Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm


Phone: 248-349-3020

About Us

Skydance at the Western Gate

Suspended in the library’s 54-foot clerestory, this fiber artwork by Gerhardt Knodel represents the intersection of thoughts, past, present and future.

Inspired by the ancient Silk Road, along which materials and ideas traveled from distant civilizations such as China and Rome, the artist’s work reminds us that at libraries, people meet and ideas grow.

Look for a word hidden in the letter fragments!

Funding provided by the Friends of the Northville District Library, and contributions of individual donors.

Census 2010

Be counted! Go to to track how Northville is responding by mail and see how we compare to surrounding communities. You can also see how our performance rates against Census 2000.

Supporting Documents & Guidelines

  • Northville District Library Photo/Video Disclaimer

Attendance at Northville District Library programs, events or public spaces constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Northville District Library. Photos, images, and videos submitted by users for online contests may also be used by the Library for promotional purposes. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval form the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian.

If you do not want us to use a photo or video of you or your child, please tell the Library staff member coordinating the event PRIOR to the program.

Library Budget Crisis

picture of the Northville Library

Thank you to all Northville residents who attended the Public Information Session on July 21 about the Library budget crisis. The comments and suggestions were invaluable to the Board of Trustees, who are considering all options.

Here's a brief recap for those unable to attend. Revenues for the Library are shrinking rapidly. The majority of our income -- about 96% -- comes from property taxes which are decreasing due to the decline in property values in the City and Township.

To date, the Library has frozen staff salaries, cut the materials budget, increased fines and improved efficiencies. However, more severe cuts such as closing the Library for one day a week or reducing evening and weekend hours, drastically cutting the budget for books, DVDs and other materials, and eliminating programs like Storytimes will happen if revenues are not increased.

In an effort to avoid further cuts like these, the Board of Trustees voted on July 22 to place a 0.2 millage increase for 5 years on the November 2 ballot. The cost to a homeowner of a $200,000 home ($100,000 taxable value) is approximately $20 per year.

The slide presentation that was delivered on July 21 is now available for your review.

For more information, we've provided for you a Northville District Library Budget Crisis Fact Sheet.

Paul Snyder, President of the Friends of the Northville District Library, is helping to form an advocacy committee. Anyone interested in helping can click here to contact Mr. Snyder

Reasons to Love Your Library

What We Heard From You. . .

"We love the absolutely wonderful librarians in the children's section. They always help us find what we're looking for, they remember our names, and they always have a smile on their faces. They make the library a wonderful experience for us...along with the books, of course!"

"Love, love, love inter-library loan. And now I can download books on my iPod. Next up - getting a compatible book reader for *free* books. Also love being notified by email when books arrive or are due. The library is my favorite thing to pay taxes for. :-)"

"I have loved the Northville Library since I moved here in 1952 and it was in the Old Church on Wing St. It was the most wonderfu cozy place and Miss Lyons was so kind to me a 14 year old girl from a small mill town in N.H. We did not have a Library so I did not know how to use one but she opened a whole new world to me. I love the fact that the staff in the present Library are following in her footsteps. Thank you to you all!!"

"We LOVE storytime as well as your children's section. We truly appreciate all your staff do to make it a fun place to love learning."

"Being able to order and get books for free."

The top 20 reasons to love your Library. . .
(a new reason added every two weeks)

  1. Audiobooks in many formats. Browse our collection of playaways and books on CD. Download a fiction or non-fiction book to listen to on your MP3 player from Download Destination. Great for long car rides.
  2. FREE Wireless hotspot access. Come in and connect your laptop for free Internet service.
  3. Video game collection. Check out a game for Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii for one week. Limit is two games per person.
  4. Study Rooms. Need to work on a group project? Want to study with a friend? Four study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.
  5. Books for Book Groups Collection. Need a suggestion for your book group? Browse our collection of titles chosen by librarians specifically for book discussion groups. Selections were made based on professional book reviews, awards lists, and readers advisory resources.
  6. Online Research Resources. Great for assignments and general information seeking. This collection of subscription databases, ebooks and other online material comes from books and other resources, so they don't count as websites.
  7. Meeting Rooms for large groups. There is no charge for Northville residents to use the meeting rooms for non-profit purposes. Rooms are available for groups up to 25, 50 or 75 people and are available on a first come, first served basis. For profit groups can also reserve a meeting room for a small fee.
  8. Value Line & Morningstar Investment databases. These comprehensive tools for the investor offer information about stocks, mutual funds, options, ETFs and more, for in-depth research and smart portfolio construction.
  9. Practice tests online. Practice for ACT, SAT, grad school entrance exams, citizenship tests and more. Math, reading and writing skills tests are also available for elementary, middle and high school students. Access these tests and more on Learning Express Library under the Research tab above.
  10. Tumblebooks. Animated, talking picture book collection. Sounds, music and narration are added to existing picture books. Kids learn to read using a format they will love. Click on the Kids tab, Books & Reading/Tumblebooks.
  11. Computers with free Internet service. Check your email on one of our 17 computers on the lower level with Microsoft Office 2007 software - Word, Excel, PowerPoint . All have CD burners and DVD players
  12. Online computer skills courses and tutorials. Choose various levels for: Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Adobe PhotoShop and more.
  13. Latest bestsellers, popular titles, and classics collection. Save money by borrowing books, DVDs, audiobooks and CDs rather than buying them.
  14. Reliable medical information from our consumer health databases. Try a trustworthy source like Health & Wellness Resource Center.
  15. Genealogy databases. Use the library's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition or Heritage Quest to find out where the skeletons are hiding in your family!
  16. Quiet story time with your child. Curl up in a comfy chair and spend quality time together.
  17. Consumer Reports. Review print and online sources for information on consumer products before you buy. You can access full text articles from home from 1980 to approximately 10 months ago.
  18. Resume writing and job interview information, both in print and online. Prepare at your library to get the job you want.
  19. Language learning resources. Check out our language learning CDs or use Mango Languages online from home to become an expert.
  20. Connections with other libraries. Borrow books and more from neighboring libraries. Our Interlibrary LAN service can also get you the book you want from anywhere in Michigan, including university libraries.

Northville District Library Budget Crisis Fact Sheet

How is the Library funded?
The bulk of the Library's funding (about 96%) comes from property taxes paid by the residents of the Northville Library District. Established in 1994, the Library District is comprised of the Township of Northville and the City of Northville, and is a standalone unit that does not get revenue from either the Township or City. The community voted a one mill levy to operate the Library when the District was established. This rate has been eroded by the Headlee rollback to .9573. (Residents also pay about .2 mills to retire the library building debt.) Other forms of income include Library fines and fees, state aid, penal fines and interest income, all of which comprise about 3% of the budget. Gifts and donations from the Friends of the Library make up about 1% of the budget. We also have a small but growing Endowment Fund.

Why is there a budget crisis now?
Property values have been declining, with tax revenue decreasing since 2008. State aid has been cut by 40% and interest income is almost non-existent. Projecting to 2012, revenue will be reduced by approximately 21% from 2008.

What cuts have been made so far?
For the past two years, Library salaries have been frozen, and staff have been paying a percentage of their health care premiums. The budget for materials - books, movies, music, etc. - has been cut. The Friends pay for a large part of program costs. Overdue fines were increased. Funds for staff training have been largely eliminated. We have been using the Reserve Fund - revenue set aside in previous years - to close the gap. We've implemented a more efficient checkout system and installed energy efficient lighting.

What will happen if the Library does not increase revenues next year?
Possibilities include closing the library one day a week; reducing staff; eliminating programs such as storytimes, computer classes and teen events; drastically cutting the budget even further for books, DVDs, and other materials; and dropping subscriptions to specialized online resources like ValueLine, Ancestry and Mango Languages.

How can these cuts be avoided?
The Library Board of Trustees has voted to place a request for a .2 (two-tenths) mill increase for five years on the November 2nd ballot. The cost to a homeowner of a $300,000 home (a $150,000 taxable value) would be $30.
(One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.) This modest increase is projected to give the Library approximately $400,000 of additional revenue in 2011.

Why can't the Library add user fees to materials, library cards, storytimes and meeting room space?
This was one option the Board of Trustees considered. However, fees such as these would not be nearly enough to cover the projected shortfall. The Northville District Library works to ensure equitable access to all residents, and user fees threaten this access. As a member of the American Library Association, the Library is guided by the belief that free access to information is the cornerstone of a democratic society.

What taxes am I currently paying for my Library?
The current operating millage is .9573. The debt millage (due to retire in 2015) is .1989.

Market Value Taxable Value Operating Debt
$200,000 $100,000 $96 $20
$400,000 $200,000 $191 $40
$600,000 $300,000 $291


Where can I obtain additional information?
Click here to Contact Northville District Library Director Julie Herrin at 248-349-3020.

Ballot Language and Explanation

You will be asked to vote on the following proposal:

Shall the Northville District Library impose an increase of up to 0.2 mills ($0.20 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for five (5) years, 2011 through 2015inclusive, for general library operating purposes, which 0.2-mills increase will raise an estimated $407,900 in the first year the millage is levied, of which a portion will be disbursed to the Northville Downtown Development Authority

For properties located in the Northville Downtown Development Authority district, a portion of the taxes due to the Library is captured for the DDA. This amounts to less than 2% of the estimated taxes collected by this millage. No portion of the taxes paid by residents of Northville Township or the rest of the City of Northville is diverted to the DDA.

Tax dollars generated from new private property developments and from improvements to existing private property within the DDA are captured from other governmental units and used by the DDA to finance public improvements within the area. The captured assessed value equals the amount, in any given year, by which the current assessed value exceeds the initial assessed value. The initial assessed value is that value of all properties within the DDA at the time when the Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) was adopted.

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