The Hackley Public Library is dedicated to 1) promoting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, 2) combating ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, 3) promoting the free exchange of ideas, and 4) conserving our national and local cultural heritage.


The mission of the Hackley Public Library is to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community by providing information, knowledge, literature, new technologies, and traditional and innovative programs. 


The Building of Character Campaign!


Since 2000, the number of patron visits to the Hackley Public Library has increased nearly 300%. Additionally, circulation of items has nearly tripled. Unfortunately, as demand for our services has increased, our aging building is showing significant signs of wear and tear. Our 120 year old library—a 27,214 sq. ft. facility that has been declared a Michigan historical site—is in need of renovations and repairs.

Please join us in supporting the Building of Character campaign.


Together, we can ensure that our community has a library that will meet the needs of our next generation.



There are books and a lot more at Hackley Public Library, including:

  • Research Help
  • Reader's Advisory
  • Telephone Help Line: 231-722-8011
  • Email Reference
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Hold Service
  • Internet Access (16 public access computers on the main floor, 4 in the Children's Department)
  • Computers and Printers
  • Copiers
  • Fax Service
  • Federal Tax Forms, Michigan Tax Forms
  • Muskegon Organizations List
  • Genealogy Department
  • Literacy Tutoring Meeting Place
  • Tours
  • Book Discussion Groups
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Large Print Books
  • Program space for Clubs and Groups
  • Community Arts Calendar
  • Children's Programs
  • Story Times
  • Basic Computer Classes for Adults
  • Author Visits and Adult Programs
  • Downloadable ebooks and eaudio books
  • DVDS-CDs--Videotapes
  • Free High-speed Wireless
  • Home Access to Subscription Databases

Short History

The Library opened in 1890. The building, listed on the Michigan Register of Historic Places, was a gift from lumber baron Charles Hackley to the City of Muskegon Public Schools.



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316 W Webster Ave. -- Muskegon, MI, 49440 --  231-722-8000

Circulation Ext: 8000, Reference Ext: 8011, Tech Ext: 8012, Youth Services Ext: 8014, Local History Ext: 8016