Our Story

The Dowagiac Library has been serving the community since its founding in 1904. Since its reincorporation as a district library in 2004, the Dowagiac District Library has provided service to the neighboring Silver Creek, Keeler, Wayne and Bainbridge townships.

Our Mission

The Dowagiac District Library provides a welcoming and safe environment in our community for all people to learn, to explore, to create, to interact. Our library provides access to ideas, information, experiences and resources for life-long learning. Our goal is to enrich people's lives by preserving the past, promoting the present, and embracing the future.

What We Do

While you can find thousands of books at our library, you can also find movies, newspapers, public computers, wi-fi, special events, educational kits and more. We provide every service here at the Dowagiac District Library at no cost to the public.


Open hours:

Monday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Who We Are

The Dowagiac District Library is staffed by 9 employees and is overseen by a board of 6 that meet once per month. For a full board roster, click here.  For current and past minutes of the Library Board meetings, click here.

How Do I Get Involved?

Just come on in! We've got heat in the winter and AC in the summer! To take anything home, you'll need a library card, and that's free with a picture ID.  Reciprocal borrowing agreements make it possible for Dowagiac District's library card holders to use the services of the Cass District, Van Buren District, Watervliet and Hartford Public Libraries.  Non-residents may purchase a library card for $5.00.

Other Questions?

Feel free to contact the library director, Matthew Weston, at mweston@dowagiacdl.org with any questions you might have. Thanks!