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Library History

Carnegie Hatfield LibraryIn 1905, Sault Sainte Marie opened their first library, Carnegie Public Library, which was built with grant money from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. It was located on Armory Place, where the original building is now occupied by the Intermediate School District offices. In 1940 an addition was added to the library. By 1975 the library outgrew the Carnegie building and a new library was built with money bequeathed by Joseph and Estelle Bayliss.

The Carnegie Library closed its doors on February 21, 1975 and the Bayliss Public Library opened on February 28, 1975 at its present location on the corner of Court and Dawson Streets. At that time the street in front of the library, known locally as the Peck Street Extension, was renamed "Library Drive." Over 52,000 volumes were moved from the Carnegie Library by locally owned Weir Moving and Storage.

The Library Today

Bayliss Public LibraryBayliss Public Library provides books (in regular, large print, and audio formats), magazines, newspapers, movies, music, CD-ROMs, microfilm, genealogical resources, inter-library loans, computer access, and wireless Internet access. The Augusta Hursley Seal Children’s Room offers children’s books, magazines, music, puzzles, toys, story time and other special programming, along with the use of children’s computers.

The library is governed by a five member Board of Trustees who are appointed by the City Commission for 5-year terms. The Board meetings are open to the public. Please call to find out when the Board meets.

Bayliss Public Library also serves as the headquarters of the Hiawathaland Library Cooperative, a state funded agency that serves libraries in Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, and Schoolcraft counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Operating funds for Bayliss Public Library come from local municipal appropriations, penal fine monies, state aid, and private donations.


Read more about the history of Bayliss Public Library in From Carnegie to Bayliss: The First Hundred Years of Sault Ste. Marie's Public Library, by local author and researcher Bernie Arbic. Available for sale from the Bayliss Public Library for $8 plus shipping. Available for purchase at the Circulation Desk, or email bayref@uproc.lib.mi.us. A library copy is also available for circulation.

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