Canton Public Library serves more than 85,000 residents of Canton. Their mission statement is "The Canton Public Library connects your community."

The library is located at 1200 S. Canton Center Rd in Canton.


CPL lends books, DVDs and video games. Ebooks are available through the website. They also have some non-media items like Kill a watt energy meters.

There is free WiFi in the building as well as computers with internet access. Jungle Java has set up shop at the entrance to provide coffee to library patrons.

On Thursdays, the closing announcement is sung to the tune of children's songs.

The Children's Department offers weekly walk-in storytimes for children up to age 5. Special stories, songs, and activities are all part of the fun.

ABC Activity Time is also available after storytimes, which offers early childhood education through play and educational toys.

Special programs are offered for school-aged children and tweens throughout the year. Details are available online in the library's program calendar, as well as the Connections booklet.

By The Numbers

  • CPL contains approximately 270,600 unique titles and 307,300 total materials
  • Canton Public Library is the busiest single-branch library in the state
  • 1,796,819 items circulated in 2008 - an increase of over 11% from 2007
  • Set a one-day circulation record of 12,167 items on June 16, 2008
  • Issued 8,835 library cards in 2008
  • Over 75% of cardholders are Canton residents
  • Facility is 53,000 square feet
  • International language collection: Over 5,000 items in 21 languages
  • Employs 127 people in full-time, part-time, seasonal and on-call positions


Eva Davis is the library director.

Members of the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees are James G. Fausone, Kimberly Schulz, Michael Siegrist, George Snow, Don Turner, and Colleen Van Auken.


The library ceased publishing and mailing a printed newsletter effective January 2012. For library news and information,subscribe to the enewsletter, published monthly.

Reference services

CPL reference librarians can be reached online during business hours via chat for quick reference questions.


The library needs people to help out around the library. More information and application form. Tweens (grades 5-6) can earn volunteer hours by joining the Tween Advisory Board.

External Links

News references

Canton Public Library stories in the Canton Observer this week