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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library (734) 241-7878
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Ellis Library & Reference Center (734) 241-5277
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Rasey Memorial Branch Library (734) 848-4572
Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library (734) 279-1025
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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South Rockwood Branch Library
12776 Dixie Hwy. P.O. Box 47 S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 379-3333
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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History of the Bedford Branch Library

The first recorded library in Bedford was 1876 in the home of Joseph R. Rogers, Bedford Township Clerk.  It was located on Lewis Avenue close to the current Zeiler’s Farm Market.  The Library history continues as recorded in One Hundred Years of Library Service to Bedford Township by Charlotte Felsted and Marie D. Chulski Sowa (1981).  From the days of a rotating collection of 359 books, circulated from private homes, the Bedford Library has grown into a bustling branch housing over 100,000 items.  The Library Serves as a community center too – hosting a wide variety of programs offered free to the public.
 
In between these extremes, lies over 130 years of growth and development, the greatest portion of which occurred during the last 25 years.
 
Bedford’s library service in 1968 consisted of two separate crowded branches­, one in Temperance and one in Lambertville.  A group of interested citizens formed to study the existing libraries and develop a plan for expanding services to the community.  This Library Advisory Committee studied, toured other libraries, and planned for two years before offering a proposal for a new “centralized” library to replace the Temperance And Lambertville branches of the Monroe County Library System.  Funding was secured through a federal Library Services and Construction Act grant and the new 6,000 sq. ft. building was opened on April 28, 1974.  By 1985, it was evident that the Bedford Library was outgrowing the 1974 facility as well.
 
Plans began in earnest to double the public service space as well as renovate and insulate the existing library.  In August of 1986 a bond issue of $600,000 was passed by a margin of 2 to 1.  This renovated and expanded library was opened in May, 1988, more than doubling the total square footage (to about 14,000 sq. ft.).
 
Opening in May of 1988, the expanded Bedford Branch was an immediate and ongoing success.  Information and entertainment became available in new formats such as the videotape and audio book.  By the mid-1990s, information and entertainment-based videos and cassettes accounted for 1/3 of Bedford’s circulation and the introduction of computer stations in the library created an even busier branch library.  Community events such as Bedford Township’s Christmas Tree Lighting, Arts For Our Future Art Show, and Bedford’s Herb Day and Garden tours became annual events at the Library, ­just a few examples of the Library’s commitment to partnering with community groups/organizations.
 
In 2002, the community again found the Bedford Library “at capacity”, often filled to the brim with patrons of all ages.  Study tables and casual seating areas were often unavailable.  Space was limited for programming as study tables and additional bookshelves purchased over the years had used up all of the open floor space.  The Local History and Reference room had no space to house additional resources and materials.  Circulating books and other materials, filled the regular shelves as well.  Demand for computers for up-to-the minute research, to access the Internet, check e-mail. Or for word processing was ever increasing.  DVDs became another “instant hit” at the Library, vying for already limited space on the shelves.  Reading initiatives, both on the local and national level, brought even more traffic into the library.
 
In August of 2002, Bedford residents approved a 3/4mill levy proposal which again would double the size of the Bedford Branch.  Responding to community surveys  public demand, and taking advantage of information gleaned from an architectural study, the new 15,000 square feet combined with the existing 14,000 square feet Bedford Branch Library, provided additional study space and a community room. The renovation also expanded the storytime and youth area, and created more room for computers, shelving, and a larger local history room.
 
The renovated and expanded facility opened in December 2004 to rave reviews. Bedford quickly became and remains Monroe County’s busiest branch library.  Use of the facility in its first year of operation saw circulation increase more that 30 percent, and it has continued to hold at around 300,000 items circulating per year.  The addition in 2010 of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks increased circulation further. Programs and meetings held in the library continue to bring new community members in.  During 2012 community groups and organizations using the meeting rooms totaled over 12,000 people, and nearly 11,000 people attended library programs at the Bedford Branch Library. Public computer usage for 2012 was 50,589, with countless additional people using their own devices with our free wi-fi.
 
We’ve come a long way in 130+ years.
 
Mr. Ansted would be proud.