In order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, multiple Ypsilanti public buildings and services will be closed or suspended.
In a statement to the public on March 13 at 6 p.m., the Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) closed its branches in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at its locations. The library system’s locations, including locations at Whittaker Road, W. Michigan Ave., and Superior Township are closed to the public with a plan to reopen on Monday, April 6.
Regarding library materials on loan, items from library’s collections will not be required to be returned until the branches reopen on the April 6. Ypsilanti District Library stated that no fines will be charged on any items for the duration of the closure of the branches. The library system is asking that all materials be kept at home, if possible, until the branches reopen. Although requests for materials can still be made through the Library’s mobile app, any requests for physical items or materials will not be pulled until normal library operations resume.
In their statement, the library system has recommended that their patrons utilize the existing online resources. Digital titles, magazines, movies, and other resources can be downloaded or streamed through their website, online research data bases are also offered through a separate online portal.
The library Bookmobile will be off the road during the period of the closure.
Patrons can continue to contact the library through their social media platforms, as well as their contact page. According to the YDL’s statement, library staff will continue to work during the closures and will be receiving pay.
In a civic alert from the city clerk’s office it was announced that the City of Ypsilanti administrative facilities will be closed until April 6. City administration will consider an extension of the closure at a future notice.
The March 17 City Council meeting will, however, meet at the regularly scheduled time of 7 p.m. The meeting has been rescheduled to only include timely items. Although the meeting is open to public attendance, it is strongly encouraged that those who wish to attend view the meeting remotely. To read more regarding the meeting and how to engage remotely please visit the notice page.
Please visit the City of Ypsilanti website for alerts on the cancellations of future city related meetings.