Inspiration through Information
White Lake Township Library

White Lake Township Library

Our Vision and Mission

Vision Statement
Inspiration through Information

Mission Statement
The White Lake Township Library is committed to providing informational, educational, cultural and recreational resources in a welcoming environment that offer the opportunity for the community to gather and grow, leading to enrichment, enjoyment, knowledge, and lifelong learning.


2022 in Review

2022 Library year in review graphic, text below

47,608 Visits to the library

7,409 People signed onto

9,331 Cardholders
3,056 New this year

12,536 Reference questions answered

151,052 Items checked out

42,292 Audio and eBooks borrowed online

933,461 Minutes read
during Summer Reading

18,477 Items shared with other libraries

87,618 Items are in the collection

20,299 New items were added

6,852 People attended
312 programs

6,005 People used the public computers

253 Items shared through MeL

27,836 People visited the library website 1,323 People used the
study rooms

Our History


Library History Timeline

White Lake Township Library Timeline

  • 1975 - A resolution is adopted at the April 5, 1975 annual meeting of the Electors of White Lake Township, establishing "a free public library in accordance with Act 164, P.A. 1877." The six -member provisional library board is appointed on May 20, 1975 and the permanent board is elected shortly thereafter.
  • 1980 - The township voters provide permanent support for the library by approving an operating millage of 0.3 mil in property taxes.
  • 1981 - The White Lake Community Hall becomes the first home of the White Lake Library in March of 1981. At the time, the library consists of about 4,000 donated books, half fiction and half non-fiction. The library begins lending books that June. As the ever -growing community requires more space, the library eventually moves to Brooks Elementary.
  • 1985 - Construction begins in the spring of 1985 on a new building for the library at 7527 E. Highland Rd. 
  • 2001 - The Highland Road building is renovated, including a 7,000 sq. ft. expansion of the upper floor and the addition of a lower floor.
  • 2008 - During the economic downturn, the library serves, more than ever, as an essential piece of the community. From 2008 -2010, visitor count rises by 41% as people use the library to job search and to save money by enjoying library materials, services and programs.
  • 2015-2016 - White Lake Township continues to grow to over 30,000 residents, and the library once again finds itself faced with a demand for more space. The library board appoints an exploratory committee for a new library. The building steering committee is formed and begins the work toward building the new library.
  • 2016 - In August the White Lake Township Library Board moves forward with a proposal for a new library building. The proposal goes before the voters and is passed.
  • 2018 - Groundbreaking for the new building commences May 2 with site work beginning later that month.
  • 2019 - Grand opening for the new 28,000 sq. ft. building is held June 6, 2019.

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