Library Update 7/14/21

The Novi Public Library is in Phase 5 of its reopening plan. The Library will be open Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 12-6pm. Drive-up/locker services by appointment are available.

  • If you are sick, please DO NOT enter the Library.
  • Public computers, copying, scanning, and printing services available.
  • Enclosed spaces such as meeting and study rooms are not available.
  • Book Nook and Library Café are OPEN!. The Café’s hours are Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm.
Material Donations:
Due to an overwhelming response and very limited volunteer resources, we have to limit accepting donations to the 2nd/4th Thursday of the month, 10am-7pm (weather permitting).
Call the Administration Office at 248-869-7204 with questions.
  • Drop off donations at the back of the Library, NOT at the front doors (go to entry off of Taft Rd. by Novi High School). Click here to view a map of where donations are accepted.
  • Place “recent” items in “great” condition in the large black donation bin near the library staff entrance.
  • DO NOT DONATE: old/moldy/wet materials, magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and Reader’s Digests.
  • Items donated will be quarantined for 72 hours. Donations can become part of the Library’s collection and/or the Friends Book Nook, Thrift Books, Recycling or Discarded.
Please see NPL’s reopening phase below.

NPL will continue to monitor and follow guidance from the Oakland County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are some important resources to keep in mind:

Reopening Phase

Below is a snap-shot of what will be offered and when, based on the information we receive daily from the State of Michigan. Currently, we are in the "no capacity limit phase," but as more information and guidelines are released about public libraries in Michigan, we will begin to engage our community more. New policies and procedures have been approved by the Library Board to ensure safety and proper usage of our building. Details related to phases are subject to change.

Please be patient and flexible with us! Thank you for your continued support.
Phase 5 NO CAPACITY LIMITS
Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm
Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm
Sun, 12-6pm
Building Access The building will be open to the public regular hours of operation.
 
In-Library Services Guests can visit the library to browse the shelves, study, use public computers, etc. All safety guidelines will be followed. Practice social distancing of 6 ft. if not fully vaccinated.
 
Public Computers & Printing / Scanning / Copying Public computers are available for on both the first and second floor. Printing, scanning and copying services are also available.
Programs Virtual and limited outdoor programs available this summer on novilibrary.org.
 
Returns Our drive-up automatic return slot will be open 24/7 (with the exception of holiday closures). Since the start of COVID in March 2020, the Library has been fine-free. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved staying fine-free for overdue materials* owned by NPL for the rest of the year, in a 7-0 vote at their meeting on June 24, 2021. The Board recognizes the hardships that Novi residents may be going through due to COVID and hopes that this will reduce access barriers to NPL’s services during this difficult time.
*Fine-free not applicable to lost or damaged materials.
 
Drive-Up Window & Lockers Call ahead (248-349-0720) to schedule a pickup time for holds Mon-Thu, 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm and Sun, 12-5pm. Only holds available and ready for pickup at Novi Public Library will be eligible for appointment. You will receive a notification when a hold is available for pickup.
 
Library Café Café services available Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm. Proudly serving Starbucks!
 
Donations Donations of materials will be accepted ONLY on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am-7pm (weather permitting). See above for details. Items will be quarantined for 72 hours. Call the Administration Office at 248-869-7204 with questions.
 
Book Nook The Book Nook is open Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm and Sun, 12-6pm, but will not be staffed by a Friends Volunteer. Please use the existing Book Nook “hold” process if you would like a book in the glass case and a Friends Volunteer will contact you within one week. Use the Honor box for payment. Donations of materials will be accepted ONLY on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am-7pm (weather permitting).
 
Cleaning Daily cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch areas will be conducted.


PROGRAMMING AND CLASSES

  • NPL has planned many virtual and limited outdoor programs! For more information about upcoming programs, visit the online calendar.

YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT

  • Check My Account on novilibrary.org
  • General account questions, call: 248-349-0720, Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm and Sun, 12-6pm.
  • Visit the Library to register for a new library card or to renew your existing library card.
  • By phone, staff can:
    • Renew your library card
    • Reset your pin
    • Issue you a temporary card for 60 days to access online resources

LAKESHORE LENDING LIBRARY NOW OPEN

  • Visit Lakeshore Lending Library at Lakeshore Park (601 S Lake Dr, Novi) for a contactless way to checkout library materials with your valid Novi library card! Materials available include Adult Best Sellers and Large Print, DVD/Blu-ray, Youth and Tween Fiction, Biographies, Adult Non-Fiction, Youth Picture Books and Young Adult Fiction. The kiosk is open from dawn until dusk. Novi residents with a Novi library card may check out up to five (5) items. Click here for more information.

ASK A LIBRARIAN

  • For homework, research and informational needs
  • Cardholders will continue to have 24/7 access to hundreds of e-books, magazines, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, research databases and more. To access any of these resources, please visit our Digital Library page, Databases page, or our Youth Resources page. A valid Novi Library card is required.
  • Questions about online resources and downloadables, call: 248-349-0720

NEED TO SPEAK TO LIBRARY DIRECTOR, JULIE FARKAS?

  • Call 248-869-7233, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.

DRIVE-UP WINDOW & LOCKER SERVICE

  • Call ahead (248-349-0720) to schedule a pickup time for holds. Appointment times are available Mon-Thu, 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm and Sun, 12-5pm
    • A valid, active library card is required for hold and item pickups.
    • Appointments can be made up to 2 days in advance, based on availability.
    • Appointments must be made at least 1 hour prior to scheduled pickup time.
    • Only holds available and ready for pickup at Novi Public Library will be eligible for appointment. You will receive a notification when a hold is available for pickup.

RETURN SLOTS

  • Our drive-up automatic return slot will be open 24/7 (with the exception of holiday closures). Since the start of COVID in March 2020, the Library has been fine-free. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved staying fine-free for overdue materials* owned by NPL for the rest of the year, in a 7-0 vote at their meeting on June 24, 2021. The Board recognizes the hardships that Novi residents may be going through due to COVID and hopes that this will reduce access barriers to NPL’s services during this difficult time.
    *Fine-free not applicable to lost or damaged materials.

ASK OUR TECH EXPERTS

  • Have questions about: iCube makerspace, library technology programs/events, 3D printing, conversion equipment? Email: icube@novilibrary.org.

LOCAL HISTORY INFORMATION SERVICES NOT AVAILABLE

For more information regarding the closure and the Library's limited services, please see the FAQ below.
 

Important Local Resource

Fun Things To Do At Home

FAQ

Is the Library open?
Yes, the Library is open Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm and Sun, 12-6pm. If you are sick, please do not enter the Library. Practice social distancing of 6 ft. if not fully vaccinated.

Are masks required to visit the Library?
Masks are not required. We do have masks available should a guest want one.

I have a question. Who can I talk to?
 
  • Staff is available daily: Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm and Sun, 12-6pm
  • Email a Librarian: asknovi@novilibrary.org
  • Call a Librarian: 248-349-0720
  • Send us a message on our social media pages
Need to speak to Library Director, Julie Farkas?
Call 248-869-7233, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
 
Will you host programs, classes and room rentals?
NPL has planned many virtual and limited outdoor programs. For more information regarding programming, visit the online calendar.
 
What do I do with my library materials?
Our drive-up automatic return slot will be open 24/7 (with the exception of holiday closures). Since the start of COVID in March 2020, the Library has been fine-free. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved staying fine-free for overdue materials* owned by NPL for the rest of the year, in a 7-0 vote at their meeting on June 24, 2021. The Board recognizes the hardships that Novi residents may be going through due to COVID and hopes that this will reduce access barriers to NPL’s services during this difficult time.
*Fine-free not applicable to lost or damaged materials.
 
Should I follow the due dates listed on my items?
Yes. Our drive-up automatic return slot will be open 24/7 (with the exception of holiday closures). Since the start of COVID in March 2020, the Library has been fine-free. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved staying fine-free for overdue materials* owned by NPL for the rest of the year, in a 7-0 vote at their meeting on June 24, 2021. The Board recognizes the hardships that Novi residents may be going through due to COVID and hopes that this will reduce access barriers to NPL’s services during this difficult time.
*Fine-free not applicable to lost or damaged materials.



Will my items be automatically renewed?Yes. Items will auto-renewal if:
  • The item does not have holds
  • The item has not reached its limit of 2 renewals
  • Your account does not have blocks preventing renewals
  • It is an item that is eligible for renewals
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • When do auto-renewals occur?
      Auto-renewals will occur 3 days before an item's due date. You will still receive your full loan period, as the renewal period is added at the end of the original loan.
    • Will I get a notification if an item has auto-renewed?
      No, you will not receive a notification of the successful auto-renewal of items; items that can be renewed will be renewed with no notification. However, if you have opted in to receive checkout and renewal receipts via email, then you will be sent an email renewal receipt when items are auto-renewed.
    • I already returned my item. Why did the item auto-renew?
      If you already returned the item, it is currently in quarantine for 5 days but still on your account, and that is why it automatically renewed. Please allow one (1) week for the item to come off of your account as it goes through our quarantine procedure.
    • What if an item doesn't auto-renew?
      If an item cannot be renewed, you will receive a due date reminder by your chosen notification method (email, text or phone). Please return items by the due date so that other library patrons can enjoy them and to avoid accruing late fees.
Is Novi Public Library receiving materials from other TLN (The Library Network) or MeLCat libraries?
Yes, we are receiving materials from other TLN and MeLCat libraries
 
Can I place items on hold by calling the Library?
Yes. Call ahead (248-349-0720) to schedule a pickup time for holds. Appointment times are available Mon-Thu, 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-5pm and Sun, 12-5pm. A valid, active library card is required for hold and item pickups. Appointments can be made up to 2 days in advance, based on availability. Appointments must be made at least 1 hour prior to scheduled pickup time. Only holds available and ready for pickup at Novi Public Library will be eligible for appointment. You will receive a notification when a hold is available for pickup.

Can I place items on hold by using the online catalog?
Yes.

How long will I have to pick up my holds?
Once notified of an available hold, guests will have 7 days to pick them up at Novi Public Library. Please follow the “hold through” dates listed on your My Account and on your hold notification.
 
I want to access the online catalog or use digital resources but my library card is not working. What do I do?
Call 248-349-0720 Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm and Sun, 12-6pm.
 
Can I renew my library card by phone?
Yes. You can renew your library card by calling 248-349-0720 Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm and Sun, 12-6pm. Unfortunately, we do not have the capability for online library card renewal through our consortium.

Can I drop off donations?
Yes. Donations of materials will be accepted ONLY on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am-7pm (weather permitting). See above for details. Items will be quarantined for 72 hours. Call the Administration Office at 248-869-7204 with questions.

Can I buy materials from the Book Nook?
Yes. The Book Nook is open Mon-Thu, 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm and Sun, 12-6pm, but will not be staffed by a Friends Volunteer. Please use the existing Book Nook “hold” process if you would like a book in the glass case and a Friends Volunteer will contact you within one week. Use the Honor box for payment. Donations of materials will be accepted ONLY on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am-7pm (weather permitting). See above for details.

Will the Library Café be open?
Yes. The Library Café is open Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday hours suspended temporarily. Proudly serving Starbucks!
 
Who do I talk to about room rentals?
Contact administration@novilibrary.org or 248-869-7204. We are not offering room rentals at this time.
 
Do you have hot spots available?
Yes, based on availability. Check out available only in lobby.

Are computers/printing or copy/scanning services available?
Yes. Public computers are available on both the first and second floor. Printing, scanning and copying services are also available.

Is the iCube open?
Yes, the iCube is open for 1 hour visits by appointment only. You must fill out our form to schedule an appointment. Click here to access the form.

Is 3D printing in the iCube available?
Yes. 3D printing in the iCube is available by appointment only. Complete the 3D printing request form and submit it along with your .stl file to email.
 
Can I volunteer at the Library?
In-person volunteer services have been suspended until the Library is in Phase 6 of its reopening plan.
 
Will the Library be doing outreach?
No. The Library has suspended outreach services until further notice.
 
What types of digital services are available?
We have e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming. These can be accessed through Overdrive, Libby, and Hoopla. Call 248-349-0720 or email asknovi@novilibrary.org to find out how.
 
How do I access NPL's digital services?
Directions per your device are available on the Digital Library page. Click on the service you would like to try and complete directions are available to match your device.
 
What types of online homework resources does NPL have available?
Check out the Databases page. Databases are listed under subjects. We also have Teen Resources and Youth Resources. Call us at 248-869-7202 if you need any assistance finding full-text articles.
 
Do you have any recommendations on what to read?
Yes. There are book lists available for adults, youth, teens and tweens. Check out our Goodreads group too.
 
Do you have any online activities available?
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or more fun craft videos and story times. You can also participate in a teen virtual escape room. It's geared towards tweens but can be enjoyed by all!
 
Can I learn a language from home?
Yes. Now is a great time to learn a new language. Try our Pronunciator database! You will be speaking a new language in no time.
 
Do you have any online courses available?
Yes. Brush up on computer skills, learn new career skills, get some professional development, with Linkedin Learning. Get inspired with new arts and crafts ideas through CreativeBug. Learn how to code through Vidcode. All of these are available on our Databases page.