Our Mission

The mission of the Livonia Public Library is to be a vibrant hub for community gathering. Anchored in excellent and caring customer service, the Library provides access to information, diverse services, education and digital literacy for all.

Our Vision

Welcoming spaces, trusted information, and enriching experiences for a thriving Livonia.

Our Libraries

The Livonia Public Library consists of three locations — Carl SandburgRobert and Janet Bennett Civic Center, and Vest Pocket. The Library Director, Kristen Edson, and the Library Commission administer all programs, services, and collections at library locations.  

Library Commission

As always, the Public is invited to attend all Library Commission Meetings and Library events. The Library will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities upon adequate notice. If you need assistance, please call the Bennett Civic Center Library at 734-466-2491 or email lvcc@livoniapubliclibrary.org.
Livonia Library Commission Logo

Library Commission

Members of the Livonia Library Commission are appointed by the Mayor of Livonia. The Library Commission is an advisory group which advises the Mayor and the Library Director on matters affecting the Livonia Public Library and its card holders. Contact the Library Commission at LibraryCommission@LivoniaPublicLibrary.org. The term of office for each Commissioner is three years, appointed until October 17 of indicated year. The current roster includes:
Chair Mary Morrison 2024
Carol Bagazinski 2025
Carrie Ryckman 2027
Claire Sheldon 2027
Ex-officio Kristen Edson, Library Director
The Library Commission meetings are open to the public. For those who wish to contact members of the Library Board to provide input or ask questions regarding any business that will come before the Board at its meeting, please contact Kristen Edson, Library Director, at (734) 466-2451 or at kedson@livoniapubliclibrary.org prior to the start of the meeting.

All meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m.
2024 Dates
Thursday, January 18 CANCELLEDCivic Center Library
Thursday, February 15Civic Center Library
Thursday, March 21Civic Center Library
Thursday, April 18Civic Center Library
Thursday, May 16Civic Center Library
Thursday, June 20Civic Center Library
Thursday, July 18Civic Center Library
Thursday, August 15Civic Center Library
Thursday, September 19Civic Center Library
Thursday, October 17Civic Center Library
Thursday, November 21Civic Center Library
Thursday, December 19Civic Center Library
Please note: All meetings will be held in the Michigan Room except for the meeting on May 16 which will be held in the Jenkin Room on the 3rd floor.

Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library

Bennett Civic Center Library
32777 Five Mile Road

Facts and Figures

Architect: Kamp-DiComo Associates
Building Area: 64,000 square feet (including Conference Wing and Atrium)
Atrium Artwork: “Nebulas Terraqueous” by James Gilbert. Composition: three panels of woven aluminum stripping and rayon thread.
Auditorium Capacity: 300 people
Meeting Rooms Capacity: 16-150 people
Circulation (number of items checked out): 432,752 items in 2022
eBook Circulation: 94,154 items in 2022
Total number of items the library owns: 154,498
Total number of items at all branches: 196,949
Registered users: 23,846
Total number of users at all branches: 26,537

 

History

Livonia Civic Center Library opened August 1, 1988. Since the Livonia Libraries were on the cutting edge of technology, and were using computerized catalogs since 1985, Civic Center Library opened without ever having the traditional card catalog. Our holdings were accessible by computer from the very first day.

On August 28, 2017, the Civic Center Library was renamed The Robert & Janet Bennett Civic Center Library, in honor of the Mayor and his wife who had such a big impact on the Livonia community. They were instrumental in the library’s successful millage campaign and worked tirelessly with the Friends of the Library to raise money for the library. We are proud that the library now bears their names. Watch the Dedication here

 

In the Library

ABCmouse.com for Libraries: Anyone who visits ABCmouse.com from the library can access the ABCmouse.com online books and curriculum. Feel free to explore ABCmouse.com during your next visit to our library!

Art Gallery: The Livonia Arts Commission maintains a one thousand square foot art gallery on the second floor of the Bennett Civic Center Library. Call Community Resources at (734) 466-2540 for exhibit information.

Awe Stations: The Early Literacy Station™ is designed specifically for our youngest patrons ages 2-8 and features over 4,000 localized learning activities.

Braille Books: Popular children’s books are available in braille thanks to Seedlings Braille Books for Children. The collection includes picture books with both print and braille as well as all-braille books.

Computer Help Desk: On the second floor at Bennett Civic Center Library, experienced staff are ready to help you with questions while you work on our internet computers 12-7 p.m. weekdays and 12-3 p.m. on the weekends.

Copiers/Scanners: There is a scanner available for public use at Civic Center Library. It is near the Print Release station and will scan to a usb/memory stick.

Displays: There are display areas — cases or bulletin boards — at each of the libraries that are available for short-term exhibits. Contact the individual library for availability. See our display policy for guidelines.

Genealogy Station

High School Yearbooks

Internet/Microsoft Office Stations: The Bennett Civic Center Library has 8 internet stations for public use plus one dedicated station for genealogy research. All internet stations also have Microsoft Office software and will accept a usb/memory stick. Cost for printing is .15 per page for black and white and .25 per page for color. In compliance with CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act), all public computers are filtered. Internet filters are not perfect. If you find a site that should be blocked, please inform a librarian and steps will be taken to add it to the filter. If you are blocked from a site that you feel should not be filtered, inform the librarian so we can evaluate it and unblock it if has been blocked in error.

Meeting Rooms

Nature Nook with Braille-Enhanced Storywalk®: Located at the Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library, the Nature Nook was designed and completed by Eagle Scout Candidate Matthew Sas and the Storywalk® was funded by the Livonia AM Rotary. Seedlings Braille Books for Children provided the Braille enhancement. Stories will be available in the Nature Nook from about April through October. Check out the Livonia Observer article about the Grand Opening. The Storywalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellog-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Peripheral Computer Devices: The libraries carry a small supply of usb/memory sticks, headphones and earbuds for purchase.

Wireless Internet Access: Wireless internet access is available at Sandburg and Civic Center Libraries. Wireless service is available throughout the building (including the meeting rooms and auditorium). Please note: printing is not available from the wireless network.

Happy 30th Birthday Bennett Civic Center Library
Happy 30th Birthday Bennett Civic Center Library

Carl Sandburg Library 

Carl Sandburg Library
30100 W. Seven Mile Road

Facts and Figures

Architect: Tarapata-MacMahon Associates
Building Area: 8600 square feet
Meeting Room Capacity: 75 people
Circulation (number of items checked out): 71,699 items in 2022
eBook Circulation: 25,966 items in 2022
Total number of items the library owns: 39,706
Registered users: 1,549

 

History

Carl Sandburg Library first opened December 10, 1961. The name was recommended by the Library Commission as an example of an American author representing the best of literature of the midwest. Carl Sandburg had taught at the University of Michigan for a time.

 

In the Library

Displays: There are display areas — cases or bulletin boards — at each of the libraries that are available for short-term exhibits. Contact the individual library for availability. See our display policy for guidelines.

Internet/Microsoft Office Stations:  Carl Sandburg has 6 stations for public use. All stations are equipped with MS Office and have internet access. In compliance with CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act), all public computers are filtered. Internet filters are not perfect. If you find a site that should be blocked, please inform a librarian and steps will be taken to add it to the filter. If you are blocked from a site that you feel should not be filtered, inform the librarian so we can evaluate it and unblock it if has been blocked in error.

Meeting Rooms

Peripheral Computer Devices: The libraries carry a small supply of usb/memory sticks, headphones and earbuds for purchase.

Wireless Internet Access: Wireless internet access is available at Noble, Sandburg, and Civic Center Libraries. Wireless service is available throughout the building (including the meeting rooms and auditorium). Please note: printing is not available from the wireless network.

Vest Pocket Library

Vest Pocket
15218 Farmington Road

Facts and Figures

Circulation (number of items checked out): 4,263 items in 2019
Total number of items the library owns: 2,745
Staff: Vest Pocket Library is staffed by volunteers. They are supervised by Branch Librarian Nicole Lane

History

Vest Pocket was opened as part of National Library Week on April 17, 1972. The collection at Vest Pocket is geared toward senior citizen’s interests and houses mainly large print books and paperbacks. Vest Pocket Library is located at 15218 Farmington Road in the southeast corner of Farmington and Five Mile Roads inside the Senior Center.

Alfred Noble Library

Alfred Noble Library
32901 Plymouth Road

Facts and Figures

Architect: Gunnar Birkerts & Associates
Building Area: 12,175 square feet

History

The Alfred Noble Library opened for business on April 24, 1967. Prior to that, “The South Branch” was run out of a storefront on Plymouth Road, starting in 1958. When the Alfred Noble branch opened, it was considered the “main library” until the Civic Center Library opened in 1988. The library’s namesake was born and raised in Livonia. He went on to become an accomplished civil engineer with many significant projects to his credit, including the Panama Canal. This branch closed in 2019 due to structural issues and water damage. 

Robert and Janet Bennett
Civic Center Library


32777 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2491


Mon - Thurs: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m. (September-May)

Carl Sandburg Library


30100 Seven Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (248) 893-4010


Mon & Tue: 12-8 p.m.
Wed & Thurs: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alfred Noble Library


32901 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150


Closed in 2019 due to
structural issues
and water damage.

Click here for more info.

Vest Pocket Library


15218 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2559


Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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