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Local History Room

Share your COVID-19 stories!

We are creating a collection of reflections on this important historical moment for the Local History Room. We want stories from first responders, medical professionals, people in isolation, teachers, supermarket employees, local business owners and anyone with a story to tell.

We will accept written letters, journals, stories, poems, drawings, photos, videos, copies of business social media posts, etc. All work must be original. This collection will be a valuable resource for future generations to understand life in our community during the pandemic. All ages are welcome to respond. A submission by anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian give permission for the submission. To help inspire your submission, here are a few questions to use as a starting point for residents and for businesses.

To submit physical items, please fill out this form and mail your items to:

Novi Public Library
c/o COVID-19 Archive Project
45255 W Ten Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375

To submit digital items, please fill out this form and attach your submission(s).
Questions? Contact    

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.

The collection will contain a range of formats including, but not limited to: books, newspapers on microfilm, pamphlets, maps, photographs, prints, electronic databases and other forms of publications. Materials providing instruction relating to genealogy, local history, preservation, and oral history will also be included. Due to the nature of this collection, materials cannot be borrowed.

Local History Room Hours

Due to COVID-19, office hours are unavailable until further notice.

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.

Genealogy Links


Ancestry LogoEssential collection of genealogical and historical sources.  U.S. Federal Census, books, bank records and more.  Unique primary sources, local and family histories. 


Cemetery Map

Fuerst Family

Fuerst Farmstead Brochure
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.