Local History Branch
Branch closed for restoration work. Please visit the Main Branch to utilize most of the collections regularly found at the Local History Branch. The temporary location is staffed during the hours listed below.
145 N Broadway (CLOSED)
Cassopolis, MI 49031
Limited Branch Hours (Located inside of the Main Branch during construction)
Monday – Friday| 9am – 6pm
Saturday | 9am – 3pm
Sunday | Closed
Branch Manager Jon Wuepper
The Village of Cassopolis is one of 53 Michigan communities to receive funds from Andrew Carnegie for a public library. The building that now houses Cass District Library’s Local History Branch was completed in 1909 as the home of the LaGrange Township Library. LaGrange Township operated the library for more than eighty years. Between 1947 and 1957, the basement served as the home of the Cass County Library. The LaGrange Township Library closed its doors in 1993 when it merged with the Cass County Library. In October 1994, it reopened as Cass District Library’s Local History Branch. The collection is a favorite among those researching Cass County, Michigan, history and genealogy.
At the February 19th, 2020 Library Board meeting, Library Trustees unanimously accepted a bid from D. Layman Construction to finish the remaining restoration work on the historic building. D. Layman Construction was first contracted by the library in 2017 to restore the building’s windows. The work to be completed during this project includes renovation of the main floor bathroom, refinishing of the original hardwood floors and original wood desks, tables, and chairs, and repair and replacement of the plaster walls and ceiling. This important work will preserve the historical integrity of the branch and ensure its survival for decades to come.