555 N. Maple Rd.
Saline, MI 48176
The recently-expanded Saline District Library is a 33,000 sq. ft. building set on 14 wooded acres in the heart of Saline. Many windows provide wonderful views, and a nature trail leads visitors across a bridge and through the woods.
The library houses over 95,000 items, including books, large print books, DVDs, videos, music CDs, CD-ROMs, audiobooks [tape, CD and Playaways], newspapers, and magazines. Downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, and music are available online. Internet access and online databases provide patrons with the most current information available and programming, including story hours, book discussion groups, summer reading programs, craft workshops, lectures and more, is offered for all ages.
Meeting rooms are available for non-profit community groups and three study rooms are available for quiet study and small group meetings of up to 4 attendees.
A Saline History room provides various local and Michigan history sources, as well as a microfilm reader/printer and microfilm reels of back issues of The Saline Reporter newspaper. This area also contains two display cases of Bixby marionettes. The Bixby family lived in Saline for more than 100 years, and Meredith Bixby toured the South and Midwest for more than 40 years, showcasing his handcrafted puppets in 20,000 performances in schools, theaters and community centers.
Local art is displayed throughout the building. Exhibits change on a regular schedule.
The Saline District Library has had an active recycling program for many years, collecting items ranging from magazines and newspapers to paperback books and cardboard. Packaging materials are separated and given to a local packaging store for reuse, colored paper is saved and used in craft activities during story times and almost 300 fluorescent tubes were recycled last year. In addition, the library paid to recycle 114 CDs, 309 floppy disks, and 56 cassette tapes. The use of paper among staff is limited by the increased usage of e-mail, message routing and a central bulletin board. When the new library site was built and furnished, shelving from the previous library building was rebuilt and utilized and outdated equipment was given away to a library in South Carolina. All library tables were resurfaced and also reused in the new facility.