to start an account.

    thanks!

    • Sara,

      Thanks for writing. Here’s the information about how to pay fees on your library card.

      Fee Payment
      You can now pay any library charges online using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
      Here is how to get started:
      Log into your Millennium account.
      Select the amount in unpaid fines and bills.
      Select “PAY ONLINE”.
      Select the fines that you wish to pay, complete all of the relevant information and click submit.
      A confirmation page will appear next. You can print a copy of your receipt at this time and/or click OK. If you have a valid email address, receipt of payment will be sent to the address you entered in step 4.

  16. I saw you had an “unplugged” game night at the library recently. How was the turn out for this event? Does there seem to be further interest past this session?

    • Unplugged Game Night was a success! We had 34 in attendance and we will be scheduling events monthly. We would love to have you join us from 6 to 8 pm on September 10th & October 8th for our next 2 game nights. Also, September 24th visit our Community Room if you are interested in finding out about Dungeons & Dragons.

  17. COMPUTERS.are a real problem. Of the 12 computers, 2 are missing and less than half actually perform the way they should.. The mouse is dead on 1118. They all need regular maintenance and updating. There are so few working computers, there is often a wait to use one. We all work with low budgets, and the library should prioritize. Most people have books. Many cannot afford computers. This is a public facility and 100% of the computers should be working 100% of the time. No excuses.

    • I’ve read your comment. The library will continue to maintain 10 public computers for adults as our usage statistics show us that only 40% of the possible time available is actually being used now.
      While there are still some times when all computers are in use, the individual sessions certainly started at different times. You can log on to the reservations computer and create a reservation for the next available computer. The reservation list statistics show that a computer is available in the next 2-10 minutes overall.

      Thank you for sharing your concerns,

      Evelyn Holzwarth
      Library Administrator
      Hastings Public Library

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