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

First Monday of the month, 12-2pm
Third Monday of the month, 6-8pm
July and August are by appointment only.

Local History Room Brochure

Collection Development Policy and Deed of Gift

Novi Historical 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 LogoDatabases
Essential 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

PDF Icon 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 Sign

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 Walkway   Fuerst Event

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.