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Ann Arbor District Library will fully reopen on July 12

AADL's Traverwood branch has undergone renovations and will reopen on March 2, 2020.
AADL's Traverwood branch has undergone renovations and will reopen on March 2, 2020. (Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor District Library announced it will fully reopen all five of its locations on Monday, July 12 at noon.

According to the announcement, the library aims to open with as little restrictions as possible while lowering the risk of future closures due to COVID.

Staff are currently working on configuring the library spaces back to a browsing setting and are preparing services, software and collections for the reopening.

The library will be open seven days a week from noon to 8 p.m. and will plan to restore regular hours by September.

Ahead of the reopening, all locations will be closed July 9-11 to allow staff to remove contactless lobby pickup infrastructure and shelves.

According to the AADL announcement, when the library reopens:

  • All collections available for browsing
  • All public seating available at all locations
  • Hold shelves and self-checkout stations return
  • Public computing, printing and copying return
  • Some outdoor events this summer, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and others
  • All meeting and study rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Room bookings, rentals, exhibits, and indoor events resume in September
  • Shelf Service and Printout Pickup Service will continue

Renovations and improvements to the AADL system will include, according to the release:

  • Newly renovated bathrooms in the Downtown kids department
  • All-new energy-efficient LED lighting in the Downtown kids department
  • New carpet and flooring installed throughout the second floor of the Downtown Library
  • New movable shelving on the 1st floor of the Downtown Library
  • New Lobbytorium Gallery Screen at the Downtown Library
  • Newly renovated 4th floor program room and podcast studio at the Downtown Library
  • New power outlets for 4th floor atrium seating
  • New paint and minor repairs throughout all five AADL locations
  • Generators being added to Malletts Creek, Pittsfield, and Traverwood Branches

“Thank you for your patience, and for continuing to use your library over the past year,” read the release. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone back!”

For more information, visit www.aadl.org/reopening.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.