Services

Services

Library Services FAQs

  • Yes, the library regularly interacts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We often post about Canton happenings, special events, building status, library news, photos of cats, and other engaging content. We'd love for you to be your social media friend. 
  • We love to make recommendations! CPL staff regularly create suggested lists that are available for viewing on the website and through the catalog. These carefully curated Staff Lists span many interests and ages, and are intended to help you find your next favorite thing. We create new lists based on popular literature, current events and holidays, new additions to our collection, and more.

    You'll know a list has been created by staff if it says "Staff List" at the top.

    You are also welcome to make and share your own lists. Any list you share will say “Community-created list.” You can also make lists and keep them private if you prefer.

  • No, but you can set up a notary appointment nearby at the Township Building or find a notary at the UPS Store.

  • Yes! During the school year we have Family Storytime for ages 0 - 5, Baby Storytime for ages 0 – 24 months, and Preschool Storytime for ages 3 ½ - 5. In the Summer we have Wings of Wonder Storytimes for ages 0-5.

    Check out our Programs page to find upcoming storytimes.

     

  • For homework and study assistance for all ages, the library offers HelpNow through Brainfuse, a live, online tutoring service accessible with a CPL library card. For further homework or skill-building assistance, explore our Research and Learn page.

    For one-on-one tutoring in-person, you can frequently find tutors who advertise on our lobby bulletin board. Canton Public Library does not endorse or track these tutors. You are welcome to meet with your tutor in the library.

    National Honor Society Tutors are typically available in the library on a seasonal basis. Check our Program page for current information. If no sessions are listed, this is not currently being offered.

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Meeting Rooms

Community Meeting Spaces for your Group

Reservable meeting rooms for public use.

Study Rooms

Need a Place to Study or Work?

Study room information for single and group users.

At the Library FAQs

  • Having a safe and sanitary children's area of the library is at the forefront of librarians' minds. Cleaning regimes may be difficult to notice by the public, as these procedures often happen outside of public view.  So how does CPL keep the Children's area clean?  Here are our cleaning protocols:

    • General cleaning: The Children's area (and the entire library) are serviced by our night-time maintenance crew, who dust and disinfect all desktops and other hard surfaces, mop hard floors with disinfectant, and vacuum carpeting every evening. Our daytime library staff also spot clean as needed throughout the day, and the night-time crew follows up on any matters that need extra attention. Furniture may be removed from public use if it has suffered an unfortunate accident, until it can be cleaned and is once again user-ready.
    • Manipulatives: Like our countertops and other hard surfaces, these wall-mounted items are also cleaned on a nightly basis.
    • Puppets: Our puppets are misted with isopropyl alcohol (an antibacterial liquid) each time they are returned to the library.  Additionally, our puppets are sent out to be sanitized three times a year.
    • Storytime kits: We monitor these items when returned and clean as needed.
    • Storytime toys: We only use plastic and other hard items that are easily disinfected after each session.

    For those occasional incidents that merit it, we have bio-hazard tools ready to bring out at a moment's notice to handle "tossed cookies" and similar issues.

    CPL wants everyone to enjoy a clean and germ-free library, and we hope that our patrons contribute to this environment by engaging in safe and hygienic behaviors during their library visits.

  • The library takes the health and safety of our staff and community seriously. Throughout the pandemic, we've taken steps in accordance with the CDC, WHO and MiOSHA to maintain building cleanliness. We encourage you to use the library at your own comfort level, and stay home if you feel ill.

    Here's what you can expect at our building:

    • A building that is deep cleaned and sanitized each night.
    • Wipes and sanitizer available for you to use on keyboards, mice, and other frequently touched items.
    • 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.
  • No, but you can set up a notary appointment nearby at the Township Building or find a notary at the UPS Store.

  • Yes! You will need to bring your own device and headphones. We have Wi-Fi and 12 first-come, first-serve study rooms in our eastern wing. The study booths in the Children’s section and Teen space are also excellent locations to conduct a Zoom meeting. Please use your headphones and keep your voice to a moderate conversation level.

    When in doubt, check the noise zone map to make sure you are in an area that is ok. Learn more about the zones here.

  • If you've registered for a program with a Grab & Go kit, you can some into the library to collect your kit. Kits are held on a designated shelf next to the Holds, past the self-checkouts on the right as you enter the library. Grab & Go kits are held for you up to the date of the program.

Computers & Technology

Computers & Technology

Computers FAQ

  • To attend a Zoom program you must first install Zoom on your computer, laptop, or mobile phone from https://zoom.us/. You will receive an email from the library with the Zoom link 24 hours before the program starts. Once the program starts, click on the link provided to join the program. Some programs require microphone or camera access in order to participate.

  • Yes! You will need to bring your own device and headphones. We have Wi-Fi and 12 first-come, first-serve study rooms in our eastern wing. The study booths in the Children’s section and Teen space are also excellent locations to conduct a Zoom meeting. Please use your headphones and keep your voice to a moderate conversation level.

    When in doubt, check the noise zone map to make sure you are in an area that is ok. Learn more about the zones here.

  • There are 4 multifunction machines available at the library, 2 in the Self Service Center near the self-checkout stations, 1 in the Teen Space and 1 in the Children's Library. You can use these machines to scan, fax, print or copy documents. Need help? We are happy to assist.

    There's no charge for scanning, but to print or copy, you'll need a copy card. A reusable copy card costs $1 and starts out with 50¢ of credit. You can recharge the card with $1 bills. Prints and copies have the same per-side pricing:

    • Black & White 8.5x11 or 8.5x14 for 10¢
    • Color 8.5x11or 8.5x14 for 50¢

    You can also print wirelessly from your own device. Click this link to find out how.

  • This is not a service offered at CPL. You are welcome to use any of our public access computers or other self-service devices.

  • CPL has nearly 110 computers for public use. A library card is not required to use these computers. We also offer computer classes throughout the year. Public computers are filtered per Michigan State law. Please note:

    • The Lab is restricted to 18-years-and-older by law because it provides unfiltered web access on 10 machines
    • Public computers will only store your working files until the end of the day. Be sure to save your files to a USB flash drive or web storage
    • For your protection, the ability to install new programs on public computers has been disabled

    Free Wi-Fi, internet jacks, electrical outlets, and USB charging outlets are also available throughout the building. Internet connections provided by the library are unsecured and unencrypted; use at your own risk. Use of our Wi-Fi or public computers implies your acceptance of the Acceptable Use provisions of our Computing Resources Policy when you connect to the cpl network.

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