The Alfred Noble library, designed by Gunnar Birkerts & Associates opened on April 24, 1967, replacing the South Branch library that had previously operated out of a store front beginning in 1958.
It was named after Livonia born & raised civil engineer Alfred Noble (not to be confused with Alfred Nobel of the Nobel Peace Prize) who was most well known for his work on the Soo Locks and the Panama Canal.
The 12,175 square foot facility served as Livonia's main library until the opening of the Civic Center library in 1988, but continued to serve the community until October 21, 2019 when the building was closed due to water leaks and mold issues. Despite talk of remediation and reopening, it has remained closed to the public ever since. Livonia City Hall annouced intent to demolish the library in fall of 2022.
There are several ways you can help! You can help by attending Livonia City Council meetings and voicing your opinon that the library should be preserved and reopened, place our printable flyer in your home, business or car window, sign our Change.org Petition and join in the discussion on our Facebook Group! A full list of our social media presence can be found in the Contact Us section below.
We are a group of current and former residents that support the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Alfred Noble Library. We believe that the structure adds value to the community, deserves to be celebrated for its architectural significance and that it is the responsibility of the City of Livonia to invest in Alfred Noble after being complicit in its gradual decline.
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