Ypsilanti District Library will close all of its locations beginning at 6 pm today (March 13) with a preliminary plan to reopen on April 14. We apologize for the closure, but want to make sure we’re doing our part to help keep our community safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the situation to make the best decisions for our community and our staff. Please read on for more information and YDL resources that are available.
Item requests and returns
No fines will be charged on any item during our closure. If possible, please keep library materials at home until we reopen. You will still be able to request physical items using the mobile app, but they won’t be pulled until we resume normal operations. Read on for more information on the great digital items we have available!
Staying in touch with us
If you are looking for ways to reach out to us from home, you can use the Contact Us page on our website to direct your questions to the appropriate department. You can also reach out to us on social media. We will have some staff monitoring and responding to messages when appropriate, and look forward to staying engaged with you as best as we can! You can also reach us on the phone at 734-417-8064. Our staff will be paid, and many will be working during this time. We appreciate your concern and understanding.
Digital (and other) resources you can use
We have a rich collection of electronic materials that you can check out to help and keep you going! Access digital titles, television shows, and movies through Overdrive or Hoopla, as well as other magazines and digital collections. Visit our Digital Collections page for more information on all of those. We also have a variety of research databases you can use if you’re working on a project. For help setting up your account or using the technology, click here and select adult services under “ask about”. For activities for kids and parents, you can also monitor our Kids and Parents page for updates and resources throughout the closure.
In case you missed it, we had an earlier post with more information about COVID-19. Additionally, we’ve created a separate post to highlight other community resources that are or will be available to help ease the burden on individuals and families during this time. Check it out for information on getting access to Internet, lunches for kids, and activities you can do together!
Please know, we don’t make the recommendation to close lightly. We understand that with so many community resources unavailable, adding the library to the list will make those facing challenges of community and staying warm even more difficult. However, the risk of spreading the coronavirus is too great to take chances with public health. We hope this information helps you stay safe, informed, and engaged during this difficult time! Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for updates.