Dickinson County Library Mission Statement - Updated 2017
The Dickinson County Library strives to enhance the quality of individual, family, and community life by providing information, materials, and services that are readily available and responsive to the needs of all our patrons. The library aspires to balance traditional, historical, entertaining, and modern library services provided at a reasonable cost. Paramount to the library is empowering our community, stimulating an interest in reading, cultivating a love of lifelong learning, and providing welcoming spaces where patrons can try new things to encourage everyone to achieve their personal, educational, and professional goals.
Directed Discussions: To support this mission, Library Director Megan Buck makes herself available to discuss anything about the library with the public at each of our branches every month!
It is the policy of the Dickinson County Library that all persons, except those incarcerated, consistent with the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), are entitled to the public records of the Dickinson County Library. The people shall be informed so that they can fully participate in the democratic process. The Dickinson County Library shall comply with State law in all respects and to respond to FOIA requests in a consistent, fair, and even-handed manner. To view the Dickinson County Library FOIA Procedures and Guidelines and the Written Public Summary of these procedures and guidelines, use the links below.
Dickinson County Library FOIA Procedures and Guidelines
Written Public Summary
History of the Dickinson County Library
Library service in Dickinson County dates back to the 1870’s, when a library was attached to the Pioneer School in Quinnesec. In 1901, Andrew Carnegie offered a grant to establish and erect a public library in Iron Mountain. The Carnegie grant was accompanied by a stipulation that the municipality assumes responsibility for the library’s continuing operation. The Carnegie Library was opened in 1902. In 1961, the Dickinson County Library was developed to provide library service to all residents of the county. In 1969, the Main Library building located at 401 Iron Mountain Street in Iron Mountain was open to the public.
The Norway Reading Room was the beginning of early library service in November 1933, located in the Fredeen Building on Main Street, Norway. The City of Norway then established a library in the City Hall in February 1934. Following the passage of the county-wide millage in 1961, the Norway Branch Library was moved next door to the Coast to Coast building from City Hall. It was destroyed by fire in February 1977. Planning for the new building started immediately. The City of Norway offered two lots on the corner of U.S.2 and Section Street, which had been willed to the city by Ellen and Lillian Solomonson. The new facility, named the Solomonson Branch Library-Norway opened for service at its current location on April 10, 1978.
In January 2004, the North Dickinson County Library Branch opened. The Branch is located in a room leased from the North Dickinson School in Felch and provides residents in northern Dickinson County full library service.
Dickinson County Library Customer Service Promise
The Dickinson County Library Staff has adopted a new Customer Serivce Promise. We are all very excited to offer the best customer service we can because we want you to LOVE YOUR LIBRARY!
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