When you log in on the My Account page, you will be asked to enter a PIN. We've instituted PINs to help secure your account

Log in screen

Enter your library barcode, the 14-digit number on the back of your library card, in the first box, with no spaces.

Enter your PIN in the second box. Your default PIN is the 8-digit birthdate (mmddyyyy) associated with your account. For example, if your birthday is May 15, 1991, your PIN is 05151991.


You may have received a notice that your holds that are "ready for pickup" were cancelled. This was a mistake on our part--your holds are here, waiting for you, through Monday, December 14. Call 734-397-0999 or Contact Us if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience. We are sorry for the confusion.

There are a number of ways to get materials from the library. Like many of your favorite retailers, we've adapted our services to offer you online ordering and our version of take out. You can order items online, and then choose how you'd like to receive them. Here are the options available:

1. Come in to the library and pick up your items from the hold shelf.

Items are pulled and placed on the hold shelf. You'll need to check them out before you leave the building

2. Make an appointment to pick up materials in the library's lobby.

Make an appointment and we'll have them waiting for you in the lobby, already checked out on your library card. Learn more about this process here.

3. Choose curbside pickup and we will bring items out to your car.

Make an appointment, call us from the designated parking spaces when you arrive, and we'll deliver items to your vehicle. Get details on curbside pickup here.

Other Options

If you aren't comfortable coming to the library, you can use your library card to check out e-books, e-audiobooks, stream movies and TV series, read online magazines and listen to music. Visit our e-media page to see all the options.

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The Friends of the Library's used bookstore, Secondhand Prose, is closed through January 17, 2021. No donations will be accepted until the bookstore reopens. You can follow the Friends on Facebook for updates, or visit their webpage

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The library has begun the next stage of our phased reopening, limited in-person browsing, as of October 1, 2020. Please limit your browsing time to 30 minutes. Study space and meeting rooms are not yet open. We are excited to welcome you back in to the library. Browsing hours are Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM.

Here's What to Expect From Us: 
  • Our usual friendly, helpful service from staff, delivered from 6 feet away.
  • Protective plexi screens at service points.
  • Staff wearing masks, or masks and shields, at all times.
  • A building that is deep cleaned and sanitized each night, and high-touch areas like keyboards, mice, and door handles wiped throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer for your use.
  • Markings to help you stay a safe distance from others.
  • An updated HVAC system with new MERV-14 filters and an increased fresh air mix.
  • We will be patient and kind as we all adjust to our new situation.
Here's What We Expect From You:
  • You won't come if you don't feel well.
  • You will wear a solid, multi-layer mask covering your nose and mouth at all times.
  • You won't linger; quickly gather your items and exit the building.
  • You will observe all of our Pandemic Reopening Policy and procedures.
  • You will maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • You will comply with staff directions and stay out of cordoned-off areas.
  • You won't bring food or drink.
  • You will be patient and kind as we all adjust to our new situation.

We are very happy to welcome you back to our building. Your cooperation with our policies and staff will help us continue to provide and expand in-person services. 


Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore

The Friends of the Library are pleased to welcome you back to the Secondhand Prose Bookstore! Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, September 21, in advance of the planned reopening on Friday, October 2. For guidelines on materials donation and where to drop them off, click here.

Please note that the bookstore hours are temporarily changing, and that they may change further depending on the availability of volunteers and any local, state, or federal restrictions:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday (Premium Members Only): noon to 4:00 PM

Important information: The current maximum occupancy of the bookstore is 4 people; this includes the volunteers as well as customers. The library is limiting all patron visits to 30 minutes total—please be mindful of this time limit. Customers are required to wear a solid mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times. Hand sanitizer as well as disinfectant and paper towels are available. Food and beverages are not allowed at this time. All sales are final; no refunds.

These restrictions provide for the appropriate physical distancing and help mitigate community spread of the coronavirus; thank you for your cooperation as the Friends welcome you back to the bookstore!

Help your student succeed in school with access to learning resources from Canton Public Library. Why should you get your student their own card? Many of our resources have a check out limit per account, so you may max out your checkouts on some items if you use a family card. Also, registration for CPL programs is often age specific, and that is tied to your library card account, so if you'd like your student to register for a STEAM program, or storytime, they will need their own card.

Many students receive a library card when they visit the Canton Public Library for First Grade Round Up, but if you are not sure if your child has a library card, or if it's still valid, you can check by clicking over to Patron Account and enter name, and library card number, as shown below.

Patron Account

If your account isn't found, or your card needs to be updated, call us at 734-397-0999, or use Contact Us to determine the issue.

If you are applying for a card for the first time, you can use our online card application form. A temporary library card will be issued to you, which is valid for 90 days. To convert your temporary card to a permanent one, come in to the library with ID and address verification documents. This process is for students who are Canton Township residents. Students who live in Plymouth Township or City of Plymouth should visit the Plymouth District Library to obtain a library card. 

Due to overwhelming response, please allow 3-5 business days to process library card requests.

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Some library programs and meetings are being presented virtually, using online platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, or streamed over our YouTube channel. To make the most of your experience, we're offering a few tips.

Be tech ready

For online programs, check your device's capabilities well before the program begins. Make sure your app or version is up to date, that your camera and microphone, if using, are working, and check your Internet connection. If you are having trouble with Zoom, try this user guide.

Locate your invitation

Look for your program invitation several hours before the program is scheduled to begin. It should come via library email; be sure to check your junk/spam folders. The invitation will contain a link to the program host site. If you haven't received an email an hour before program time, call the library at 734-397-0999 and get connected to a reference librarian.

Be on time

Using the link in the email, log in to your session at least 5 minutes prior to the start time. Depending on how the meeting is set up, you may enter a waiting room, and then be admitted when the host is ready.

Practice good meeting etiquette

Mute your microphone, keep your video on, use the chat box to ask a question or use the "raise hand" button in Zoom, or visually raise your hand. Download our guide for more tips.

Be respectful

Treat the host/presenter and other participants with respect. Patrons attending online presentations are subject to the library Patron Code of Conduct. Be patient and kind--virtual programs are a new experience for many people.



Phased reopening stage 1

The Governor's announcement of Executive Order 2020-110, and the workplace safety provisions specified under Executive Order 2020-97, allow libraries in the state of Michigan to begin providing services on June 8, 2020.

This means that we are able to initiate our plan for the phased reopening of the library. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons, so we are closely following protocols from the CDC, and working to secure adequate supplies of masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.

On Monday, June 8, the first phase of our reopening starts with staff reporting and working to clear the backlog of tens of thousands of items that have been returned since we closed to the public on March 13. The building will not be open to patrons at this time.

Until we reach the next phase, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • You can help us by canceling holds on items that you no longer want.
  • There's no rush to return materials; all items currently checked out have a due date of July 1.
  • Standard library cards have been renewed to September 1.
  • You can apply for a library card online. Please allow a few days for processing
  • We will be offering our summer program, 62 Days of Summer, by mail.
  • The Friends of the Library are not accepting book donations at this time.
  • Check out our e-resources collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming media and other items.

We are planning a tightly-controlled, phased opening, and will move to ease those restrictions as indicated by staffing levels, the availability of protective equipment and supplies, our capacity to manage each phase safely and successfully, and any local, state, and federal restrictions on physical distancing, sanitization, and maximum building occupancy ratios. We will communicate those plans to you as each phase unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website.

We are happy to be back in our building, and look forward to the day when we can see you in person again. Stay safe and wash your hands.

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We want to help you have the best summer possible with our 62 Days of Summer program. Check your mail for a packet from us, then come back to our website for ideas and inspiration. We've got 62 ways to do 62 Days of summer reading, activities and programs at your own pace and comfort level. Our librarians have put together lists of reading suggestions, recommended activities and ways to safely engage with your neighbors and community. See you online!