Due to scheduled maintenance, the library website, catalog, and digital resources will be unavailable on Wednesday, December 2 beginning at 9 a.m. Access will be restored on Thursday, December 3. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Oakland County and surrounding areas, FCL is proactively prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and patrons by temporarily closing in-person library service to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. The Farmington Community Library has moved back to Phase 2 of our Reopening Plan. Our hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Library will be closed Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. Read more…

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FCL Temporarily Rolls Back to Phase 2

Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Oakland County and surrounding areas, FCL is proactively prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and patrons by temporarily closing in-person library service to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our community.


Beginning Thursday, November 19, the Farmington Community Library will rollback to Phase 2 of our Reopening Plan. Curbside pickup, phone and electronic reference, and outdoor drop boxes will be available while we temporarily close in-person library services for the next 3 weeks.


Beginning on Monday, November 23, Farmington Community Library will increase the hours for curbside pickup as well as phone and electronic reference. These hours will be: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Outdoor drop boxes for returns will remain open 24/7 at both FCL locations.


Curbside library service will enable library patrons to pick up library holds from the safety of their vehicle. More information on curbside pickup can be found on the Library website.


While FCL's physical buildings will be closed for in-person service, our Digital Library is always open! FCL offers a large variety of digital options including remote library card signup and access to a huge catalog of e-books, e-audiobooks, videos, music, and magazines. FCL cardholders can also access digital learning services from the library website. Gale Courses offers hundreds of instructor-led online courses in a variety of subjects. Students can access BrainFuse for personalized tutoring and homework help. Explore our full digital learning services at www.farmlib.org/databases. FCL virtual programs such as Story Time, ESL Conversation groups, and more are available via Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook Live. Check our calendar at farmlib.org/events.


The rollback to Phase 2 will be effective until December 10. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 infection rates and new daily cases in Oakland County and the State of Michigan, and evaluate the need for further changes with a focus on safety, service, and compliance for the health and safety of our staff and patrons. All FCL service updates will be posted on our website and on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. We thank you for your ongoing patience and support. We will continue to do everything possible to safely deliver the materials, information, programs, and services that you expect and rely on from the Farmington Community Library.


Stay safe and stay inspired!

Warm regards,

Riti Grover, Library Director
Farmington Community Library


On behalf of everyone at the Farmington Community Library, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your patience during the library’s closure! We have missed you! We hope you and yours are well and safe during this pandemic.

We know you are increasingly eager to return materials, check out new materials, and visit our locations, and we want to make sure all of the work is done with the highest standards of safety. That means training our staff, configuring our spaces for appropriate distancing, ensuring we have the necessary PPE and policies in place to keep people safe, and developing new low- and no-contact service models.

Phase One: Material Return | Launched June 25

All items, including interlibrary loan (MeLCat items), accepted via outdoor drop boxes.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 96 hours after you return them to the Library. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 96 hours. Any fines from overdue items will be waived.

We are not accepting donations at this time.

Virtual programming is available.

Phase Two: Contactless Curbside Pickup | Launched July 6 | Temporary Rollback November 19 (Current Phase)

The Library is open for curbside service, with reduced operating hours.

All items, including interlibrary loan (MeLCat items), accepted via outdoor drop boxes.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 96 hours after you return them to the Library. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 96 hours. Any fines from overdue items will be waived.

We are not accepting donations at this time.

Virtual programming is available.

Phase Three: Limited Library Services | Launched September 8

The Library is open for 30-minute visits, with reduced operating hours.

Browse youth, teen and adult circulating collections.

Pick up holds.

Reader’s advisory or reference assistance.

Register or renew library cards.

Self-checkout stations, but you must have library card or scannable digital version.

Curbside service continues to remain open.

All items, including interlibrary loan (MeLCat items), accepted via outdoor drop boxes.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 96 hours after you return them to the Library. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 96 hours. Any fines from overdue items will be waived.

We are not accepting donations at this time.

Virtual programming is available.

Please note, the elevators leading down to the children’s area at the 12 Mile Location (32737 W. 12 Mile Rd.), Farmington Hills, are under renovation and will NOT be available for use.

Guidelines for your safe library experience:

Presence of COVID-19 symptoms - Patrons may NOT enter the library if they are experiencing symptoms such as fever, coughing or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. Please review facts and symptoms on the CDC website.

Visit durations – You are requested to shorten your visits to 30 minutes or less.

Face coverings - "Face covering"- may include any material worn on or over the face that provides a barrier from the top of the bridge of the nose to the chin such as masks, face shields and cloth covering the nose and mouth (such as those worn for religious reasons) are all acceptable. Face coverings that are present but do not fully cover the nose and mouth are not compliant with this policy.

Social distancing - Visitors are required to maintain social distancing by at least 6 feet during their entire time at the library in compliance with the law.

Building occupancy - We are limiting our occupancy to 25 at the Liberty Street and 40 at the 12 Mile location (including staff) in the beginning of this phase. We will be evaluating the situation regularly to make further decisions on the occupancy numbers.

Phase Four: Improving Library Services | Launched October 12

A limited number of computers are available for 30 minute appointments.

Please call the 12 Mile location at 248-553-0300 or the Liberty Street location at 248-553-0321 to make an appointment.

A limited number of computers are available in the Children's Department at both branches for families with children up to age 17. Please call the 12 Mile location Children's Department at 248-848-4315 or the Liberty Street location at 248-553-0321 ext.220 to make an appointment.

Staff assistance is limited in order to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Library headphones are not available. If you need to use headphones, please bring your own, or plan to purchase a pair at the Library for $1 via credit card.

Printing, scanning, copying, and faxing are available.

Staff assistance is limited in order to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Print jobs over $2.00 can be paid by credit card or exact change.

Both library buildings are open for in-person visits.

Visits are limited to 30 minutes or less to look for and check out materials, speak with a librarian, apply for or renew your library card, or use computers (by appointment).

Study rooms, meeting rooms, seating, and restrooms are not available. Please plan ahead.

Face masks are required for all patrons ages 5 and up.

Please maintain 6-ft distance and stay home if you are ill.

The Library will continue to provide curbside pickup service.

Phase Five: Full Library Services | TBD

At this phase, all library services will be returned to normal.

Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

We now welcome patrons who have received a hold notification to pick up your material, including interlibrary loan (MeLCat) materials, via our curbside drive-through. At the 12 Mile location, the curbside pickup location is in the circular drive next to the entrance. At the Liberty Street location, we've designated four parking spots on Liberty St. West of the Library building. There are directional signs and cones to guide you. To help us during this phase, please take a few seconds to review your current hold list and cancel titles you no longer want. This will help our team provide you with the items you do want, as well as move titles to our other waiting patrons.

To Place Items on Hold:

Log into your account on the Library's catalog using your Library card number and PIN.

Find an item you want.

Click "Place a Hold” and confirm your hold request.

Or, you may call 248-553-0300 during library hours to place a hold.

Items placed on hold together may not be ready for pick-up at the same time.

If you don't have a Library card, you cansign up for a Library card remotely.

If you have trouble logging in, please email fclcirc@farmlib.org.

How the Pickup Works When You Arrive at the Library:

In order to reduce wait times, please wait to pick up your items until you receive a notice that your item is ready. Items are held for 7 days. No appointment is needed to pick up your items, but they will not be available until you have been notified.

Drive up to the pickup location and follow the queue. At the 12 Mile location, the curbside pickup location is in the circular drive next to the entrance. At the Liberty Street location, we've designated four parking spots on Liberty St. West of the Library building. There are directional signs and cones to guide you. See the video below for details.

If you are at the 12 Mile location, text "Here" to 248-534-4811 or use our online curbside communicator. We'll ask you to provide your name, Library card number, and a description of your vehicle. If you need additional assistance, please call 248-553-0300 ext.350.

If you are at the Liberty Street location, text "Here" to 248-534-4812 or use our online curbside communicator. We'll ask you to provide your name, Library card number, and a description of your vehicle. If you need additional assistance, please call 248-553-0321 ext.215.

Stay in your car.

Library staff will check out your available items and bring them to your car.

Pop your trunk or roll down your rear window and Library staff will place your items in your vehicle.

What Cannot Be Done at Curbside Pickup:

Donation of materials.

Return of items.

Last-minute requests. Materials not placed on hold cannot be requested at pick-up.


Thank you for your support and patience during this time!

Watch a Curbside and Material Return Demo!

Material Return

To safely return your items:

All items, including interlibrary loan (MeLCat items), must be returned by outdoor drop boxes. Please do not pack your materials in plastic or cardboard containers. Please drop your items in one at a time in the drop box. Please do not leave items outside if the drop boxes are full. We will try to empty them as quickly as possible, but please keep in mind we have more than 30,000 items coming back so we appreciate your cooperation in keeping our items safe.

Returned materials will be quarantined for 96 hours after you return them to the Library. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 96 hours. Any fines from overdue items will be waived.

We are not accepting donations at this time.

Watch a Curbside and Material Return Demo!

FAQs

How do I get a hold of the Library if I have a question?

We're here to help! Call us during open hours at 248-553-0300, or email us at gro.bilmraf@ecnerefer.cinortcele or through our website. You can also contact us on Facebook or Instagram.


Can I borrow and return interlibrary loan (MeLCat) items?

You’ll be able to return interlibrary loan items in library drop boxes until further notice.

You may request MeLCat (interlibrary loan) items from other libraries. Items coming in for you will be quarantined for 4 days before being opened, processed and placed on hold for you. Please keep in mind that items that you are requesting could take 2-4 weeks from the time you request an item until it is placed on hold due to shipping, processing and quarantine time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at lib.loan@farmlib.org or 248-553-6878 during our curbside hours, Monday-Tuesday 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. or Thursday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


Can I still borrow electronic materials?

Yes! Our entire Digital Library including e-books, e-audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows will still be available for use with your Library card. If you don't have a Library card, sign up for one today and get instant access to these materials! We also have numerous research tools and great digital historical collections that you can access.


How will the Library ensure returned books and materials are safe to be redistributed should someone borrowing materials be diagnosed with coronavirus?

Returned materials will be isolated for 96 hours. This means materials will continue to appear on your account for a minimum of 96 hours. Any fines from overdue items will be removed once the items are returned.


Are you offering programming?

All programming will be virtual until further notice. Please check our Events Calendar for details on upcoming programs.


How can I get access to the Internet?

Access the Library’s free Wi-Fi Zones in the South parking lot nearest the Library building at the 12 Mile Location and in the North section of the parking lot nearest the Police Station at the Liberty Street location. Signs are posted for network names and passwords. Please maintain safe distancing and remain in your vehicle.



Information to Help You Know the Facts and Stay Safe

Know the Facts

  • Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
  • People who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or people who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread are at an increased risk of exposure.
  • Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
  • You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

Source: CDC

Protect Yourself and Others

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Source: CDC

Mental Health Warmline

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has a statewide mental health hotline for Michigan residents.

The hotline, or as the state calls it "warmline" will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers.

The warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).

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