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The Bruce Area Public Library started in1985 in a corner of the Bruce Historical Society Museum as an experiment to see if the community would use a local library.  By the end of the summer of 1985 it was necessary to find a larger location and the move was made to the American Legion Building.  In 1988 the Library became recognized by the state with a paid certified librarian. In 1989 an agreement was signed by the Library, the Village of Bruce and the towns of Atlanta, Thornapple and Stubbs to form a joint library.  The Library continued to grow until there was no room to expand and the need for a larger space that was both handicap assessable and usable became a necessity.   Finally the Village of Bruce decided to build a new village hall with an area for the Library that was about four times the size of the American Legion Building.  The Library moved to its present location and opened the doors on February 12, 2003. We now had room for Internet Computers and thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the Library started to offer Internet access to our patrons.  2004 started with Thornapple leaving our joint library agreement and ended with the Library being part of a two county library automation that was called BCLIC.  With the Internet access and our automation and courier system the Library was busier than ever.  In 2005 the Library officially dropped the Public from the library name. Then in 2008 the libraries that had been part of BCLIC all joined the MORE system and dissolved the BCLIC automated system.  The Bruce Area Library now had access to libraries that covered ten counties and growth continues.

 

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