Central Library has free rapid COVID-19 test kits available on the first floor.
1 box (each box has two rapid tests) per individual or 5 per household. First come first served — no reserving or picking up for others.

About the Library

Serving Kalamazoo Since 1872


Organized in 1860 and opened to the general public in 1872, Kalamazoo Public Library now serves a district population of 124,000 through five locations plus multiple outreach ventures. Many Southwest Michigan residents use Kalamazoo Public Library through reciprocal agreements with neighboring libraries.


Services

The library offers an extensive collection of books, movies, and music, year-round programming for all ages, ONEplace—a management support center for nonprofits, a Local History Room featuring a vibrant website and local information database, the County Law Library, and more. Dozens of public computers and wi-fi offer high-speed access to the Internet.


Awards

Kalamazoo Public Library has received nationwide recognition for its innovative services and dedicated community support. In 2002, Kalamazoo Public Library was awarded the prestigious National Library of the Year award by Library Journal. More recently, KPL received a 2011 State History Award for the Local History section of its website, was honored in 2012 with a Michigan State Librarian’s Citation of Excellence Award, and received an Award of Merit from the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission in 2017.


Funding

Property tax revenues, collected through the authority of two voter-approved millages, fund about 94% of the library’s budget. Kalamazoo voters have a long history of supporting their library.


Requests for Proposals

Below is a list of current library RFPs with timelines. If you have further questions, please email [email protected].

  • RFP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer–Contracted
    RFP Release Date  April 13, 2022
    Deadline to submit written questions April 22, 2022, by 4 P.M. EST. Questions responded to by April 27, 2022, at 4 P.M. EST. in the form of an addendum.
    Proposal Due Date  May 16, 2022, by 12 P.M. EST.
    Interviews June 6–10
    Contract Awarded June 27

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