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Library of Michigan to Open the Second Saturday of Each Month

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395

March 3, 2014

LANSING - The Library of Michigan announced today the introduction of ‘Second Saturdays’ to its regularly scheduled open hours.   Beginning April 12, 2014, and continuing on the second Saturday of every month, the Library of Michigan will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

State Librarian Nancy Robertson encouraged this expansion of library hours in response to popular demand, saying: “Our users have been asking for extended hours, and we are happy to be able to accommodate them in this fashion. We also look forward to welcoming new library users who are able to take this added opportunity to explore our unique collections.”

The Library’s current open hours during the week, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will remain the same. 

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said that added opportunities to visit the Library of Michigan is aligned with the Michigan Department of Education’s effort to build a Culture of Reading in Michigan. 

“We encourage individuals and families to visit the Library of Michigan, as well as their neighborhood libraries, on a frequent basis,” Flanagan said. “Reading is the foundation of learning, and our libraries offer free and open access to adults and children eager to learn.”

Library of Michigan staff is excited to offer this weekend access each month to the library’s services and specialized research collections, which include Michigan newspapers, periodicals, books, maps and government documents as well as electronic databases available only on site.   

The Library’s main Reference Desk will be open on “Second Saturdays.” The Martha W. Griffith’s Rare Book Room will require 48-hour advanced notice for access. Call 517-373-1300 to arrange an appointment. Library Administration and the State Law Library will continue to be open on weekdays only.

“Second Saturdays” for 2014, include the following dates.  

April 12
May 10
June 14
July 12
August 9
September 13
October 11
November 8
December 13 

Individuals are asked to call 517-373-1300 or email librarian@michigan.gov if they have any questions about ‘Second Saturdays’ or any other Library of Michigan services. Parking near the Library of Michigan is free on Saturdays.