AADL at-a-Glance

150 Years of History


  • 1866:    Ladies Library Association is founded
  • 1907:    First Ann Arbor Public Library opens, built with a Carnegie Foundation Grant
  • 1957:    New Main Library is constructed
  • 1965:    Nellie Loving Branch is built
  • 1974:    Downtown Library is expanded
  • 1977:    West Branch opens
  • 1981:    Northeast Branch opens
  • 1991:    Main Library is renovated
  • 1995:    Library separates from the Public School System and becomes the Ann Arbor District Library with its own governing board
  • 1996:    Library passes its millage in perpetuity
  • 2004:    Malletts Creek Branch opens
  • 2006:    Pittsfield Branch opens
  • 2008:    Traverwood Branch opens
  • 2016:    Expanded Westgate Branch opens

Vision Statement
The Ann Arbor District Library provides collections, programs, and leadership to promote the development of literate and informed citizens through open and equal access to cultural, intellectual, recreational, and information resources.

Mission Statement
The existence of the Ann Arbor District Library assures public ownership of print collections, digital resources, and gathering spaces for the citizens of the library district. We are committed to sustaining the value of public library services for the greater Ann Arbor community through the use of traditional and innovative technologies.

Ann Arbor District Library Values

  • Excellence in customer service
  • Providing, supporting, and advocating access for all
  • Acting with initiative, creativity and flexibility
  • Working together, with enthusiasm and optimism, to reach goals
  • Responsible stewardship of resources
Collections: Books, Periodicals, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, Audio Books, Art Prints, Tools
Reference: In Person, Telephone, AskUs (Email Reference Service)
Internet Access: 143 computers for the public
Outreach: Elementary, Middle and High Schools, Retirement Centers
Community Partnerships: Museums, Schools, Universities, Non-profits
Youth and Teen Events: Films, Lectures, Book Discussions, Concerts, Community Reads, Computer and Internet Classes, Current Event Discussions, Exhibits
Convenient Services: Reserves and Renewals by Phone and Online, Interlibrary Loan (MeLCat), Advance Overdue Notices by Email, Self-checkout Stations and Self Pick up of Holds at All Locations, and 24 hour Materials Pick-up at Malletts Creek Branch and Pittsfield Branch.

Library Locations
Downtown Library
343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48104

Malletts Creek Branch
3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, 48108

Pittsfield Branch
2359 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, 48103

Traverwood Branch
3333 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, 48105

Westgate Branch
2503 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48103