storytime participant

Parents and caretakers, we are interested in learning about your comfort level with indoor programs for children ages 11 and under. Please help us out by taking our survey, which closes July 26 at 9:00 PM. We appreciate your input.

Thanks for your response to our series of web surveys. We've got more detailed questions for you about our website's navigation path. Please take this survey and help us design a user-friendly approach that helps you find what you need. We appreciate your help in designing a functional, user-friendly website.

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.

People reading under tree with book leaves

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

Library staff at check out desk

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. 


Canton Goodfellows

The Canton Goodfellows application for Christmas assistance for Canton children in need is now available. You may download it here or from the Goodfellow's website, and paper copies are available at the library Reference Desk or the Canton Twp. Clerk's Office. Applications must be returned to the Canton Goodfellows, postmarked by Friday, October 15. 

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.