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Hastings Public Library

About Us

The Hastings Public Library is located in downtown Hastings, MI next to City Hall. We directly serve residents of the City of Hastings, Hastings Charter Township and Rutland Township.

Our Vision

We envision a literate society where people use information and knowledge to enrich their lives.

Our Mission

Hastings Public Library is a gathering place connecting people with resources and opportunities to explore, imagine, and grow.

What We Offer

The library holds more than 30,000 books, audiobooks, movies and more. We also offer a Digital Collection with tens of thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, magazines and more through multiple digital services including Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla. See the Digital Collection page for more information.

As part of the Lakeland Library Cooperative we also have access to materials from over 40 other libraries in Western Michigan. Additionally, through MeL, the Michigan electronic library, we can access physical materials from over 400 libraries across the state plus eBooks, magazines, homework aids, how-to manuals, learning aids and more.

Mobile App

Try out our mobile app to manage your account, request items and check out materials yourself.

Other Services

  • Wireless printing with Princh
  • Faxing (sending and receiving)
  • Public Copier (black & white; staff can make color copies)
  • Public Computers (children's, teens and adults)
  • Free WiFi access both inside and outside the building
  • Free online databases for library patrons through
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Library of Things (non-traditional items like metal detectors and sewing machines)

Check Out and Return

Anyone with a valid library card from the Hastings Public Library, Lakeland Library Cooperative library, KDL or GRPL card can check out materials. See the How Do I Get a Library Card page for more information.

Patrons outside the Hastings Public Library service area, and without another valid Lakeland Library Cooperative card, can purchase a non-resident library card.

Checkout Time-frames

  • Books, audiobooks, CDs: 3 weeks
  • DVDs & magazines: 1 week
  • Library of Things: 1 or 3 weeks depending on the item
  • MeL Books: 28 days

All materials will automatically renew 3 days ahead of their due date if no other patrons have a HOLD request for the item. Items will renew twice, at which point they need to be returned. MeL items can only be renewed once.

Returning Items

Drive-thru Book and Audio/Visual returns are on the West side of the building facing City Hall. Items returned after hours will be checked in on the next business day. Additional return bins are located inside the library adjacent to the main desk.
Materials can also be returned to any Lakeland Library Cooperative library if needed. KDL will also accept returns of Hastings Public Library items.


Click links where available to email staff directly.

  • Peggy Hemerling – Library Director
  • Diane Hawkins – Assistant Director
  • Paige Brandli – Youth Services Librarian
  • Barbara Haywood – Marketing & Adult Programming
  • David Edelman – Circulation Supervisor
  • Marty Byington – Processing Supervisor
  • Emily Hayward - Teen & Library Assistant
  • Emily Reed – Local History & Library Assistant
  • Celeste Dyehouse – Library Assistant
  • Angela Ledesma – Marketing & Library Assistant
  • Megan Gould – Library Assistant
  • Tammy Wilde – Library Assistant
  • Reg Howard - Maintenance & Custodian

Copyright Notice


The Copyright Law of 1976 (United States Code, Title 17) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction [including that made by electronic transmission of reserve material] for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

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Location & Hours

Main Branch
Hastings Public Library
227 E. State St., Hastings, MI 49058

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Phone: 269-945-4263
Fax: 269-948-3874

Library & Drive-thru Hours (effective June 14, 2021):

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 3pm
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