The Library Advisory Board members are appointed by the Township Board of Trustees. Each serves a term of 3 years, limited to 2 consecutive terms. Board members are not paid to serve. A member of the Township Board serves as liaison to the Library Board. The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30p in the Library's Conference Room, January through October. The final meeting of the year is on the 1st Wednesday of December.
The goal of the Library Advisory Board is to provide the best possible library service to the citizens of the community. The board does this through review with the Library Director of current library operations and proposed service development as well as through advocacy support with state and federal legislators. The advisory board may also make policy recommendations to the township board of trustees.
The Waterford Township Public Library has a service population of approximately 71,062. The Library, located in the Waterford Civic Center, provides 67 service hours weekly. There are also 8 mini-branch collections managed by the Library’s Outreach Services staff in the senior housing complexes in the community.
Library service in Waterford includes traditional print collections of fiction and non-fiction titles, materials in large print, audio-visual formats that include audio books and feature films on DVD in traditional as well as download formats, and computers for public use. These computers provide access to the Internet, database searching, word processing applications and educational software for children. The library has a staff of full-time master-prepared librarians providing reference and reader’s advisory service and support staff who excel at customer service. The library maintains a website, www.waterford.lib.mi.us, offering remote access to our online catalog of holdings, informational databases that include full-text of magazine articles, downloadable files for electronic readers/players, and the menu of programs offered at the Library which include story times for children ages 0-5.
Waterford Township has a unique relationship with the Waterford School District in that the public library provides consulting services to Waterford School District libraries. The director of the public library serves as coordinator of library services for the district in the areas of library automation and collection development.
Waterford residents interested in being considered for appointment should send a resume and letter of interest in serving on the Library Advisory Board to Joan Rogers, Library Director. For more details call 248.618.7691 during business hours.