Linden Library

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Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Friday, Sunday: Closed

This library has an after-hours drop box.

Contact Information

Phone: (810) 735-7700
Fax: (810)776-8212
Address: 201 N Main St., Linden, MI 48451
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About the Library 

  • 3 computers available for public use 
  • Fax and copy service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • ​Excellent children’s collection and kids’ area


The Linden Library has been located in the historic Linden Mill since 1961. Built around 1850, the mill was the first structure in Genesee County to be placed on the national register of historic places[1]. The grist mill operated until 1956 and later was purchased by the Village of Linden (now city) for use as municipal offices and a future library. The library was previously located in the Linden Village Hall from 1941-1961 and in a school basement from 1937-1941.

The library was founded in 1937 by a group of citizens and run by a rotating volunteer staff until 1941 when Decola Jepson became the first librarian. In 1944 the library became associated with the recently formed Genesee County Library system (which provided the librarian’s salary and some books) while remaining otherwise independent. In 1961, shortly after moving into the mill, the library became a full member of the county system.

In 1979 Genesee County Library became Genesee District Library, an independent entity, when voters approved a .7 mill property assessment. In 1984, the Linden Library was the first GDL branch to go online.

Linden’s librarian is Brian Cutter who has worked for GDL since 2012. Previous librarians include Katie Badgley, John Ekleberry, Sue Misra, Hans Norbotten (now enjoying retirement and still occasionally wearing bow ties), Helen Yiannatji, Carol Day, Janice Bigelow and Decola Jepson.

1. Through the Years in Genesee: an Illustrated History (1985) by Alice Lethbridge