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General Information

Computers - Envisionware

Public computers at the Sterling Heights Public Library are equipped with EnvisionWare, a computer software management system.

  1. Why does the library use this system?
    EnvisionWare is installed to make better use of the computers by providing more equitable access to all users.
  2. Do I need a library card to use the computer?
    Yes, users must enter their 14-digit library card number (with no spaces between numbers) and their 4-digit pin in order to use the computers. If you do not have your library card, a guest card will be issued for $3. These guest cards are available at the circulation desk. There are two computers with library catalog access on the first floor and two on the second floor which do not require a library card number.
  3. How long can I use the computer?
    Session length depends on location. There are three categories: filtered, unfiltered (you must be 18 years of age), and word processing. If no one is waiting for a computer, there is no limit on the number of sessions, and no time limit on the adult computers. The youth computers can be used for a maximum of 4 hours per day.
  4. What if I need more time?
    Sessions can be extended in 20 minute increments, if no one is waiting for the computer. Follow the prompts on the computer screen to extend sessions.
  5. How will I know when my time is up?
    A clock bar appears when you log on. It gives the time remaining in the session. Warnings that the session is ending begin to appear 15 minutes before time is up. If you are using word processing software, we suggest you save often and bring a flash drive to save your work. If needed, flash drives are available at the circulation desk for $9.
  6. If I leave the computer to look for a book, will my session be timed out?
    You can lock the computer by clicking on the Lock button on the clock bar and entering a password of your choosing. The clock will continue to count down, but you will not be timed out until the end of the session is reached. If you dont lock the computer, someone else could use your remaining time.
  7. What do I do when Im finished with my session?
    Log out by clicking on the End Session button.
  8. Does the library monitor what sites I visit on the Internet?
    No, there is no record kept of what sites you visit. The software simply says the computer is free or in use. When you click on the Done button, the session is cleared.
  9. What do I do if all the computers are in use?
    If all the computers are being used, you may get on the waiting list by giving your library card number to the librarian at the second floor Information Desk.

The library accepts donations of books and other materials at any time. We will issue a receipt for the number of hard or soft-cover books or other items donated. We do not assign a monetary value. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

Donated items should be in good to excellent condition This means no books with torn covers, out-of-shape spines, worn, dirty, smelly, dusty, etc.
Recent fiction books, children's books, cookbooks, computer books, craft books. videos, puzzles, games, audiocassettes, self-help books, classics, CD's, LP's, new magazines, and diet books are always popular.

How To Donate:

Donations may be brought to the Friends Book Store, the circulation counter, or to the library's back loading dock.



All employment for the library is handled by the city of Sterling Heights. Call the city at 586-446-CITY for more information or go to the city's website at

Extension Services

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty reading books, magazines, newspapers, or other everyday materials, the Sterling Heights Public Library is ready to help. Extension Services offer special materials and services that make these everyday tasks easier to do, such as:

  • Special Materials: Over 6,000 Large Print books including the latest best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, and non-fiction are available at the library and the deposit collection sites. Fiction and non-fiction books in both abridged and full-text formats are available on audiocassette and CD for your listening pleasure at the library.
  • Book Stop Library: This weekly service allows Sterling Heights residents who are unable to visit the library have the library materials home delivered at no cost.
  • Deposit Collections: The Sterling Heights Public Library maintains large-print deposit collections at various senior residence sites in the city.
  • Talking Books and Players: These materials are available from the Macomb County Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Contact the library at 586-286-1580; TDD 586-286-9940; or on the Internet.
  • Contact: For more information on any of these services, contact Jason Groth at 586-446-2669.
Inter Library Loan

The Sterling Heights Public Library is able to borrow books for its users from any library belonging to the Suburban Library Cooperative shared system. If the requested book is not held in any member library, a search on MeLCat, the statewide catalog, can be done.

Library patrons that need assistance can see a librarian at either the Youth Services or Adult Services reference desk.


Ann Marie Given International Language Collection:

Approximately five years ago, the Sterling Heights Public Library began its own foreign language collection. Its purpose is to service the diverse ethnic communities and many foreign language programs in the area. Generous donations by patrons, staff members, and our own Friends of the Library have allowed the collection to continue to grow. Twenty-three international languages are currently represented: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Malayalam, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The collection is located on the second floor of the library.

Special Collections

In Adult Services:

  • Audiobooks: Fiction and nonfiction audiobooks on CD can be found on the first floor in the audiovisual area.
  • Careers Collection: Contains books for junior and senior high school students exploring their vocational interests.
  • Music on CD: This collection includes vocal, sound track, country-western, jazz, classical, and instrumental selections. They circulate for a 2-week loan period and can be found in the audiovisual area on the first floor.

  • Ann Marie Given International Language Collection: This circulating collection of fiction and non-fiction titles in various foreign languages is located on the library's second floor.
  • DVDs: Award winning films, television shows, documentaries, and other educational DVDs are available in the audiovisual area on the first floor.
  • BLURAYS: A collection of BluRay movies is located in the audiovisual area on the first floor.
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Collection: We offer books, tapes, CDs, and videocassettes for those learning English. This collection is located on the second floor near the International Language Collection.
  • Paperback Classics: Multiple copies of classics and other titles that are required reading for school assignments can be found on the second floor.
  • Cliff Notes: Can be found on the second floor near the classic paperback collection.
  • Large Print Collection: A collection of fiction and non-fiction titles in a print size approximately three times larger than normal. For the convenience of our patrons, this collection is found on the first floor.
  • Magazines and Newspapers: The library subscribes to approximately 350 general interest periodicals. Current issues can be found on the first floor near the front of the library. Older issues are available on shelves behind the current issues.
  • Oral History Collection: An archive of oral history audiotapes and transcriptions reflecting the history of Sterling Heights from rural times to its future as a municipality.
  • Videogames: A collection of Wii videogames is available on the first floor of the library in the audiovisual area thanks to the generous funding of the Friends of the Library.
  • Young Adult Collection: Includes popular paperback series and hardcover fiction and can be found on the first floor.

In Youth Services:

  • Music on CD: Songs, sound effects, ethnic music, sound tracts, and music appreciation for our younger patrons.

  • Children's Literature Collection: Books focusing on reading readiness, storytelling, and writing for children aimed at parents and educators.
  • Helen Williams Collection: Helen Southgate Williams, a children's literature consultant, contributed many books to the Sterling Heights Public Library. These books are identified by a sticker of a woman reader.
  • Large Print Titles: Books are interfiled with the juvenile fiction. Look for a LT on the spine.
  • Magazines: Children's magazines are kept for a two-year period. Titles include information on crafts, scouting, nature, computers, sports, etc.
  • Newbery and Caldecott Reference Collection: A reference copy of each award winner is available near the reference desk for in-house use only.
  • Videocassettes: Both fiction and non-fiction children's videos can be found in the Youth Services audiovisual area on the first floor.
Memorial Honor Book Program

Remember someone special with honor or memorial books.


Books are a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, to say thank you to someone, to extend get-well wishes, to congratulate a friend or family member on a special accomplishment, or to honor a special teacher.

Books honor the memory of loved ones and serve as living tributes that enrich the community.

For a donation of $25 or more, a bookplate will be placed in an honor/memorial book and a letter sent to the person or family being honored. Other donations will be acknowledged with a letter sent to the person or family being honored.

In addition to books, other items are available for tributes such as videos, audiocassettes, compact discs, and magazine subscriptions.

If you would like to honor or memorialize a friend or family member with a gift book to the library, you may use forms available throughout the library, print a form by clicking here (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader), email the Library, or call us at 586-446-2640 for more information. Your contribution is tax deductible.


There are more than 70 libraries participating in MILibraryCard. A complete list can be found at Cardholders should have the MILibraryCard sticker applied at their "home" library.


Black and white printing is 10 cents per sheet; color printing is $1 per sheet.

Library Cable Channel Schedule

History: According to a 1982 library newsletter article, "if you have cable television in your home, you have a direct link to the latest in library information." That was the year that the library channel began broadcasting on cable television. Of course, this "direct link" actually meant viewers reading character-generated text on their television screens.

The Friends commissioned composer Richard Threet to write music to be broadcast with the library's first video productions in 1983. By the Spring of 1985, the Library Cable Channel was broadcasting storytimes, discussions with authors such as Sherwood Anderson, art programs, and a nature discovery series.

Between 1990 and 1991, more educational programs were added to the cable schedule thanks to LSCA Title I funds. Programming hours were increased from six to eight hours a day, with over 30,000 homes in the city wired for cable.

The library broadcasts on Channel 12 on Comcast, Channel 18 on W.O.W. and Channel 99 on AT&T U-verse. If you have any program suggestions or requests, contact the Library at (586) 446-2669 or by e-mail.

Volunteers of the Year

The Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Sharon Cicilian has been selected as Volunteer of the Year for 2013.

Past recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award are:

  • 1987: Susan & Victor Martin and Doreen & Jon Lawrence
  • 1988: Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority
  • 1989: Barbara Hartley
  • 1990: Joan Freehan
  • 1991: Pauline Teske
  • 1992: Patricia Dresch
  • 1993: Rudy Erdody
  • 1994: Christine Konior
  • 1995: Laura Pickett
  • 1996: Denise Shepard
  • 1997: Margaret Kelly
  • 1998: James & Joan Waldrop
  • 1999: Patricia White
  • 2000: Lorraine Schuch
  • 2001: Hilda Derby
  • 2002: Donna Sutherland
  • 2003: Camille Rost
  • 2004: Barbara Murawski
  • 2005: Diane Sangster
  • 2006: Deanna Sadlowski
  • 2007: Barbara VanSyckel
  • 2008: Joan Niedballa
  • 2009: Jo Berthet
  • 2010: Nancy Todorovich
  • 2011: Lori Rice
  • 2012: Mary Lou Metzger
  • 2013: Sharon Cicilian
Library Art Work


Click on the artwork below for more details.


The Bears

In 1980, the Friends of the Library began a fund drive to raise the money to purchase The Bears, a sculpture by Marshall Fredericks. On October 25, 1981, The Bears sculpture was dedicated, beginning a week-long celebration of the Library's 10th Anniversary. The sculpture lived in the courtyard outside the old library entrance until May 24, 2001 when it was moved to the front of the renovated library.

In Use

In Use, a Sculptural Relief by Ronald Farrington Sharp, was commissioned by the Friends of Sterling Heights Public Library in 1995.

C is for Cat

C is for Cat by Ann LaRose was presented to the library by the Friends of the Library in memory of Patricia Dresch, former Friends President, who passed away in 2001. The sculpture is a wonderfully enchanting piece depicting a young girl reading a book to her cat.

Andrea Notte Memorial

Andea Notte's sculpture is a bronzed statue of a girl reading a book. The sculpture was purchased through donations in memory of Andrea Notte, late daughter of Mayor and Mrs. Richard Notte in 2001.

Discovering New Worlds

Discovering New Worlds by Kay Worden was donated to the Library by the Law Firm of O'Reilly, Rancilio, Nitz, Andres & Turnbull, P.C. in honor of the City of Sterling Heights 25th Silver Anniversary in 1993.

Map of the World

The work, by local artist Ken Pellar, is sandblasted glass on a copper backboard showing a relief map of the world. Ken began experimenting with sandblasting and now has works on display in local offices and libraries. Since a photograph does not capture the detail of this work, take a look for yourself. You will find Pellar’s work on the first floor east wall near the copy machines.

Lobby Alcove

The sculpture in the alcove above the Programming Center, Boy and Girl Reading on Bench, was dedicated to Children's Librarian Judy Kotulis in recognition of her outstanding service to our community’s children from the Friends of the Library.

Atrium Memorial

The new sculpture in the atrium on the library’s first floor was donated in memory of Adria Cory Damiano, March 10, 1980 - May 6, 2004. The inscription reads, “Our beautiful daughter who loved to read. She lives in our hearts forever.” From her parents, Alan and Jane Damiano.

Lobby Alcove - Passages

Journeys, by the sculptor/interior designer team of Douglas Chick and Lisa Berman. The artists describe their work as “a model depicting multiple paths of enrichment, encouraging pursuit of one’s own particular interests; be it education in literature, music, the arts, nature, everything to nurture one’s intellectual soul. The paths, consisting of colorfully painted copper metal strips, incorporate and envelop the person’s uniqueness, shown as a silhouette within itself, along with icons of available resources. As the paths dynamically wind around a solid global sphere, they energetically merge together as the family unites, standing in harmony, ready to continue their journey supported by the library’s strong establishment of community.”