Local History Room

The purpose of the Local History Room is to provide materials that record the history and development of Novi Michigan, greater Oakland County, and surrounding areas as they pertain to Novi’s past boundaries. Michigan materials will be limited to those relating to the formation of Novi’s history.

 Local History Room Brochure
 Local History Room Policies / Deed of Gift

History RoomHistorical Glass Etchings

The new Historical Glass Etchings are located in the Local History Room on the 2nd floor of the Library.  This display includes 7 beautifully crafted historical landmarks from around Novi. Local artists, Ryan and Mindy Trainer, were responsible for creating these pieces. The etchings represent The Methodist Church (1876), Walled Lake Park (1929), Novi Town Hall (1876), Bassett Home (1845), Novi Special (1941-1965), and the Train Station (1870).  This artwork was made possible through the generous support of the Novi Historical Commission.

To view the artwork, please see a Librarian on the 2nd floor of the Library for access to the Local History Room.

Office Hours

Click here for office hours.

Genealogy Websites


Click here to go to useful genealogy websites!

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Essential collection of genealogical and historical sources.  U.S. Federal Census, books, bank records and more.  Unique primary sources, local and family histories.  Click here to access the genealogy databases.


Click here to browse helpful genealogical societies.

Fuerst Family

Click here to read about the Fuerst family and their farm.  This information was researched and designed by Kathleen Mutch, Novi Historical Commission, 1989 - 2009.  The Fuerst property was sold to the Novi Community Schools in 1973 by the Fuerst family with the stipulation that the property be used for public purposes. The City of Novi purchased the property in 1997.

Fuerst Home
Fuerst Farmstead Marker
(View larger version of historical marker)

The Fuerst Farm has become an eight acre park adjacent to the Novi Public Library. The park features inviting landscaping with fieldstone walls and hundreds of perennial plants, walkways, a 150-seat amphitheater that incorporates Old Township Hall, and Wi-Fi accessibility. Many programs take place in the park, including puppet shows, musicians, theatrical performance, reading groups, and more.

Fuerst Park Pathways Event at Fuerst Park

Novi News Archive

Access searchable full-text issues of the Novi News.  This page will ultimately provide access to nearly every year of the Novi News.  Please check back for additional issues as they become available.  Click here to go to the Novi News Archive page.

Novi High School Yearbooks

Novi High School yearbooks are now accessible in the Local History Room. The following years are available to view: 73-74, 76-79, 81-84, 86-88, 90-92, 96-97, 99-2000, 2003-2010 and 2012.


For more information, or questions about the Local History Room, please contact us.