Public library service in the Grand Haven area owes much to the generosity of what would become Grand Haven Area Public Schools. In 1870, Central School was erected on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Sixth Street. The library was situated on the second floor and by 1891 contained 2,300 volumes, including the books from the Grand Haven Library Association. The library was open to the public Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Today, Grand Haven Area Public Schools has a representative on our Board of Trustees and has provided our IT service for 8 years. For over 20 years, first grade classes have taken field trips to Loutit to learn about the library and celebrate reading! Additionally, GHAPS has invited us to visit area schools to promote the Summer Reading Club and connect students with special Loutit Student library cards. Our long standing partnership is a vital tool in serving and meeting the needs of area families.