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Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library

Our Mission

Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library

The Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library is located at 302 E. Main Street, Belding, Michigan. The Belding Library is a Class III public library serving residents living within the City of Belding, Otisco Township, the north half of Keene Township and Orleans residents living in the Belding School District. The Belding Library is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative and participates in MEL interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing with the other member libraries.

The library's collection includes books, print materials for all levels of readers, as well as a variety of non-print materials and non-traditional library offerings. We also offer a selection of digital resources that are accessible with your valid library card. 

The Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library offers free public access to the Internet, in-house wi-fi connectivity, photocopying, scanning, and faxing services. We offer an extensive collection of family history and genealogy resources local to the Belding area. We offer programs and event for all ages throughout the entire calendar year. 

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to the Belding Library!

OUR MISSION

ANBL has a long and rich history as a cornerstone of the Belding community. Established 100 years ago, the library has served its patrons through times of prosperity and times of trial. It has grown along with the city, and has long provided a place of learning, safety, and resource for members of the community. ANBL is committed to providing quality services to people of all ages. We believe the library plays an important part in the health and development of our community, and hope that our offerings interest our patrons and add enrichment to their lives, encouraging lifelong curiosity, creativity, and learning. 

"ANBL: Connecting past, present, and future."

ANBL VALUES

Accessibility- We believe everyone deserves to have free and open access to information and our services.

Flexibility-We are open to modifying our methods and procedures in an effort to make things simple and convenient for our patrons. 

Friendliness-We want our patrons and visitors to feel comfortable and welcome at ANBL.

Honesty-We are open and transparent about library workings, and are happy to provide patrons and partners with information about the library.

Invention-We are always considering new ideas, new offerings, and new improvements.

Learning-Our staff is always making an effort to advance their own knowledge through personal exploration and professional training in an effort to improve patron service. 

Teamwork-Our staff works closely together to strengthen communication, improve internal processes, generate ideas, and accomplish tasks, all while having a common goal of great library service. 

Further, we believe that libraries

  • improve educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities
  • support life-long learning for people of all ages
  • promote literacy
  • bridge the digital divide
  • help people develop job skills and find employment
  • support the individual's right to information
  • are responsive to community needs
  • are cost effective information providers

The Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library is governed by a five member Board of Trustees.