Dearborn’s main library to close all summer for upgrades #michiganlibraries #michlit

, Detroit Free Press

Dearborn’s 50-year-old main library will be closed all summer for a bit of a face lift.

The Henry Ford Centennial Library is getting new energy-efficient lighting and upgrades to its heating and cooling systems as part of a project that includes five other municipal buildings on the city campus off Michigan Avenue, said Julie Schaefer, deputy director of the Dearborn Public Library.

Library officials are also planning other upgrades, like renovations of the bathrooms on the second floor and the addition of a conference room and makers’ space to the east side of the third floor. A digitization lab and computer lab will be moved to that area.

The first floor will get a new snack area. And the tired-looking original wallpaper is coming down.

The closure will begin May 20 and end sometime in September.

“I think people, while they will be inconvenienced this summer, they will be so happy to see it renovated and up to the standards that it should be,” Schaefer said. “It’s a jewel of the city and should look like one.”

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