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Shelby Township Library

The Shelby Township Library opened to the public in August of 1972. During its first week, it was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback and welcomed its first 515 registered patrons.


In April of 1973, the library joined what is now the Suburban Library Cooperative, allowing it to receive and borrow materials from all other libraries in Macomb County. Today, the library consists of 12,500 square feet, 100,500 collections, 310 programs and 27 computers.

Topday patrons can access the library through the catalog, located on the library's website at www.shelbytwplib.orgThe online catalog includes the holdings of the public libraries throughout Macomb County, Harper Woods and Troy Public Libraries. The Shelby Township Library's website also gives you access to audiobooks, ebooks, video and music. 

Construction is moving along on the new 26,000-square-foot Shelby Township Library. Crews are at full capacity following delays from the COVID-19 shutdown. Crews installed the parking lot, and plans are in place for steel structures to go up after the installation of utility lines to provide power, fiber optic lines, cable and internet to the site.

The new library features increased space for children’s programming, a technology lab, a dedicated teen area, four meeting rooms and five study rooms among other added amenities that are absent for the current library at 51680 Van Dyke Ave.


“The process of planning the new Shelby Township Library has been joyful work,” Ester said. “We have an outstanding team of architects, engineers and designers that are working with us to plan a library that meets our needs and is a functional yet beautiful space. Obtaining site plan approval is an exciting step towards our groundbreaking day. Truthfully, every step that gets our Shelby Township residents closer to walking through the doors of their new library is a thrilling one.”


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At it’s Nov. 20, 2018 meeting, the Board approved a preliminary budget of $11.2 million for the new library. The added facility will be paid for with budgeted, saved funds and require no tax increase, no debt, no bonding and no borrowing. Following the site plan approval by the Board of Trustees, the next step in the process will be for the township engineer to post a request for proposals for construction.



“Now that we know where the building will sit, and what it will look like, the only step left will be to build it,” Stathakis said. “That’s a significant step, but we are closer than ever to giving our township its first-ever standalone library.”

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Friends of the Shelby Township Library
The Friends of the Shelby Township Library is an independent non-profit library support organization that fundraises for the library. These funds afford the library an opportunity to purchase collections and furniture, schedule innovative programming and offer new services which help make the Shelby Township Library a stronger presence in our community.

The Friends of the Library meet at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month, January through October, in the library at 51680 Van Dyke Ave. Newcomers are always welcome. Members of the Friends pay small yearly membership dues, and Friends volunteers run year-round book sales that add up to a significant source of support for our local hometown library. Consider joining the Friends today by filling out a registration form here.

Friends Officers

Joanne Allen, President
Maryann Ross, Vice President
Marie Nickson, Treasurer
Carol & Jerry Chotkowski, Membership Co-Chairs


Library Advisory Commission
The Library Advisory Commission is an oversight committee of up to six members, appointed by the Township Board of Trustees, who review library practices and policies, provide input and advice, and advocate for the Library's principles and goals. Commission members serve 5-year terms. The Library Advisory Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month, at 6 p.m. in the Library located at 51680 Van Dyke. The public is welcome to attend.

Current Commission members are:

Ronald Black
Thomas Hetes
Joanne Allen
Marie Nickson
Jennifer Simko


Director Katie Ester
Shelby Township Library
51680 Van Dyke Ave.
Shelby Township, MI 48316
Phone: 586-739-7414
Fax: 586-726-0535
Hours of Operation: 9 AM-8 PM (Monday through Thursday); 9 AM-5 PM (Friday and Saturday); Closed Sunday