Willard Library serves residents around Battle Creek, MI. Established in 1840, it is one of the oldest libraries in Michigan. With two locations, the library is a valuable resource for residents offering books, a vast digital collection including audio books, e-books, DVDs, music, magazines, movies, and TV shows in a variety of formats. The library circulates more than 1 million items a year and has librarians skilled in local resources and all aspects of reading for pleasure and research. The downtown library, 7 W. Van Buren Street, and the Helen Warner Branch, located at 36 Minges Creek Place, have dozens of computers available for public use. The Children’s Room and Teen Room feature weekly activities for all ages. The library offers local history archives, an extensive historical newspaper collection, and information helpful in researching genealogy.


Willard Library is organized as a District Library under Michigan Public Act 24 of 1989. The boundary of the Willard Library District follows the boundaries of the four local school districts -- Battle Creek, Harper Creek, Lakeview and Pennfield.


The library is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the school boards in the Battle Creek, Harper Creek, Lakeview, and Pennfield districts. The members include:


  • James Keefer, president (Harper Creek)
  • Karen Todd, vice president (Battle Creek)
  • Bob Ward, treasurer (Lakeview)
  • Kathleen Baker, secretary (Battle Creek)
  • Michelle Herzing, trustee (Pennfield)


Mission Statement

Willard Library, a community service for the greater Battle Creek area, continues to be a resource for information, lifelong learning, and recreation. Our commitment is to acquire and provide access to information and materials for a diverse population in an environment which recognizes all levels of learning.