All Ann Arbor District Library locations closed until Nov. 29


Mishal Charania

The Traverwood library is one of five locations to be closed for two weeks.

Mishal Charania , Managing Editor

On Nov. 14, the Ann Arbor District Library announced on their website that they will be completely closed for two weeks. Prior to this communication, patrons could enter the vestibule during scheduled times to pick up books and other requested materials, but could not enter any other parts of the library. The closure started on Nov. 15 and will last at least until Nov. 29. The post cites closure being due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests in staff and related family members. AADL stated that there is no exposure risk from recently picking up materials from any location. 

The AADL shutdown has been met by negative and neutral responses from the community. While the public library has cited multiple positive tests, no concrete number has been given. According to the Washtenaw County Health Department, during the last two weeks there have been 1,237 cases in Washtenaw County. New restrictions set by Governor Whitmer are to be enforced starting Nov. 18 and continue until Dec. 8. AADL will keep the community updated as to reopening plans as soon as they can. 

Due to the closure, all pickup scheduling has been canceled and materials ready to be picked up will be available once locations open. Outdoor drop boxes are available for returning materials but no fines will be placed until the locations open. Requests can be made but will not be fulfilled until at least after Nov. 29. 

During this time, patrons can use the Michigan Collaborative for Library Services to borrow books and audiobooks to a digital device by clicking the title of the material in the catalog as long as it’s labeled as an “Overdrive eBook.” To use the MCLS, patrons must enter their AADL library card number and this service can be used by downloading Libby, by OverDrive on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.