Matt Willis


Deputy Director of Operations

I’ve heard it said many times from residents and visitors alike – we have the best library around! It’s so true! I am deeply committed to not only ensuring that Willard Library maintains its unofficial status as the jewel of downtown Battle Creek, but that we also reach new heights of excellence.

My role in administration allows me to get at the big picture in terms of our planning, developing, and delivering top-notch library services. I consider the user experience first. Libraries are evolving and we need to stay relevant in order to realize beneficial outcomes for all.

I also strive to remove barriers, give support, and coordinate the schedules of our team of amazing librarians. It’s truly a joy to work with everyone here! There is a positive energy that we all share and we inspire each other to show up with integrity and kindness.

I began my career at Willard Library in the summer of 2002. I moved from the Detroit area, but now I really enjoy living in west Michigan. My interests outside of libraries include mindfulness meditation and running.