Donations to the Library

A gift to the Livonia Public Library’s collection is a unique and enduring way to pay tribute to friends and family while giving a resource to the community for many to use and enjoy. You can be assured your gift will have meaning and purpose for many years to come.

Memorials & Commemoratives

Memorials & Commemoratives

Books and other library materials provide a remembrance for any type of occasion. A favorite book can serve as a memorial to someone dear now gone, a recording of a lullaby can be given on a child’s birthday, a book of poems can mark an anniversary, or a video on a newly found hobby can express hopes for a leisurely retirement.

A gift to the library can reflect the tastes or interests of the individual in whose honor the gift was given. A love of gardening might inspire a book on roses, or a historian can be remembered by a work on his or her favorite time.

Organizations can also show their appreciation for members of special merit, or merely use the donations as a way to help the library increase its collections in their special area. When you donate to the program, you may designate a particular title, subject area or type of material you would like purchased, or you may ask the library staff to use your contribution to purchase items where needed. A letter will be sent to the honoree or to his or her family to let them know about your thoughtful gift. A letter of acknowledgement goes to the donor as well. A book plate will be inscribed as you wish and placed on the item, letting the community share in the recognition of your loved one.

Questions? Please call the City Librarian’s office at (734)466-2451. Click here for a printable donation form.


Donate Used Books

Drop off your gently used items* (books, cds and dvds) at the donation bin located near the elevator of the Civic Center Library or bring them the delivery entrance on the west side of the building (ring the bell and a staff member will assist you). You may donate up to 5 bags or boxes per day. Be sure to pick up a receipt from either the Browsing or Circulation desks. Your donation is tax deductible. Donations will be added to the collection at the discretion of the library staff. Other donated items go to the Friends of Livonia Public Library Book Sale. Items not added to the collection or offered in our used book store and sales will be disposed of as we see fit.

*We reserve the right to refuse any donations.

We do not accept:
VHS (other than Disney)
Textbooks older than 3 years
Cassette Tapes
Record Albums
Computer Software/Games

We cannot accept any items that have physical damage including water damage, writing, ripped pages, torn or missing covers, highlighting, stains, offensive odors (cigarette smoke, mildew, mold etc…).



The Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library are an active group of volunteers with over 800 members. The mission of the Friends is to provide support for the services and programs of the Livonia Public Library. Volunteers meet this mission by helping at Library programs, events and fund raising efforts.

Visit the Friends of the Library Page for more information.


Teen Volunteers

The Teen Volunteer program at the Bennett Civic Center Library is designed to give teens (grades 7-12) an opportunity to earn community service credit as well as to provide a “real world” working experience so that they can begin building a work history.

Teen volunteers generally perform the following tasks:

  • maintain tidiness of library shelves
  • assist with program preparations
  • assist librarians during programs
  • assist with library collection assessment (weeding)
  • other special projects, as assigned

Teen Volunteers typically work two hours a week at the Library. Teen volunteers work under the direct supervision of the Teen Volunteer Coordinator, and are scheduled to volunteer only during the Coordinator’s working hours.

Coordinator: Noelle Lomas, Teen Services Librarian
Phone: (734) 466-2485
Working Hours:
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 1-9 p.m.
Thursday: 1-9 p.m.
Alternating Friday/Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form. Volunteering shifts fill up fast, so please schedule as far in advance as possible.

Agree to the terms of the volunteer contract*

*Volunteer Contract

By registering as a Teen Volunteer, I am committing my time and service to the Livonia Public Library. I agree to appear on time for any scheduled volunteering sessions, or to provide notice of my absence as far in advance as possible. I agree to perform the tasks requested of me to the best of my ability, and to behave courteously as expected of a representative of the Library. I understand that if I fail to adhere to the terms of this contract, the Library may refuse acknowledgment of service and negate volunteer credit. The Library may terminate volunteer service at any time.

Robert and Janet Bennett
Civic Center Library

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

Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun*: 1-5 p.m.

*(during the school year)

Alfred Noble Library

32901 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150

Due to a building problem,
Alfred Noble Library will be
closed until further notice.
Click here for more info.

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.

Vest Pocket Library

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

Mon - Fri: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.