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May 20: HFCL Renovation

The Henry Ford Centennial Library (HFCL) will be closed to the public from May 20, 2019 through Fall 2019 for a major renovation project.  In order to serve our residents during the closure, we will extend the open hours at both the Bryant Branch Library and the Esper Branch Library to mirror the HFCL summer hours beginning June 1, 2019:  Monday-Thursday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm; Friday and Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. 

As with major renovation projects, all dates are subject to change. 

The renovations that are being planned are extensive and HFCL cannot remain open during this time.  The project includes the installation of a new energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC), the replacement of existing lights with energy efficient lighting, the renovation of the second floor restrooms, and the renovation of the east side of the mezzanine to include a new conference room, several group study rooms, a makerspace, a computer lab and a digitization lab along with a few more single-person study booths.  We also plan to reorganize the second floor layout of the book stacks as well as adding additional electrical outlets, replacing the wallpaper and creating a first floor snack lounge with vending machines. 

Funds to support the HVAC renovation and replacement of existing lighting were made available through a bond sale.  Library Capitol Improvement project money will support all additional improvements. 

HFCL will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its opening at the end of 2019.  When we reopen in the fall, we are sure you will see a revitalized main library that will continue to be a source of information and learning as well as a community gathering place that will serve the community for the next half-century. 

Please see Facts About the HFCL Closure document for more information. 

More public computers coming to Bryant Branch Library

During the months of June, July and August, while HFCL is closed for remodeling, we will be offering additional public computer access on the first floor in the Chamber of Commerce conference room located in the Bryant Branch Library.  We will provide fully-staffed, full-service computing and printing access.  So if you’re looking for a place to go for internet access while HFCL is closed, come visit us at Bryant Branch Library!

MeLCat

MeLCat services will continue to be offered during the HFCL renovation project.  Bryant Branch Library will become the new temporary pickup and drop off location for MeLCat material for the duration of the renovation project.  New MeLCat requests will be briefly suspended from April 22 through June 3, 2019, while MeLCat services are transferred to the new location at Bryant Branch Library.   As a reminder, when returning MeLCat material to Bryant Branch Library, please return them to the Circulation Desk in the library rather than depositing them in the drop box.

Volunteering

New applications for teen and adult volunteer positions will be temporarily suspended during the renovation project.  The Dearborn Public Library truly values the contributions made by our volunteers and volunteer applications will be gratefully accepted once HFCL reopens.

Donations

The Library will not be able to accept book donations beginning April 15, 2019. Please consider donating to the AAUW book barrels located inside the Dearborn Ice Skating Center (DISC) 14900 Ford Road 48126 or contact the AAUW at booksale.aauw.dearborn@gmail.com.  Other organizations that accept book donations can be found here.

Once the renovation has been completed, the Library will gladly welcome donations once again.

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