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October Service Update

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 9:00am by richretyi

Expanded Hours
Starting Monday, October 18, all AADL locations will be open 10am-8pm daily

Early Access to Westgate
Starting Monday, October 18, AADL will resume early access to Westgate during morning Sweetwaters Cafe hours (click for Sweetwaters hours of operation). Westgate desk service begins at 10am daily.

More Than 10,000 New Streaming Videos Added to the Collection
AADL has added more than 10,000 new streaming movies, documentaries, and videos to its collection, including HBO miniseries, Ken Burns documentaries, and popular series like Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr., and StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Click to see some of the popular titles in the collection, or browse the catalog at by searching for titles and clicking "Streaming Video" in the filter section.

Return of AADL Express Shelves
The Express Shelf is back! Popular newly-released books and DVDs that can only be checked out in person can be found on express shelves at each of our five libraries. Express Shelf items are non-renewable and have shorter lending periods than our regular collection; two weeks for books and one week for DVDs. Stop by any AADL location and see what we have today!

Resumption of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service
Interlibrary Loan Service resumes on October 1. Using ILL, AADL cardholders can borrow materials not owned by AADL or available through MeLCat. Through ILL, patrons can request books (including music scores, pamphlets, dissertations, theses, and government documents), photocopies of articles or book chapters, and microfilm. Click for more information on ILL.

Introducing Fifth Avenue Studios
AADL is launching a companion service to the Library's book publishing imprint (Fifth Avenue Press) called Fifth Avenue Studios, which looks to foster the creation of original audio content from local podcasters, musicians, and audio creators in the Ann Arbor area. Do you want to launch a podcast? Record and release an album? Produce an audio drama? Fifth Avenue Studios might be able to help. Click for more details.

Final Summer Game Orders Arriving Soon
Final Summer Game orders will arrive at the Library the first week of October. Stay tuned for pickup notifications.

Resumption of Overdue Fees on MeLCat and ILL Items
Starting October 1, overdue fees will resume on items borrowed through MeLCat and ILL. AADL will continue not to charge overdue fees on items owned by the Library.


Even though Westgate does not open until 10, and Sweetwaters opens at 9, can patrons sit at the tables and work at 9, or is seating restricted until 10? Thanks.

Thanks for asking! When this service level resumes on October 18, patrons can sit at tables throughout the library and work when Sweetwaters is open but library service has not yet begun. Sit anywhere you'd like!

Thank you aadl. You are all superb. I was stuck abroad all of 2020 in a town with a much smaller library system and I missed you like crazy! Your libraries are all great and we are lucky in Ann Arbor to have such a first class library system.

Looking forward to the expanded hours — thank you for making the library more accessible!

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