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What virtual events do you want to see? Take the Survey!

Published: June 19, 2020

As the Ypsilanti District Library plans programs for fall we would like to know your thoughts about online programs. CDC safety recommendations will guide us but your input will help us offer the best programs for our community. We’d love feedback on the types of events you’d like to see, along with how you’d like to access them. Click here to take the survey and help us plan for you!


YDL’s Update on Resuming Services

Published: June 2, 2020

We’re excited to resume operations at YDL, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and perseverance. We plan to gradually phase in our services in a way that keeps our community, patrons, and staff safe. Please read on for more information about what to expect as we re-open responsibly.


Food Resources during COVID-19

Published: April 17, 2020

If you need assistance getting food for your family, local schools and organizations are ready to help. Families with children in Ypsilanti Community Schools may make use of a hotline for help. Click here for more information. Click on any heading below to see how you can get help accessing free food, plus tips for safe shopping and menu planning. Free Food Ypsilanti Community Schools Food Distribution NEW: YCS is now offering a weekly produce box on Tuesdays from 12-2pm at the old Willow Run Middle School. Boxes are given first come, first served. Click here for box contents.Ypsilanti Community …


Covid-19 Unemployment and Financial Help

Published: April 15, 2020

Information about how to apply for Unemployment Insurance and the Covid-19 Economic Impact Payments.


Getting or renewing a library card while the library is closed

Published: March 19, 2020

New Borrowers If you live in our service area and the recent closures around the community are inspiring you to check us out for the first time, welcome! You can get all of the basic information about applying for a library card (including non-resident cards) on our website. Since our building is closed, we’re working hard to provide these services remotely. To secure a card during the closure, email the following to A scan or picture of a completed YDL card application along with a scan or picture of your valid photo ID If you aren’t able to print …


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Engaging with YDL in light of the Coronavirus

Published: March 13, 2020

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.


Community resources to help during Coronavirus closings

Published: March 13, 2020

As a community resource, we understand the difficulties we are all facing at this time. In addition to electronic resources from YDL, we wanted to make sure you know what other community resources were available to you and your family during this period of extended closures


YDL Coronavirus Information

Published: March 11, 2020

As COVID-19 ramps up in Michigan, the need for accurate information is critical.


Information on YDL-Michigan’s Closing on 3/4/2020

Published: March 4, 2020

We are set to reopen our downtown branch on Thursday, March 5.


Free Tax Assistance Help at YDL

Published: February 24, 2020

Free income tax return assistance is available at all YDL locations!  Tax preparation assistance sponsored by AARP is available at YDL-Michigan on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Call 734-482-4110 ext 1385 to make an appointment. AARP volunteers will be available at YDL-Whittaker on Thursdays and appointments may be made by calling 734-482-4110 ext 2411.  This service targets people with low to moderate income with special attention to those 50 and older. YDL-Superior will be a Scan & Go site again this year in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw County and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. To be eligible for Scan …


Making 2020 Count: Participate in the Census

Published: January 31, 2020

2020 marks the start of a new decade, and the Census is upon us. Learn how to participate, what information you need, and where to take the Census.


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The News About Our Health

Published: January 31, 2020

Stay informed on the latest updates on maintaining both physical and mental health in Washtenaw County.


Ypsilanti Housing Commission Announces Waitlist Opening

Published: December 28, 2019

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has announced it will accept applications for its one-bedroom housing waitlist at Deborah Strong Housing from January 6-10. Applications will be accepted in person from 10am-3pm at 928 W Michigan Ave, or by faxing to (989) 400-4761. Deborah Strong Housing is composed of three different apartment complexes: Sauk Trail Pointe, Hollow Creek, and Towner. For more information about these properties, click here. The application will be available beginning January 6 at the Ypsilanti Housing Commission website or at 928 W. Michigan Ave. For help accessing and printing the application, visit any Ypsilanti District Library location.


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Get Weather-Ready with Home Improvement Programs

Published: November 16, 2019

In need of some home improvement projects? Washtenaw County is providing FREE weatherization services for eligible residents.


Help for Veterans is Available

Published: November 14, 2019

Did you know that as of 2019, 11.7 million veterans are over the age of 65, which is about 61% of all veterans (U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics)? The Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs can help veterans, their survivors and dependents, file claims for benefits from Federal, State, and Local governments and receive help with VA Pension, life insurance and health care, financial assistance with food, transportation, and housing, and funeral and burial reimbursements. Their mission is to provide accurate, efficient and timely services to ensure delivery of benefits to veterans and their families.  If …


Information on YDL-Michigan’s Closing

Published: October 17, 2019

Our Michigan Avenue location is closed after confirmed evidence of bed bugs. The library branch is scheduled to be inspected and treated on Friday, October 18.  We plan to reopen on Saturday, October 19.


Preparing Your Family for Immigration Enforcement

Published: October 7, 2019

Know your rights: Immigration Enforcement Michigan Immigrants Rights Center (MIRC) has released a comprehensive guide entitled, “Preparing your family for immigration enforcement.” Print copies of this guide will be available for free at all YDL Branches in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Electronic copies in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bangla, and French are available on the MIRC website. The guide focuses on navigating your rights throughout any immigration enforcement encounter, whether it be before, during, or after a raid. Topics include: An outline for creating an emergency plan. Short scripts and advice for interrogation situations. Multi-lingual, Printable “know your rights” cards that …


Everyone’s A Writer: Introducing Ypsi Writes

Published: September 5, 2019

Ypsi Writes will host drop-in hours at all YDL locations offering help with any type of writing, and present writing workshops where both experienced and aspiring writers can learn various forms, from memoirs to résumés to poetry.


Drop-In Writing Help

Assistance with any type of writing


Gardens Bring Education Outside

Published: July 19, 2019

Gardens in Ypsilanti’s schools and libraries are are not just delicious–they’re also great educational tools.