Northville District Library

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


Books and Reading


A collection of subscription databases, ebooks, and other online material paid for by the the Northville District Library or by the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL).

Books & Authors
Thousands of award-winners, bestsellers and librarian favorites.

Recommended for upper elementary through high school. Full-text (1981-Present). Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias. Personal portfolios and tools allow users to tag articles, share links, take notes, build reading lists, and design timelines and slideshows. Includes reading level search, spell check, integrated dictionary and language.
Expanded Academic ASAP
Meets research needs across academic disciplines with scholarly articles and reports.

NoveList Plus
Great tool for locating both novels and works of non-fiction, and resources for those who wish to talk about and promote books and reading. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

Audio Books & E-Books


    Northville District Library Resources

    Reading Groups


    Recommended Reading

      Portrait of William H. Maybury

      William Maybury Portrait at NDLAn original portrait of William H. Maybury is on display in the Local History Room of the Library, on loan from the U.S. General Services Administration, Fine Arts Commission.  Maybury was a native Detroiter who was in charge of the construction of the Maybury Sanatorium facility built in 1921 to help fight the raging war on tuberculosis.  The Sanatorium closed in 1969 and became Maybury State Park in 1975.

      The portrait, painted by J. Raeburn Middleton,  was completed in 1934 under the auspices of the Public Works of Art Project.  The PWAP was the first of four federal arts projects during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal administration. The PWAP was the first federal program to support the arts nationally, and employed thousands of artists during the Great Depression.

      The Detroit Institute of Arts suggested to the U.S. GSA that it find a local site to display the painting, and the Northville District Library met the government requirements for housing the portrait that included climate control within the facility and a full-time professional staff.  Alfred Ackerman, Head of Conservation and Painting Conservator for the DIA, and a 22-year Northville resident, restored the Maybury painting.

      Photo Caption:    Alfred Ackerman, Head of Conservation and Painting Conservator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Library Director Julie Herrin with the recently installed portrait of William H. Maybury .
      (Photo courtesy of Steve Fecht)

      Loan from the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration
      Commissioned through the New Deal Art Projects

      Local History Volunteer Opportunities

      Local History HOME | Northville History Index | Genealogy Research | Northville Township Archives Scrapbooks | Local History Web Sites | Volunteer Opportunities

      We Remember...

      Photo of Marian "Mernie" Hines, Summer 2004Marian "Mernie" Hines
      The Library and the Northville community fondly remember Mernie Hines, a dedicated Library volunteer, who passed away in 2011. Mernie worked diligently on the Northville Record Index project for many years, ensuring the excellent Index that patrons use today. She was instrumental in obtaining two grants, and trained and assisted volunteer indexers. The Index has been a valuable tool for local history buffs and general researchers over the past 20 years. Her volunteer work over a 10-year period contributed to the success of the Library's valuable Local History collection.

      Northville District Library's Local History/Genealogy Collection has benefited from community members and organizations who have donated time and/or funding towards making our collection what it is. If you would like to volunteer, here are just a few ways you may do so.

      Northville District Library
      (248) 349-3020
      The Library has a number of local history projects in need of volunteer help.
      Contact the library and see if a current project sounds interesting!

      Northville Genealogical Society
      (248) 349-9079
      The Northville Genealogical Society has donated their book and magazine holdings to the library's genealogy collection and have donated funds for purchasing additional genealogical materials. During designate times, or by appointment, members also donate their time to assist researchers.

      Northville Historical Society
      (248) 348-1845
      The Northville Historical Society maintains an archive at historic Mill Race Village on Griswold Street, across from Ford Field and offers many opportunities for those interested in volunteering.

      ReferenceUSA Webcast FREE Training Sessions

      Reference USA is a paid database provided to you by Northville District Library.

      ReferenceUSA® is a powerful online source of business and residential information for reference and research. Register for these free webcast training sessions by following the link on the listed session time(s) below. You will need an Internet connection and a phone line to participate.

      These are single, one time sessions, each one hour long.

      Search Essentials: the Basics of ReferenceUSA®
      Fridays: January 13 - March 30 at Noon (11 am Central)
      Designed for the patron new to using ReferenceUSA®, this session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA®. The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA®, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques. Time allotted at end of session for questions.

      Start, Manage, Grow! How Businesses can use ReferenceUSA®
      Mondays: January 9 - March 26 at 11 am (10 am Central) or 3:30 pm (2:30 pm Central)
      Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA® to find the critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. Topics include: research prospects and prospective clients; locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally; network with other businesses in your area or industry; develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities; understand community demographics; survey locations for expansion; conduct competitive analysis; locate subject manager experts and professional services; source new employees; find investors, venture capitalists and angels; plan delivery routes and service areas.

      Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies
      Wednesdays: January 11 - March 28 at 11 am (10 am Central) or 3:30 pm (2:30 pm Central)

      Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA® as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included is information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes; creating engaging cover letters; assembling a network of references and referrers; finding key persons at a business to act as mentors; building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences; as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.

      Local History Web Sites

      Local History HOME | Northville History Index | Genealogy Research | Northville Township Archives Scrapbooks | Local History Web Sites | Volunteer Opportunities

      Interior of the Northville Library, circa. 1900



      Resources from the State of Michigan

      Census Information and Vital Records

      Other resources