Malletts Creek Closing at 6:00 PM

Due to a malfunction in the lighting system at Malletts Creek, there is no outdoor lighting of the parking lot and dropbox area. For the safety of everyone using the branch, we are closing at 6:00 PM, and expect to be closing at 6:00 PM until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. All other locations are open regular hours.

We thank you in advance for your patience. We will get things lit and back to normal as soon as possible.


Construction Update: The Fence is Down!

The front entry construction is complete. Please come on downtown to the Library and let us know what you think.


Downtown Construction Update: Downtown Library Opens on Saturday, June 13

The Downtown Library will reopen on Saturday, June 13, at 9:00 AM. Access will remain limited to the north, and we strongly caution pedestrians to not walk in traffic on Fifth Avenue. We are midpoint in the construction process for the work on the front of the building. There is still a lot of demolition work to be done, so the noise and dust are with us for a few more weeks.

We took advantage of the necessary closure to have new carpeting installed in the Children's Room and on the Third Floor. We also moved many collections to different floors so that room for expansion in most collections is now possible. Maps will be posted at each floor and available at all service desks. No collections were reduced in size or eliminated. Please ask us if you cannot find what you are looking for on Saturday.

Until Saturday,


Construction Closure - Downtown Library Closed for Approximately Two Weeks

The Downtown Library will be closed beginning Friday, May 29 due to the Front Porch Construction Project. The length of the closure is undetermined at this time but estimated at two weeks. The front entry doors and all of the concrete on the current porch to the north are being replaced during this phase of the project. In addition, carpeting is being replaced on two floors and several collections are being shifted to allow for growth in the collection. The public stairway is also being sanded and painted, and a new programming space is being outfitted in the Lower Level. We realize how inconvenient this is for the hundreds of people who use the Downtown Library each day, but it will be a much better environment from the outside in when the work is completed. We hope that you will continue to use the Library at one of the four branch locations while Downtown is closed.

In expectation of the closure, no Library items are due after May 29 and before June 12, however, the Downtown Library dropbox on William Street will be available. Downtown Library hold items will be available at Traverwood Branch at opening on Friday, May 29.

Book donations to the FAADL, usually made at the loading dock off William Street, cannot be accepted on May 29, 30, or 31.


A Great Year at AADL

This past year at the Library marked some important milestones including the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Malletts Creek, and the 5th anniversary of the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled@aadl. The AADL was named, once again, a Five Star Library and we encourage you to watch our annual report to see how you and your family figure into what can only be described as astonishing use by this community of its public library.

It is an honor to be one of the 200 or so persons who work each day to provide library services in our community, and we all thank you for your support.


Annual Report 2013-2014

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Malletts Creek Is Open

Power has been restored in the Malletts Creek area, and the library branch is now open. We are sorry for any inconvenience this late opening today at Malletts Creek may have caused you or your family.


Pittsfield Branch is Closed Wednesday, November 19

The Pittsfield Branch is closed today, Wednesday November 19, due to problems with the HVAC system. Events and programs scheduled for today will be cancelled or rescheduled. Check the Events listing for updates.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


Our Stars Are YOUR Stars

AADL has again been named a 5 Star Library in the Annual Index of Public Library Service. We remain the only 5 Star Library in MI, and we congratulate the West Bloomfield Public Library on its 4 Star achievement this year. This effort led by Library Journal since 2008 collects data that all public libraries are required to compile and then sorts and ranks within expenditure categories. Hundreds of libraries are included in this ranking. AADL is fifth of ten with 5 Stars in its expenditure category.

Annual visits, circulation, programming attendance, and computer usage per capita are the measures. It is the outcome of those numbers that we most care about, and those measures are yours. They tell us of your quick trip in to pick up an item on hold. That you think it is worth it to get a squirming toddler into a pumpkin suit for a rainy and cold Halloween event at the Library. The numbers tell us that you attend some of the hundreds of events or programs occurring in library buildings each year. They tell us that sometimes sitting in front of a fire with the paper in a place that is not home, but like home, is where you wish to be. Without you AADL would not have the highest per capita rate of circulation in the US in a public library with a budget over $9 million. That alone is an important statement about this community.

The AADL exists to provide library service to its citizens. While we know that we need to work every day to achieve that for you, and while we know these numbers do not tell the whole story, it is a good beginning and we thank you for the opportunity.

Congratulations. Our stars are YOUR stars.


Friends of AADL Bookshop in New Location Downtown

Join us in welcoming the Book Shop back to business and in a new location in the Downtown Library. The shop is located in the northwest corner of the First Floor where the Teen space has been for the past decade. Teens are now "under the atrium" on the Third Floor.

The FAADL Shop will be open 7 days a week and offers great buys on used books in a warm and bright space. Visit their website for complete info on the shop and updates on their offerings.

Join the Friends of AADL and support the Library!


Downtown Elevator Repair Update: Downtown Library Is Open

The work to replace casings for a new jack for the Downtown public elevator is completed, and the Downtown Library is open. The last phase of the work is scheduled for next week, and we anticipate another closure for the installation of the new jack. That work is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, August 27. The public elevator is not functioning, and those visiting the Library who are not able to use the stairs should ask for assistance. Staff will escort them through the building using the freight elevator.

Any HOLD items remaining at Traverwood that originated Downtown, have been returned to Downtown and are available Downtown. The period for picking up these items will be extended through Friday, August 29. We realize this has been an inconvenience for many, and we do apologize.

The elevator work is nearing completion, but another closure will occur and while we expect that to happen on Wednesday, August 27, one thing we have learned is that things can change. Please check back here for updates and an announcement about next week's closure.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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