The Cromaine District Library has served the residents of the Hartland Consolidated School district and surrounding townships since it was built in 1927. It was donated to the schools by J. Robert Crouse and his uncle, Henry A. Tremaine, as the result of a $5,000.00 bequest from John B. Crouse, father of J. Robert Crouse. Tremaine and Crouse added $ 20,000.00 to the bequest to erect the Library which was named in honor of its donors.
The Hartland schools provided the land on which the library was built under the tenure of W. D. White, Superintendent of Schools. Crouse provided a nucleus of 1,225 books for the collection. The schools in turn agreed to maintain the building, to provide heat, light, janitor services and a half-time teacher-librarian. The building, a splendid example of early American Federalist architecture was designed by Professor Emil Lorch, Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Michigan.
Almost 70 years later, in November 1995, Cromaine became an independent district library, established under the District Library Establishment Act (MCL 397.171 et seq.) by Hartland Consolidated Schools and Hartland Township. It is funded by a voted millage of 1.6 mills. Cromaine Library has been and still is a valuable and vital resource to the Hartland community. The aim of the library is to provide services and a wide variety of media and materials to meet the informational, recreational and educational needs of all ages, individuals and groups.
1980 Library Addition
In 1978 the taxpayers of Hartland School District supported two referendums for a .3 mil library operational tax and a $950,000.00 bond issue for the construction of a 9,400 square foot library addition. May 17, 1979, was the Library's groundbreaking ceremony for the addition. The program, led by head librarian Sandra Scherba, was held at the site of the new addition, just north of the original building. On September 8, 1980, the library proudly opened the doors to its new addition welcoming the entire Hartland community to enjoy the new and remodeled facility. The dedication of the new building on November 23, 1980 was truly a gala occasion with over 200 people attending.
2005 Crossroads Branch Opens
In 2005, in response to the great growth of the Hartland area, the 3,400-square-foot Crossroads branch opened in Hartland Town Center on Old US-23, just south of M-59. The branch's specific service mission is convenience and popular materials. Here, there are lockers in the lobby which permit 24 hour/7 days per week pick-up of items held for patrons. Ten public computers with access to the Internet, a small meeting room, reading lounge, and children's area provide a pleasant place for quick respite. Wireless access is also available inside and outside the branch.