Library History

1960   The Novi Public Library opens in a former bank building on Novi Road near Grand River with approximately 150 donated books.  Novi resident, Dorothy Paquette, spent countless hours cataloging the donations and setting up the Library.  About 7,500 items circulated the first year the Library was open.
1963 The Library became self-supporting when voters approved a one-half mill to support it.  Dorothy Flattery became the head Librarian.
1964   The Library got an addition that doubled its space.
1968   Novi Public Library joined Wayne County (later Wayne Oakland) Library Federation.
1969   Village of Novi becomes a city.
1975   Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new library building on seven acres of land on Ten Mile near Taft, it's present location. 
1976   The 23,190 square foot Library opens, operating with an independent one mill.
1978   The East side of the building is leased to the City, for administrative offices, for a cost of $1.00 a year.
1985   Head librarian Dorothy Flattery retired after 22 years of service.
1986   Old Novi Town Hall is relocated to Library property.
1987   New Novi Civic Center opened next to the Library, the City offices were then moved into the new building.
1988   Novi Public Library began an expansion project on the east wing.
1989   On April 22, 1989 the "Dorothy Flattery Wing" of the Library is dedicated.
1990   The Library hours increase with the addition of Sunday hours from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
1991   Library goes "online" for circulation transactions.
1992   Computerized card catalog was introduced for public use.
The Novi Public Library received Number One ranking in a Novi News survey of city services.
1995   Online "shared" catalog adopted; users can access holdings of 50+ libraries.
1996   Annual circulation statistics reach 300,000 items.  Public access Internet stations were installed in the Library.
1998   Six "Kids Net" (currently CyberZone) stations were added to provide Internet access for children.
2002   Novi Public Library becomes part of MiLE, Michigan Library Exchange, Michigan's largest virtual catalog.
Library added two computer stations with word processing capabilities.
2003   The millage was rolled back to .78 of a mill.
Debut of the Novi Public Library's redesigned website and new logo. 
2004   The Charles and Myrtle Walker family has lived in Novi for nearly 30 years.  The Walkers believe that the time has come for a larger library.  They have donated $1 million to start a Library Building Fund.  Following their generous donation the Library is renamed the "Charles and Myrtle Walker Public Library of Novi."
2008   Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Library. 
2010   Exterior of New LibraryGrand Opening of new library building on June 1, 2010