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Main Library
200 W. Washington Street
Bluffton, IN 46714
Ossian Branch Library
207 North Jefferson Street
Ossian, IN 46777

Library Hours

Bluffton Main Library
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday : 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday : 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Special Service Hours (AV Booking, Meeting Room Booking, Notary Service) Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ossian Branch Library
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday : 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Library Closings

  • Presidents’ Day
  • Easter Weekend - Friday and Saturday before Easter
  • Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday before Memorial Day & Memorial Day
  • *Independence Day - 5:00 p.m. July 3 through July 4
  • Labor Day Weekend – Saturday before Labor Day & Labor Day
  • Street Fair Week
    • Main – 5:00 p.m. Monday Closed Tuesday-Saturday
    • Ossian – Closed same times as the Main Library (this year only)
  • Thanksgiving - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
**Christmas - December 24 - 26
*New Year’s – 5:00 p.m. December 31 through January 1
* When Independence Day or New Year’s Day falls on Saturday, the library is closed Friday and Saturday. When Independence Day or New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, the library is closed Monday.
**When December 24, 25, or 26 falls on Sunday, the library is closed December 23 through December 26.
Staff In Service
The library will close for a half-day for staff in-service during a Friday in the spring, with the date to be determined by the director.
Weather Related Closings
In the event of hazardous weather conditions, the Library will use the Department of Homeland Security County Travel Status as a minimum guideline for weather related closings.  The Library may be closed in excess of these guidelines if staffing concerns warrant.
  • Yellow: ADVISORY - No change in operating hours
  • Orange: WATCH - Library will open 2 hours late and/or close 2 hours early
  • Re: WARNING - All library locations will close immediately
Closings and delays will be posted on the library website and sent to the media.  However, in inclement weather please call the Library before coming.
Other Emergencies
The library director may shorten library hours or close any or all library facilities due to other emergencies (power failure, flood, etc.).
The library may be closed for the staff to attend the funeral of an employee, spouse or child of an employee, or a board member at the discretion of the library director with the approval of the Library Board president.

Program Cancellations

If the following schools are cancelled, dismissed early, or call off evening activities due to weather, the library cancels programs for all ages. Two hour delays do not affect programs.

  • Main Library: Bluffton-Harrison Schools
  • Ossian Library: Northern Wells Community Schools