Library History

2016   3D PrinterA 3D printer is available for patron use. The printer’s purpose is to provide access to emerging technology that encourages the design and creation of innovative objects.
2014   Historical Commission MembersThe Novi Historical Commission designed eight markers commemorating areas in the city which preserve the historic landscapes associated with the automobile. The legendary Novi Special racecar, located at the library, stood out at its first Indianapolis 500 race in 1941 with its 450 horsepower engine.
2013   Read BoxThe first Read Box debuted at Lakeshore Park. The goal is to encourage reading during the summer months.
2013   Annual circulation statistics reach 800,000 items.
2012   Unveiled the Business Resource Center which is a “one-stop-shop” for information on how to start or expand your business. This great resource also includes mentorships from the Senior Corp of Retired Professionals (SCORE).
2012   Chamber of Commerce AwardThe Novi Chamber of Commerce Recognition Award for Customer Service Excellence is given to businesses that demonstrate a commitment to meeting their customers’ needs. The library demonstrates the ability to interact effectively with patrons from diverse cultural backgrounds and a passion for quality customer service that runs through the entire staff.
Julie Farkas, Director of Novi Public Library said, "It is both an honor and privilege to receive the State Librarian's Excellence Award. Our library works hard every day to be a destination place and information gateway for its community. Being honored with this award validates that the services, resources and programs we are providing is making a positive impact on our great community."
                                                                                 Library of the Year Award     Library of the Year Banner
2011   ICMA Voice of the People AwardThe Washington-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced Novi was a recipient of its Voice of the People Award for Transformation. The awards are given to communities in recognition of their use of citizen surveys to make significant improvements in service quality.
2010   In a National Citizen Survey, the library received an impressive positive rating for superior customer service and general services from 94% of the city’s residents.
2010   Grand Opening of new library building on June 1, 2010
A Gem in Our Community – providing the resources and programs to support the educational, cultural, informational and recreational needs of our diverse community.
                                      Library Exterior        Grand Opening Plaque
2008   Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Library. 
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."
2003   The millage was rolled back to .78 of a mill.
Debut of the Novi Public Library's redesigned website and new logo. 
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.
1998   Six "Kids Net" (currently CyberZone) stations were added to provide Internet access for children.
1996   Annual circulation statistics reach 300,000 items.  Public access Internet stations were installed in the Library.
1995   Online "shared" catalog adopted; users can access holdings of 50+ libraries.
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.
1991   Library goes "online" for circulation transactions.
1990   The Library hours increase with the addition of Sunday hours from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
1989   On April 22, 1989 the "Dorothy Flattery Wing" of the Library is dedicated.
1988   Novi Public Library began an expansion project on the east wing.
1987   New Novi Civic Center opened next to the Library, the City offices were then moved into the new building.
1986   Old Novi Town Hall is relocated to Library property.
1985   Head librarian Dorothy Flattery retired after 22 years of service.
1978   The East side of the building is leased to the City, for administrative offices, for a cost of $1.00 a year.
1976   The 23,190 square foot Library opens, operating with an independent one mill.
1975   Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new library building on seven acres of land on Ten Mile near Taft, it's present location. 
1969   Village of Novi becomes a city.
1968   Novi Public Library joined Wayne County (later Wayne Oakland) Library Federation.
1964   The Library got an addition that doubled its space.
1963 The Library became self-supporting when voters approved a one-half mill to support it.  Dorothy Flattery became the head Librarian.
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.