Westgate Will Open on Tuesday, September 6

The Westgate branch of the AADL will open on Tuesday, September 6 at 9:00 AM. We invite you to visit this newly renovated location, and to join us there for a public celebration on Sunday, September 18, at 12:00 PM. We will have music, food, and fun for all ages at this celebration of a new library in a familiar place.



so cool cant wait

Westgate has always been my branch. It will be so great when it opens!

Can't wait to check it out

Really appreciate the update. I live nearby and always peek in - it's looking great!

Great to hear. I am looking forward to Westgate reopening since it is the closest branch to our house.

Thank you for the update. We're dying for it to open and it's glad to hear some news.

it will be nice to have it up and running for the 2017 summer game

Great news! Always impressed when major construction projects somehow finish on schedule. There's so many variables. (No, this isn't intended to be a swipe at projects that aren't completed by original projected dates.) So, excellent managing the projections and everything else, AADL!

My family peers through the windows of the Westgate branch every time we are at Westgate. It's looking great inside! Can't wait to enjoy it.

Thank you for keeping this branch on the west side!

We cannot WAIT! And thanks for the idea to peer in, doctor fang. We will definitely head over there to peer. My kids are most anxious to attend events there.

New and improved libraries are the best! :)

I, too, am dying for "my" branch to reopen.

I've peeked into the windows and I really like what I've seen so far.

Yes! Looking in the window I can see all the new space coming. Can't wait!

I am so excited for it to open again. It is the closest branch for me, so it would be great if it has a better studying atmosphere like the other branches.

REALLY looking forward to the reopening! I noticed we could order our summer game shop items to this location... is it open for picking that up? I chose a different location just in case that wasn't okay.

Can't wait. It is looking good from the outside.

Excellent news! Hopefully the parking area behind the building will have easy access.

It will be great to have Sweetwaters at the new West Branch, too.

Can't wait to see this much deserved renovation!

I can't wait to use this branch again!

I can't wait to see the expansion! I hope there is an opening celebration.

Very excited to see all the improvements.

The reception should feature food available at the Westgate Shopping Center!

It looks beautiful! Like everyone else, can't wait to see it when the work is completed. Thank you for sending the video of the work in progress.

Good news!

So glad this project is still on track for its opening!

Peeked in today -- it looks gorgeous! Had a nice chat with a fellow library enthusiast who was also peering in!


I also noticed a lot of greasy hand and nose prints at the back window. I am so excited by the back entrance.

Can't wait! Thanks for the updates!

Yay! We're very excited. I hope it's good.

Saw the video walkthru on Facebook. Looks like it's going to be great!!

I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around the new layout. It looks amazing!

Good to hear! Can't wait to visit the new and improved branch .

I too have been peering in regularly, and love following the progress. Even though I live within walking distance, I am very excited for all the patrons who get to use the back parking lot. That area has been underutilized for years!

This is great news!
I eagerly await the reopening of "my" branch library.

I read about people peeking in - maybe you could post a Game Code inside...?

I heard that the final summer game party might be held at the same time as a grand-reopening but doesn't look like that will happen now, eh?

That's great to hear!
I sent in an email offering volunteer time!

I'm hoping to volunteer!

As much as I have enjoyed trekking out to the Pittsfield branch, I am so excited that our branch is opening soon! Great job in getting everything done on time. From what we can see, the library looks amazing. I know we will not be disappointed.

Congratulations! Another fine addition to an already excellent and community-focused library system. Thank you all! Looking forward to it.

That's great news! We can't wait to see it.

I watched the video tour. It looks beautiful.I've been going to the library
since it was in the lower level of the old Frieze building. I appreciate how
thoughtfully the expansions have been made.
Thank you all for your work on this project.

The library and Sweetwaters together. What a great idea!

Saw the Facebook video- looks great!

I was in that plaza today and noticed the Sweetwaters signage. How exciting!

Excited, too! I didn't realize there was a video on Facebook. Thanks for that comment. But can't find it - what's the date?

I'm so excited!!!!!:)

Just wondering if parking will still be a problem. Can't wait to visit.

The very good news is that the branch has an entrance in the rear of the shopping center and there is ample parking out back. Please drive around the Rite Aid end of the center and back to the south west corner and you will see that parking does not need to be a problem for anyone visiting the library or Sweetwaters at Westgate.


Yahoo! (The West is my favorite)

That is indeed a cause for celebration!

My son and I can't wait to check it out!

That's great news.

I wish I could attend the celebration, but I work on Sundays. I'll definitely be stopping by on a regular basis since it is so close to me.

Hooray! How exciting!


Fantastic! this has been our location (although we've always chosen to go elsewhere) for the last three years since moving to the westside, we are so EXCITED!

I am super excited !!! I can't wait

Finally! We miss going to Westgate and Nicola's.

I'm SO glad !!!!!!!!! West was always 'the little engine that could' among the branches of the AADL system -now it's one the 'big dogs' !!! (Sorry about the tortured metaphors). It's my neighborhood branch and am happy it'll soon be back online. Trouble is, it looks so nice & upscale, I'm afraid I'm too scruffy to be allowed in !!!!!!!

@lindsaybalazer, I remember reading on some summer game blog post that they are allowing West for summer game item pickup because it will be open before the end of deliveries (some time later in September or maybe October?). In other words, if you're willing to wait, you can choose it now.

Can't wait to check out the library

tdsiterlet - I agree with you. I love that West is still in the Westgate mall instead of in an isolated location. I hope we all feel welcome there!

So thrilled to have this branch back in business!

I am so excited! I hope I will be one of the lucky ones selected to volunteer. I have really missed the West branch.

is there any way to change pick-up location for holds once Westgate reopens?

Ann Arbor probably has the greatest number of bookstores and cafes per capita of any city in the State: Huzzah! Our tax dollars at work for an eminently worthy cause. Bravo, A2 residents, City Council and AADL for reinvesting in one of the nation's best public library systems. This is how we do "growth mindset" as a community!

How do we transfer our requested books to Westgate?

Yay! I have been waiting for it to reopen. Can't wait to see how it is.

I have had no problem asking to have future holds changed to a different branch, by submitting an email via the web form. The circulation staff was really nice about it.

i am excited that it will open soon!

Will be very excited to see how this looks. The expansion was overdue!

super cool

Can't wait.

Yeah, my favorite branch actually, because it's so close to my place. love it. Cant' wait. Thank you so much about this.

So excited to check it out.

Books and coffee! Coffee and books! Library plus Sweetwaters has to be the best combination ever.

I remember taking my class here on field trips many years ago. It was so small, but they were able to squeeze us in. I hope the expansion allows more of this type of visit, as I was always astounded by how many students had never been to their public library before.

Can't wait to see the new West branch!

This is extremely exciting. Having seen the online tour it will be an incredible upgrade and a tremendous add to our community. The parking lot is going to be full!

Wonderful news! We've really missed our neighborhood branch. But I'm selfishly worried. West was almost like a well kept secret that only a few of us knew. Now the whole city will be flocking there!

So happy can't wait to see it.

this looks great!

FINALLY! The best part about this announcement, other than this branch being nearer my home and NOT the downtown branch, is that now the librarians won't be so able to snap at me "I don't know," when I ask when Westgatel be open. Looking forward. Who knows, maybe they won't even have bathroom police like they do at the branch downtown. Hip, hip, hooray! Privacy, less odors, and who knows, maybe it will be quieter, the people will be more respectful and keep it to a hush or low whisper like in the Golden Olden Days ;=)

Pray for peace.

Books, coffee, Westgate. Books, coffee, Westgate. Books, coffee, Westgate. Amen! Thank God.

can't wait

So excited to check out the new branch!

Hurrah! I get to pick up my game shop swag there also (-;

Looking forward to our home branch reopening.

I can't wait for events to start being listed at West! So exciting.

West will be four times bigger than it used to be. Also there will be a sweetwaters connected. Library books will be allowed in sweetwaters and sweetwaters items will be allowed in the library. Not sure that is a great idea?