Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays for Summer
Phone: 248-349-3020

About Us

Library Funding

The Library is a Standalone District
In 1994, the communities of the Township of Northville and City of Northville formed a Library District, and the voters supported a one mill levy in perpetuity to operate the Library. The Library District is a standalone unit that does not get revenue from either the Township or the City.

Operating Millage
The original 1 mill levy has been reduced by the Headlee rollback to the current rate of .9573. This amounts to approximately 96 cents for each $1,000 of taxable value on a house in the District. In November, 2010 the voters approved an additional .2(2 tenths) of a mil levy. This amounts to an additional 20 cents per $1,000 of property value. Property Tax revenue accounts for about 96% of the Library's Budget.

Debt Millage
In 1994 the voters also approved a Bond for 5 million dollars to build the Library. The millage rate for the debt is calculated each year to produce only the amount needed for Debt payments on the Bond. Currently the millage for retiring the building debt is .2092. The debt payments will end in 2015.

Northville District Library 2013 Budget

Other sources of Funding are shown on the chart below:

Funding Chart for 2011

Borrowing Information

Northville District Library offers over 100,000 items for patrons to borrow and enjoy.  We try and make materials available to all patrons on an equal basis.  Below is a list of items and loan periods.

MATERIAL TYPE LOAN PERIOD FINE/FEE LIMIT RENEWALS
Do you have an item you’ve
kept way past the due date?


Returning borrowed materials
to the library….no matter
how long you’ve had them…
benefits you and benefits
the library!

Our maximum overdue fines
are much less than the cost
to replace an item.
So, returning your long
overdue items saves
money for you and
the library!
         
ADULT        
AUDIO BOOK 21 DAYS .20/DAY 5 2
BOOK 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
CD (MUSIC) 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
DVD-COLLEGE COURSE 21 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
DVD-ENTERTAINMENT 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
DVD - NON-FICTION 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
DVD - TV SERIES 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
BLU-RAY 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
HOT PICS 3 DAYS 1.00/DAY 2 0
LANGUAGE KIT 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
MAGAZINE 7 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
PLAYAWAY 21 DAYS .20/DAY 5 2
RENTAL BOOK 1 DAY .20/DAY NONE 0
VIDEO-ENTERTAINMENT 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
VIDEO-NON-FICTION 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
         
YOUNG ADULT        
AUDIO BOOK 21 DAYS .20/DAY 5 2
BOOK 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
CD (MUSIC) 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
DVD - ANIME 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
MAGAZINE 7 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
VIDEO GAMES 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 2 2
GRAPHIC NOVELS 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
         
YOUTH        
AUDIO BOOK 21 DAYS .20/DAY 5 2
BOOK 21 DAYS .10/DAY NONE 2
CD (MUSIC) 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
CD-ROM 21 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
DS Games 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
DVD 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
BLU-RAY 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2
HOLIDAY BOOK 7 DAYS .10/DAY NONE 2
MAGAZINE 7 DAYS .10/DAY NONE 2
MEDIA KIT 21 DAYS .20/DAY NONE 2
PLAYAWAY 21 DAYS .20/DAY 5 2
PUPPET 7 DAYS .10/DAY 5 2
VIDEO 7 DAYS 1.00/DAY 5 2

Library History

In 1889 the Ladies Library Association formed under the leadership of Mary E. Lapham who also donated a book nucleus of 250 volumes. Although the committee was made up entirely of women, the library was apparently seen as a place for men and boys to frequent rather than other questionable resorts.

Books were borrowed on subscription basis of $1 per year (later lowered to 50 cents) and was open about 3 afternoons per week. Jennie Babbitt was the first librarian. 

The library was first housed in a building on Main Street, but had, by 1895, moved to an unused church (now at Northville's historic Mill Race Village) on Wing Street. 

In 1926 libraries began to receive township funds by act of the state legislature. Thus, the library received appropriations sufficient for operating expenses and charges for library cards were abandoned. 

By the mid-1930s, the Wayne County Library Board had officially become responsible for the administration of the library and provided supervision by professional staff and regular delivery of new books and supplies. 

The library won a state sales contest during the 6th War Loan Drive in 1944 and received a framed autographed letter by John Steinbeck to playwright, George Kaufman. 

Due to increased costs, The city considered discontinuance of the library in 1959. One councilman favored the idea because of declining use and television. Citizen reaction, however, was in support of the library and 75 residents attending the next meeting were assured that service would continue. 

In 1964 the library moved from its 70-year residence in the unused church on Wing Street and moved into the City Hall facility, although it was considered temporary and inadequate. 

A Citizen's Blue Ribbon Committee appointed by the City and Township in 1975, recommended a new library building on the west side of the park at Wing and Cady Streets. Within two years the new library was given City and Township approval but was denied a Federal grant request by the Economic Development Administration. 

In 1985, the Northville Public Library joined the computer age and was pictured in the Northville Record with its new system. 

After a millage defeat denied the establishment of a new library at Sheldon and Six Mile Roads, a supportive vote in 1994 made possible the building of a district library at the same location proposed in the mid-1970s. This new library opened in October, 1996.

Tax Forms and Information

The Northville Library continues to provide paper income tax forms and instructions for our patrons. Federal and State tax forms are expected to arrive at the Library throughout January and will be available near the copy machine on the upper level. Patrons can also print forms from the IRS site at home or in the Library for $.10 per page.

Due to the growth in electronic filing and other free filing options, and to help reduce costs, the IRS and the State of Michigan will no longer mail paper packages to individuals and businesses. These packages contained forms, schedules and instructions for filing.

Free Tax Assistance for Seniors
The Northville Community Senior Center offers free tax form preparation through AARP tax-Aide, on Thursdays beginning February 7 - Aprill 11, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call 248-349-4140 for an appointment.

Federal Tax Sites

State and City Sites

General Tax Information Sites

Telephone Assistance

Federal
Tax Forms and Publications 800-829-3676 
M-F 7a.m.-10  p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m.
Individuals 800-829-1040
M-F 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Business

800-829-4933
M-F 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

TeleTax Information
800-829-4477
24-hour tax information
Refund Hotline 800-829-1954
e-Filing 866-255-0654
Michigan
Refund information and tax forms 517-636-4486

Parking Map

Parking Map for NDL

Local History

Explore the early history of Northville or research your family tree with online and printed resources available in the Local History Room on the Library’s lower level.

Northville History Index Online
The Library’s History Index Online offers access to two bibliographic databases containing nearly 600,000 records of the Library’s holdings:

Wayne County/Northville Record Index: Nearly the entire run of the local weekly newspaper, which began publication in August of 1869, is available on microfilm.  There are three significant gaps, however.  Editions for 1880-1887, 1890-1891, and 1900-1901 are likely to have been lost forever though eight editions of the 1880s have been discovered and microfilmed, partially filling that gap.  The index is updated continually and now covers the period from 1869-1924 and 1990-1995.

Master Index: About ninety printed sources are included in the Master Index.  Included in this collection are transcripts from seven local cemeteries, a complete collection of Northville Historical Society’s newsletter, The Mill Race Quarterly beginning in 1974, over 30 oral history interviews conducted in 1989-90, ten David Clarkson Pioneer Sketches from the 1870s, as well as copies of research papers and locally-published books on local history.

Also available on microfilm, but not included in the indices, are the holdings of the Northville Historical Society.

Volunteers are available to assist with research in the Library's Local History Room Mondays from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. during the months of September - May.  No appointment is necessary.

For more information, call (248) 349-3020.

Volunteer at the Library

library volunteer in circulation @ the Northville District LibraryThere are many ways adults and teens can volunteer at the Library.  Opportunities range from volunteering on an occasional basis through the Friends of the Library, or becoming a regular volunteer.   If you are interested in volunteering, download the application below and return It to the Information Desk at the Library.  Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted when a volunteer opportunity arises.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Regular Library Volunteer
Volunteers are generally scheduled for one day per week for approximately two hours.   Volunteers work closely with staff and help with a variety of tasks ranging from processing new materials, data entry, correcting records on the computer, assisting with shelving projects and general clerical duties.

Short Term Volunteer
Satisfy Community Service requirements (2 – 10 hours).  We must receive your application at least three weeks before your required completion date.  We cannot guarantee the availability of volunteer hours.  On your application, be sure to indicate the deadline for completion of your hours and how many hours are required.

Friends of the Library VolunteersFriends of the Northville Library Volunteer, sorting book donations
The Friends of the Northville District Library are a membership organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of the Library, to raise funds on behalf of the Library, and to involve members in volunteering on behalf of the Library.  Join the Friends and volunteer on a regular or occasional basis for Library events and programs.  Click here to download a Friends membership application and to read more about the Friends of the Library.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Corps Volunteers – Summer OnlyTeen Corp Volunteers @ the Northville District Library
Applications are ONLY accepted between April 15 and May 15 each year for Summer Teen Corps volunteers.  Applications must be picked up and returned in person at the Information Desk.  Teen Corps volunteers assist with Youth and Tween Summer Reading events, circulation tasks such as clearing the book drop, and other varied tasks as needed.

Computer Tutor Volunteer
Open to high school students grades 10-12 only.  Tutoring is offered one Saturday per month during the school year and two Saturdays per month during the summer.  Applications for computer tutor volunteers are accepted throughout the year.

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