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HFCL Renovation

Library staff members are looking forward to a public event celebrating the re-opening of the newly renovated Henry Ford Centennial Library (HFCL), welcoming the public back to see and use the extensively updated 50-year-old building.

Details of the upcoming event are still being worked out but will mark in a celebratory way the completion of updates to modernize the building to meet patrons’ evolving expectations and to add energy-efficient elements.

Chief among the updates are:

  • Complete replacement of the heating and cooling system
  • LED lighting
  • A reorganized second floor and the addition of more electrical and charging outlets for laptops, cell phones or tablets.
  • Renovations of the second-floor restrooms
  • Renovations of the east side of the mezzanine, which will now include:
    • New group study rooms
    • A large conference room
    • A collaborative workspace called the Spark Lab
    • A relocated computer lab and digitization lab
    • More single-person study booths
  • Replacement of the wallpaper and carpeting.
  • The creation of a snack lounge with vending machines on the first floor.

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

It is not unusual for the extensive nature of the renovations noted above to be affected by unpredictable delays. With so many big and small projects intertwined, a short delay in one phase can be compounded over time, as one contractor must wait for another contractor to finish their portion of the renovation.

In addition, the library staff anticipates needing several weeks to put the extensive collection of materials back in good order once the renovations are complete. All materials, including books, CDs, DVDs and more, were removed from the building before the renovations began. Many were available through the branch libraries, but a significant amount of materials are being held in storage.

Once HFCL re-opens, patrons can expect a more accessible, comfortable and modern main library that will continue to be a source of information and learning.

Please see Facts About the HFCL Closure document for more information or call Library Administration at 313-943-2037. 

Extended Hours at Branch Locations

Both the Bryant and Esper branch libraries have extended their operating hours during the closure to accommodate residents. They are open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

More public computers at Bryant Branch Library

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.  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 dropbox.

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 while HFCL is closed.

The AAUW does offer periods where they accept book donations.  Please check their website for more information.

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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