NOTICE: Central Library will close at 4 pm on Friday, October 7, and will reopen at 5 pm for our 150th Anniversary celebration. Please note library services will NOT be available after 4 pm.

Happy Birthday KPL!

Celebrate Kalamazoo Public Library’s 150th Anniversary

graphic of the architectural drawing of KPL and text 150th Anniversary

This October, KPL will celebrate 150 years of service to the Kalamazoo Community! Take a trip back in time and learn about the impact the Library has had on the neighborhoods they serve. Join us for a series of fun programs and events, hear stories from patrons and KPL staff over the years, and participate in opportunities to discuss the services KPL should offer in the future.

Visit this page beginning September 1 for more information.

What’s Your Library Story?

Kalamazoo Public Library has been an important source for information and a pillar of the community for generations.

Do you have a special memory or a fun story about your family visiting the library? How has Kalamazoo Public Library impacted your life? Do you have photos of the library buildings or events?

Celebrate Kalamazoo Public Library’s 150th Anniversary in October 2022 by sharing your library story.

Share your photos!

Use the form below to upload photos of you and your family enjoying the library. Contact us if you need help scanning older photos, snapshots, documents, or home movies.

If your video, story, and/or photos are selected to be included in our 150th Anniversary celebration campaign, you will be contacted for your permission.

Share your story!

Use the form below to write, record, or upload a video of your library story.

Be part of Kalamazoo history!

Questions? Please Contact Us.

  • Please tell your story in as much detail as possible.
  • To upload multiple files, compress them into a single ZIP archive. If your file is larger than 25MB, please upload it to a file-sharing platform such as Google Drive or Dropbox and link to it in the Tell Your Story field.
    Accepted file types: zip, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, odt.
  • Provide a title for your photo. Ex.: “Smith family visits KPL children’s room, 1985.”
  • By submitting this form you hereby give permission for any images, video, or audio captured during the Kalamazoo Public Libraries 150th Anniversary Celebration, to be used solely for the purposes of the Kalamazoo Public Libraries promotional material and publications, and waive any rights of compensation or ownership.

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