West Branch Library


2503 Jackson Ave (In Westgate Shopping Center) - Google Maps
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 327-4200

Opened in 1977, the West Branch serves as a convenient learning center that delivers superior customer service, primarily to the residents of the northwest quadrant of Ann Arbor. The branch is in the well located and easily accessible Westgate Shopping Center off of Jackson Avenue. West Branch is a full service Branch Library of approximately 5,900 square feet and was the first in the Library system to be located in a mall setting.


The Branch houses an updated collection, consisting of traditional materials, such as books, magazines, and DVDs. Electronic resources include 14 computer terminals and wireless internet access throughout the building. Along with the more traditional picture and chapter books, the West Branch Youth and Young Adult section features a collection of Teen graphic novels, youth magazines, puzzles, toys and a Youth computer station.


While its primary mission is to deliver traditional library services, the facility also includes casual study areas consisting of tables and chairs, as well as two comfortable study and tutor spaces at the front of the building.

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Exhibitions at the Ann Arbor District Library

Statement of Purpose:

The Ann Arbor District Library is an information center for the community and encourages the free expression of ideas essential to an informed citizenry. To accomplish this role, a primary objective of the Library is to serve as an active resource for learning, studying and contemplating ideas. In an effort to increase the visual education and artistic experience of all visitors, the Library’s exhibition program features local, regional and national artists as well as traveling exhibitions.

Ann Arbor District Library Privacy Statement Policy

This document details the assurances and intentions of the Ann Arbor District Library's (AADL) approach to privacy.

Information Collection and Use
AADL is the sole user of the information collected on our website or at our facilities. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. AADL collects information from our users at several different points.

Internet Use
In order to use the Internet stations at an AADL branch, a user must provide his/her name and address and show valid identification. This information is only used in the event that the user breaks one of the AADL rules of behavior during his/her session. The information collected is destroyed daily. No logs are kept as to what content is viewed during a session.

Obtaining a Library Card
In order to obtain a library card, patrons must provide photo ID and proof of current address.

If patrons choose to provide an email address on their library card application, this information will only be used to deliver AADL notices. Email addresses will never be sold to or shared with others.

Minor's Library Records
The person who becomes liable for payment for or return of the materials identified in the library record of a minor by signing the minor’s application for a library card shall designate to whom the minor’s library record may be released by filling out the Release of Minor Child’s Library Record section on the application.

Checking out Materials
When an AADL cardholder checks out an item, that information is recorded for the purpose of determining due dates and overdue fines. Holds are also recorded as part of a cardholder's record. However, when the book is returned, or the reserved item is picked up and returned, this information is removed from the patron's record by default. Patrons may choose to have their checkout history recorded for their own use. This information can only be accessed by the cardholder via aadl.org. Patrons have the ability to delete any or all records from their history, or turn off the recording of checkouts at any time.

Board Meetings
In order to make a citizen's comment at an AADL Board Meeting, a citizen will be asked to present his/her name and address. The information given will not be used in any other way.

Donating to the Library
When a donation is given to AADL, we will record the donor's name, address and type and amount of gift to comply with AADL auditing procedures and to issue the donor a receipt for tax purposes. This information will never be given or sold to other organizations. Donor information will be used internally to further AADL development efforts.

Comment Cards and Online Forms
When a patron fills out a comment card or online comment form, he/she can optionally provide his/her name, address, and email address. This enables AADL to respond to patrons’ comments. This information will not be shared or sold to other organizations.

Log Files
When a user visits our website, his/her IP address is recorded. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, determine popularity of content, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

We may share aggregated information, such as traffic rates and browser types, with the public. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

The AADL web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that AADL is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by AADL.

If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address.

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of AADL.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our Homepage so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will send a notice to the email addresses given to us by our users. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

Policy adopted by the Ann Arbor District Library Board June 11, 2001
Revisions adopted November 21, 2005, June 19, 2006 and February 17, 2014

AADL Board Information 2015

Jan Barney Newman
Jan Barney Newman
Term: 2015-2018
(734) 761-9574
1071 Young Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
As the President, Jan Barney Newman shall preside at all meetings, appoint committees with the approval of the Board, authorize calls for any special meetings and generally perform the duties of a presiding officer.

Ed Surovell

Ed Surovell
Vice President
Term: 2015-2018
(734) 761-6330
1000 Forest Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
As the Vice President, Ed Surovell shall assume the duties of the President in his or her absence.

Rebecca Head
Rebecca Head
Term: 2013-2016
(734) 668-9638
910 Edgewood Pl.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
As the Treasurer, Rebecca Head is responsible for the funds of the Ann Arbor District Library, providing for their safe custody and investment as directed by the Board of Trustees.

Nancy Kaplan

Nancy Kaplan
Term: 2013-2016
(734) 971-1089
3065 Hunting Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
As the Secretary, Nancy Kaplan is responsible to see that a true and accurate account of all proceedings at Board meetings is kept as legally required and perform other duties as usually pertain to the office of secretary.

Margaret Leary

Margaret Leary
Term: 2013-2016
(734) 663-7324
1056 Newport Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Jim Leija
Term 2015-2018
(734) 678-0903
1236 Ardmoor Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Prue Rosenthal

Prue Rosenthal
Term: 2013-2016
(734) 665-0941
2105 Devonshire Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Who We Are

The Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) system is composed of the Downtown Library and four branch libraries:
Malletts Creek, Traverwood, West, and Pittsfield.

For general information please call: (734) 327-4200

To renew or request materials please call: (734) 327-4219

To reach Library Director Josie Parker in the office of Administration please call (734) 327-4263 or email her at parkerj@aadl.org

All branches are open:

Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The AADL also administers the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (WLBPD@AADL).

For Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled @ AADL services please call: (734) 327-4224

The AADL provides services at no charge to all residents living within the Ann Arbor District Library's service area. Library services are available to all others outside this service area for a fee.

Over 8.8 million items have circulated system-wide during recent fiscal years! In addition to these items, thousands of people enter the library and its branches to utilize print and electronic reference resources, access the Internet through the Library’s fiber-optic connection, enjoy state-of-the-art Wi-fi service, participate in computer and Internet training, view a Library exhibit, or attend one of the Library’s many events.

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to the Ann Arbor District Library!

Vision Statement

The Ann Arbor District Library provides collections, programs, and leadership to promote the development of literate and informed citizens through open and equal access to cultural, intellectual, recreational, and information resources.

Mission Statement

The existence of the Ann Arbor District Library assures public ownership of print collections, digital resources, and gathering spaces for the citizens of the library district. We are committed to sustaining the value of public library services for the greater Ann Arbor community through the use of traditional and innovative technologies.

Ann Arbor District Library Values

  • Excellence in customer service
  • Providing, supporting, and advocating access for all
  • Acting with initiative, creativity, and flexibility
  • Working together, with enthusiasm and optimism, to reach goals
  • Responsible stewardship of resources

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