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About Us

The Canton Public Library connects your community.

Canton Public Library serves more than 90,000 residents of Canton Township in western Wayne County, Michigan. We are a member of TLN and Metro Net. Our director is Eva Davis.

CPL is the busiest single-branch library in the state, circulating 300,000+ items over 1.7 million times [in 2012]. Our 53,500 square foot facility provides space for our 77%-resident patron population of more than 85,818 cardholders.


The 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.

Budget & Annual Reports

Board of Trustees

CPL is governed by a six-member Library Board of Trustees of community members elected quadrennially on a nonpartisan ballot. The Board meets at 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month. You are invited to attend.

See the Board blog for the latest agendas, minutes, and other news. The Board Archive lists all records available online. Minutes for previous years are available in hard copy format on request.

As pictured, left-to-right
Name Elected/Appointed Occupation Address Phone
Don Turner 09/2014 Business Owner 44022 Somerset Square
Canton, MI 48188
Sommer Foster 11/2012 Campaign Consulting 622 No. Corrine Drive
Canton, MI 48187
Nancy Eggenberger 11/2012 Educator 46529 Larchmont Drive
Canton, MI 48187
James G. Fausone 11/2004 Attorney 310 Country Club Drive
Canton, MI 48188
Thomas Hartnett 11/2012 Attorney 1461 Hampshire
Canton, MI 48188
Michelle Farell 11/2012 Stay-at-home Mom 47410 Madison Road
Canton, MI 48188

Core Values

  • Relevance
    • We will adapt and grow as our community’s needs change, providing flexible, customizable and evolving collections and services.
  • Access
    • We support the pursuit of individual and community goals by ensuring the open exchange of diverse materials and ideas.
  • Integrity
    • We are respectful of all people at all times and serve our community with excellence.
  • Leadership
    • We will lead with enthusiasm and respond to challenges with creativity and professionalism.

Summer Reading

Summer 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:


This site is based on the Drupal content management framework and many contrib modules. We also used famfamfam's wonderful silk icon set.


Canton Public Library assumes responsibility only for the information that it originates for the 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

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