Troy Public Library

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History of the Troy Public Library

In 1959, the Troy City Commission appointed a ten-member Library Committee to investigate the possiblity of a library for Troy. In June 1962, the Friends of the Troy Public Library formed to help collect books and help finance the project. The Troy Public Library Reading Room, Troy's first library, was opened in September 1962, with a collection of 1,000  books.

Fifty-one years later the Troy Public Library has grown to meet the all the information needs of Troy's residents. What started as a room in the old high school, is now a 40,000 square foot facility which serves over 56,000 patrons and has over 320,000 items available for checkout.


1959 - Troy City Commission creates a Library Commission.
1962 - Troy Public Library Reading Room opens. Two rooms from the high school (3179 Livernois Road) serve as Troy's first library. Friends of the Library collect used books that formed the heart of the 1,000 item collection.
1963 - City Charter amendment creates the Library Board of Trustees.
1965 -  Library moves to 61 East Square Lake Road at Livernois Road.
1967 -  Library moves to 5044 Rochester Road at Long Lake Road.
1968 -  Troy City Commission votes to fund construction of a permanent library with 30-year bonds.
1971 -  Troy Public Library opens in Civic Center Complex at 510 West Big Beaver Road.
1971 - Prominent authors, politicians, and cultural figures write Letters to the Childen of Troy, on the opening of the new Library.
1984 -  Library expansion begins. In 1983, there were over 46,000 patrons and 552,083 items circulated by the Library.
1985 -  Dedication of expanded Library.
1996 - Troy Public Library offers free Internet access to patrons.
2001 -  Library renovation improves space usage and climate control.
2002 -  Annual circulation exceeds 1,000,000 items.
2003 - The Library's Teen Resource Center is created.
2004 - Troy Public Library is ranked number 1 in Michigan among libraries serving populations of 50,000 or more by Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index. Library of Michigan awards Citation of Excellence to Troy Public Library.
2005 - Free High-Speed Wireless Internet access is available throughout the Library.
2006 - Online Program Registration becomes available to Library patrons.
2007 - Special Needs Collection is established through a gift of the Friends of Library.
2009 - Troy Public Library receives the ALA WorldBook award to fund Information Literacy for the Job Seeker program, the only public library in the country to receive this award.
2010 - Troy Public Library is ranked number 10 in the nation among libraries serving populations of 50,000 or more by Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index.