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Build, explore Ann Arbor on Minecraft with Ann Arbor District Library

No need for social distancing in a virtual Ann Arbor

Visit a virtual Ann Arbor through Minecraft.
Visit a virtual Ann Arbor through Minecraft. (Ann Arbor District Library)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Just because you can’t leave your house doesn’t mean you can’t explore Ann Arbor.

Through Minecraft, the Ann Arbor District Library is encouraging patrons to build their own homes and explore their favorite places and spaces around Ann Arbor.

On a flat map of the Ann Arbor area, creators can add their blocky buildings or homes and look at the creations of others. Most of the downtown Ann Arbor area on the server was created by Jan Wolter, who died in 2015. His work has been preserved and protected through the server.

Parts of downtown are in a protected zone so they cannot be edited unless by registered builders, a status that can be requested by builders who make a sample building on the map and send an email to minecraft@aadl.org.

Learn more about the Minecraft server here or observe from afar without playing here.

Minecraft is an online sandbox game where players can make, modifying or destroy their environment. They can build structures from individual buildings or roads to entire cities among other features.

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Sarah has worked for WDIV since June 2018. She covers community events, good eats and small businesses in Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University.