The Canton Public Library connects your community.
CPL is the busiest single-branch library in the state, circulating 300,000+ items over 1.8 million times [in 2011]. Our 53,500 square foot facility provides space for our 71%-resident patron population of more than 47,500 active cardholders.
HistoryThe people of Canton Township wanted a library, and got the ball rolling in 1977. CPL first opened with 12,000 square feet on the 3rd floor of the Township Administration Building on October 20, 1980, and was dedicated on November 9, 1980. Our current building, supported by voters with a 1986 millage, opened and was dedicated on November 13, 1988. Since then, we've expanded from 31,000 square feet to 53,500, along with many more enhancements, such as a state-of-the-art book sorting system.
- Historical scans
- Posts from our 30th Anniversary celebration
- An 80s Day in the Library
- The life story or Thorndyke T. Bear
- When President George H. W. Bush visited CPL
- Friends of the Library's Scrapbooks
Summer ReadingSummer Reading has been fundamental to CPL since we opened. Along with our community partners, we facilitate reading, programs, and other enriching experiences for patrons of all ages. Check out the past few years' summer programs for more information:
Canton Public Library welcomes inquiries from the press about the library or library issues. Contact Laurie Golden, Community Relations Department Head, at 734-397-0999 x1078
- Dashboard - Revenue
- Dashboard - Expenses
- 2013 Budget
- 2012 Budget
- 2011 Annual Report
- 2010 Annual Report
- 2009 Annual Report and Strategic Plan
- 2008 Annual Report
See the Media Blog for the latest CPL media news.
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RelevanceWe will adapt and grow as our community’s needs change, providing flexible, customizable and evolving collections and services.
IntegrityWe are respectful of all people at all times and serve our community with excellence.
AccessWe support the pursuit of individual and community goals by ensuring the open exchange of diverse materials and ideas.
LeadershipWe will lead with enthusiasm and respond to challenges with creativity and professionalism.
Canton Public Library assumes responsibility only for the information that it originates for the cantonpl.org domain.
The Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet. However, not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, or legal. Users must evaluate for themselves the validity of the information found.
The Internet may contain information that is controversial, sexually explicit, or offensive. Library patrons use the Internet at their own risk. Parents or guardians of minor children are responsible for their child's use of the Internet through the Library'’'s connection as stated in our Computing Resources Policy.
Concerns about information maintained on the Canton Public Library website should be addressed to:
Leo Papa, Information Technology Department Head, 734-397-0999 x1207