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Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
Ray Bradbury

Library Millage Information Meeting
April 27, 2017   6:30 p.m. in the SHML Community Room

Meet with Library Director Jim France to learn about the millage
proposal to be decided on May 2.

Advocacy Alert! Federal Budget Proposal will affect your library.
MeL Funding Endangered
Please Contact Your Congressperson ASAP

If you care about libraries or if you depend on your library for accurate information, we need your help TODAY:  MeL (Michigan eLibrary) stands to lose 70%  of its funding under the current federal budget proposal.

The Michigan Department of Education, Library of Michigan, has a line item in the Michigan budget for the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) and for the past several years has received $1.7 million for its support. Federal funding from IMLS is about $4.3 million for a total expenditure of $6 million. Without the federal money, the Library of Michigan would have to eliminate databases, possibly make changes to MeL or MeLCat or find additional funding to support the programs. 

READ MORE on the Michigan Library Association’s website.
CONTACT your Congressperson ASAP

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Over the years, the role of the South Haven Memorial Library has changed, becoming not just a place to discover new books, but also a place to gather as a community. While the role of the library has changed, the building itself hasn’t caught up. The aging structure is in need of facility improvements and expansions to allow for new uses. The renovation will improve, among other things:
  • ADA Accessibility
  • Access to technology
  • Community meeting space  
To fund the expansion, voters are asked to consider a millage on May 2, 2017.
City of South Haven ballot proposal                      South Haven Charter Township ballot proposal
How to obtain an absentee ballot.

Interior layout

Herald Palladium: SH OKs library ballot measure in May to pay for expansion

Background information that originally appeared in the City of South Haven 1-16-17 meeting packet.

Direct all questions to Library Director Jim France.
Would you like a tour? Please schedule one with the director.
Photography Display
April 2017
White Iris Photography by Ruth E. Wolf, nature photographer, is now on display in the SHML Community Room.

Special Saturday Storytime!

Welcome to the South Haven Memorial Library!
We are located in beautiful downtown South Haven, Michigan.
We proudly offer over 54,000 materials including books, audiobooks, and magazines. We also offer downloadable media through our OverDrive program, daily newspapers, free wireless internet, a community room for public use, children's programs, and much more!  
View our Calendar to see our latest programs.

Tuesdays Are Storytime Day!
For children and an accompanying adult. Join Miss Doni for stories, songs & crafts!
11 a.m. in the SHML Community Room.
Please park in the lower (larger) parking lot.


    Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.