Ask a Librarian

Use the online contact form to send your questions, comments or suggestions.  To talk to a librarian directly, call 248-437-6431 during library hours.  If you are calling to renew a book, you may call our automated toll free hotline at 888-672-8983.  This service is available 24/7 but you must know your library card number and PIN.

Books, Movies, Music and More...

General Collection

The general collection in the library consists of thousands of fiction and non-fiction items for adults, teens and kids.  In order to check-out items from the library you must first apply for a library card (see: lending information).  To search all items in our collection, go to our catalogs page and click on library catalog.  Once you have a library card you may use it at any of the 65 participating libraries in our network.

Audiobooks and Music CDs

For those that would like to listen to a book, the library offers books on CD and Playaway for kids, teens and adults.  Music CDs are also available in the youth and adult section of the library - ranging from classical to pop/rock.

Book Club Kits

Check out the library’s collection of Book Club Kits. Each kit can be checked out for 6 weeks and includes 10 copies of a title selected by one of our librarians, as well as a discussion guide filled with resources to spark conversation. Additional titles will be purchased throughout the year. Our librarians can also help your group locate author interviews and discussion questions, recommend titles, and assist with getting multiple copies of a book.

Creativity Kits

Check out the library's collection of Creativity Kits. Each kit can be checked out for 2 weeks and comes with easy to understand how-to books and all of the tools and supplies. The collection includes kits for: knitting, circular knitting, loom knitting, crochet, origami, lace making, jewelry making, wood burning, nail art and bottle cutting.

Digital Media Collection 

Our online digital media collection allows you to download e-books (Overdrive), digital magazines (RB Digital) and audiobooks (Overdrive).  Check out our our catalogs page and click on digital media catalog.

Early Literacy

SSLDL is dedicated to facilitating early learning resources and activities. It includes daily age-specific storytimes, a listening station and early learning kits. The listening station enables children to read along with a story as they listen to it through a sound dome. Early learning kits include a variety of books, audiovisual aids, and fun activities centered on different themes. 

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Energy Audit Collection

The library provides "green kits" containing a Kill-A-Watt and Thermal Leak Detector.  A Kill-A-Watt is used to measure the amount of electricity a device or appliance uses.  The Thermal Leak Detector is used to locate areas where hot/cold air is leaking in from outside.  The kits may be checked-out for 2 weeks. To place a hold on our energy audit kit, click here.


SSLDL has a variety of resources to help you with your genealogical research. You can access thousands of census and other historical records using Ancestry Library Edition on any library computer (or laptops using our public Wi-Fi connection). Our Local History and Michigan Collection contain South Lyon High School yearbooks dating back to 1948, as well as books on the history of South Lyon, the surrounding counties and the state of Michigan.  For resource databases you can access online, go to our research page to access information For Genealogists / Historians.

Ghost Hunting Kits

Check out the library's collection of Ghost Hunting Kits. Each kit can be checked out for 1 week and comes with a how-to ghost hunting book, Spirit Box, EVP listening device, EMF meter, motion sensor, thermometer and paranormal activity log.

Learn a Language

The library provides a number of different resources to help you learn a new language.  Come in to the library to view our selection of foreign language dictionaries and audiobooks that guide you through leaning a new language.  You can also visit the SCOLA website for additional language learning resources such as foreign TV programming, lessons, and language learning material.

Low Vision Patrons

The library has over 2,000 large print titles available for check-out at the library. In addition, we have books on CD and Playaways which allow you to listen to a book on the go. If you want to check out a book that isn't large print there are magnifiers that can be checked out for the duration that you have your book.

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The library has a wide range of DVD's and Blu-ray Discs located in the adult and youth areas. Categories include; Movie, TV Series, Foreign Film and Non-Fiction (documentary, travel, exercise, etc.).

Newspapers and Magazines

The library has over 100 newspaper and magazine titles for adults, teens and kids.  Past issues of magazines are kept for approximately one year and may be checked out for 7 days.  For those looking for product information from Consumer Reports, the library carries a subscription to access reviews online while at the library.

Computers & Technology

Computer Stations

There are forty computers throughout the library with high-speed Internet and Microsoft Office 2013 Suite (includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access) available on all stations.  All stations are first-come-first-serve and allow for unlimited use.  Computer availability is limited only during scheduled computer classes that are held in the computer lab.  Printing is $.10 per page in black & white and $.40 for color.

Copy Machine

Our copy machine has a number of features for patrons use:

  • Make black & white copies (price per side - $.10 letter/$.15 legal or tabloid)
  • Make color copies (price per side - $.40 letter/$.60 legal or tabloid)
  • Scan documents and pictures to USB drive or email (no cost)
  • Scan to Cloud services - Google Drive, Office 365, Dropbox, Evernote, SalesForce and Sharepoint (no cost)
  • Scan a document to a word or excel file that you can edit (no cost)


You can send and receive faxes through our public fax service at the circulation desk.  The fax number to receive documents is 248-437-6593.  Fees for the service are as follows:

  • Sending: US & Canada $1.00 / page
  • Sending: International $3.00 / page
  • Receiving: $.50 / page

Wireless Internet & Printing

Wireless Internet is available for laptops and other mobile devices. To access the wireless network, connect to the "public" access point while in the library. To print a document from your computer, go to our online printing portal. This service can be used by laptop users in the library, PC users at home and smart phone users. Documents can be released to a printer from any library computer.

Events & Classes

The library hosts a number of events & classes for adults, teens and kids, ranging from computer classes to storytimes.  All events and classes are open to the public at no charge (unless noted in the description). To view and RSVP/Enroll for upcoming events or classes, go to our calendar page.

For Purchase

Books, Movies, Music and More...

Purchase used books, movies, music and more in our Friends of the Library Book Sale Room where most items are priced between $.25 - $4.00.  This room is made possible by Friends of the Library volunteers and book donations from local residents.


While all library computers have ports for headphones, the library does not lend headphones for patron use.  Headphones may be purchased at the library vending machine for $1.25.

Stamps / Envelopes

Stamps and envelopes are available for purchase at the library.  Stamps are 49 cents and envelopes are 10 cents.  We have a post office box available outside the library with pick-up taking place Monday - Saturday at noon.

Tote Bags

Go green and purchase a tote bag to transport your library books home.  Purchase one on your way out at the circulation desk for $4.00.

USB Flash Drives

USB flash drives can be purchased at the library vending machine starting at $8.00 for 4 GB - they can be used to store documents at any computer and/or when using the scanning function on our copy machine.

Mobile / Tablet Apps

Mobile Library Catalog

Browse the library catalog, place items on hold and renew items from your mobile phone on an Apple or Android device. Click on the appropriate link below from your mobile phone or search for the “LibraryAnywhere” app from your phone's marketplace.

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Digital Media Collection App

Browse the library’s digital media catalog and download e-books and audiobooks to your Apple, Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone 7 device. Click here from your device or search for the “OverDrive Media Console” app from your phone.



Bring your old newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail, and paper at any time and recycle it in the large green and yellow bins in our parking lot. The library receives money for every ton collected. Since 2008, we’ve earned over $900 from this program. Please, no books, food boxes or cardboard.

Seasonal Programs, Events & Services

Community Reads

In cooperation with neighboring libraries, Salem-South Lyon District Library offers a Community Reads Program that brings community members together to read and discuss the same literary work, and take part in events hosted by various libraries.  In addition, a teen focused program is offered every year in the spring.  For more details, visit the Neighborhood Library Association website.

Every Kid In a Park

Free entry to parks for 4th graders. For more information visit: 

Michigan Activity Pass

The Michigan Activity Pass program is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 414 arts and cultural organizations, state parks, campgrounds, museums, recreation areas and historic sites. The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide reduced cost or complimentary access to such places across the state of Michigan, from Monroe to Mackinaw City to Marquette, and all points in between.  For more information, click here.

Summer Reading Program

Our annual Summer Reading Program is open to all ages with registration beginning the last day of school for South Lyon schools. Adults, teens and kids receive prizes for reading throughout the summer. For more information, visit our events calendar here.

Tax Forms

Tax forms are available at the library from late-January through April.  Tax booklets and forms provided by the state and federal government can be picked up in our tax form area at no cost.  If you require a form to be printed out, there is a $.10 per page charge.  For our tax form resource center, click here.

Voter Information

The library is a polling place for Salem Township's 2nd Precinct.  To access our voting resource center, click here.

Zoo Ticket Discounts

Plan on visiting the Detroit Zoo this summer? Use your Library card to receive $2.00 off your ticket prices when you purchase them ahead of time online at

Study Rooms

Four study rooms are available within the library. Rooms can hold between four and twelve occupants and may be reserved up to seven days in advance for up to two hours at a time.  To reserve a room, click here. To view our study room policy, including room forteiture, click here.

Test Proctoring

Exams must be scheduled by appointment at least two weeks in advance. Exams may be taken only on Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am-9pm (further time restrictions may apply due to proctor availability). Exams may not be scheduled on week-ends.  The Library cannot provide direct in-room supervision of the student during the test. The Library will conform to the testing institution's conditions for proctoring to the extent possible under normal staffing schedules. It is the student's responsibility to follow up with the institution to ascertain that the test was received. The Library will not keep copies of test materials.  This service will be free for residents (excluding postage); there is a $25 fee per exam for non-residents plus postage.Testing arrangements and proctoring appointments must be made in advance, either by phone, 248.437.6431, or contact form.  The Library can accommodate both paper and online examinations.  For paper examinations needing to be mailed back by the library, there is a $5.00 postage fee.