Bennett Civic Center Library offers exam proctoring services. Fees for this service are $10 for Livonia residents and $25 for non-residents. Proctoring is done by appointment only. Call the Reference Desk at 734-466-2490 to make arrangements.
Library patrons are encouraged to come to the Library to do Genealogy research on their own. Library staff is available to provide assistance and guidance during our hours of operation.
Use our Genealogy Resources page as a starting point.
A researcher may make requests for obituary information in person, by telephone, fax or email. For people who resided or died in Livonia, we will research the Detroit News from 1980-2001, or the Livonia Observer from 1962 to the present. For requests regarding residents who passed away in Detroit, we suggest using the Detroit Public Library or the State Library of Michigan. We charge a research fee of $10 per name submitted with a date of death. This fee includes copying the obituary and is payable in advance. Payment is required even if no record is found. Please send your request along with a check or money order payable to the Livonia Public Library to: Obituary Requests
Livonia Public Library 32777 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
PRINTING the full name will help ensure accurate results.
Looking for a newer obituary from the Metro Detroit area from 2001 to the current day? Try Michigan Death Notices for free, full-text obituaries that are available online. We have compiled our own index which covers obituaries from the Livonia Observer newspaper from June 1955 - present. To check for your relative, search the index...
Last Name begins with:A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Looking for someone from elsewhere in Michigan? Contact the library in that community by clicking the following link for a list of other libraries in Michigan. Public Libraries.com
Interlibrary Loans and Holds
If an item is checked out or not owned by the library you are visiting, you may place a "hold" on the item. You will be placed on the waiting list for checked out items or it will be shipped from another owning library depending on availability and individual library policies for interlibrary loan. When you are notified that the requested item is available for pick up, you will find it on the "hold shelf" under your last name. The requested item will remain on the hold shelf for 5 days (beginning the day after you are notified). If the item is not picked up in that time period, it will be returned to the owning library. Check it out at the circulation desk as usual.
If an item is not available within Livonia or the Library Network catalog, we will request a copy from libraries around the state of Michigan through the MeLCat network of libraries.
Internet/Microsoft Office Stations
The Bennett Civic Center Library has 22 internet stations for public use (16 adult, 1 fifteen minute express, 2 teen, and 3 children's). All internet stations also have Microsoft Office software and will accept a usb/memory stick. Cost for printing is .15 per page for black and white and .25 per page for color.
Alfred Noble has 8 (6 adult, 2 children's). Carl Sandburg has 8 (6 adult, 2 children's). All stations at at both Noble and Sandburg are equipped with MS Office and internet access.
In compliance with CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act), all public computers are filtered. Internet filters are not perfect. If you find a site that should be blocked, please inform a librarian and steps will be taken to add it to the filter. If you are blocked from a site that you feel should not be filtered, inform the librarian so we can evaluate it and unblock it if has been blocked in error.
Wireless Internet Access
Wireless internet access is available at Noble, Sandburg and Civic Center Libraries. Wireless service is available throughout the building (including the meeting rooms and auditorium). Please note: printing is not available from the wireless network.
There is a scanner available for public use at Civic Center Library. It is near the Print Release station and will scan to a usb/memory stick.
Peripheral Computer Devices
The libraries carry a small supply of usb/memory sticks, headphones and earbuds for purchase.
One-on-One Computer Instruction
At Civic Center Library, specially trained staff will work with you in one hour time blocks on computer and eReaders.. Call the reference desk at 734-466-2490 to book a session.
Keeping up with the Library via Email
If you give us your email address* we'll send you:
1. Check out receipts (you can still get a paper receipt if you like)
2. Date due reminders a few days in advance
3. Holds available notifications
4. A reminder when your card is about to expire
Call the library at 734-466-2491 to have your email address added to your account by a staff member.
5. Subscribe separately to our monthly e-newsletter to keep up with what's happening in the library using the form above.
*Of course, we never sell your email address or spam you.