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Troy library to close for 3 weeks

Here’s what you can and can’t do during the closure

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 21, 2018

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TROY — You won’t be able to check out books, DVDs or CDs.

But you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about your tablet and how to check out Troy library resources electronically from library staff, who will be at the Troy Community Center after the Troy Public Library closes its doors.

Library patrons can also read current issues of newspapers and magazines at the Community Center during the closure, and can get help with online research from library staff.

People may check out library materials now and keep them until the week of Jan. 28.

“Visit us at the Community Center,” said Troy Public Library Director Cathy Russ. “Come in or call.”

The library will close its doors for three weeks, Jan. 2-17, its slowest time of year, so crews can install new carpet in the adult services area and in the technology room.

The City Council unanimously approved a bid waiver and a contract at its Oct. 8 meeting for Library Design Associates, the company that provided and installed new carpet in the youth services areas last year.

The cost to purchase and install the approximately 35,000 square feet of carpet is $298,862, of which $300,000 was set aside in the library’s capital improvements budget, which is funded by a voter-approved library millage.

The carpet being replaced was installed in 1999.

Russ said the carpet installation will prompt the closure of the library because the rest of the library must serve as storage and staging areas during the project.

She noted that crews plan to work 16-hour days — minus weekends — to complete the project.

“After the holidays, it tends to be a little slower. In February, usage ramps up because of the school year,” Russ said. “January seemed to be the best time.”

Library staff will offer storytimes for children and a quiet room for homework and studying for high school midterm exams at the Troy Community Center while the library is closed.

“We are very excited about getting new carpeting at Troy Public Library,” Connie Doherty, the head of adult information services, said via email. “It’s a huge undertaking, but it will be well worth it. We will be starting off 2019 with a fresh new look. … Patrons who come to the Troy Public Library outpost at the Community Center when the library is closed will be able to get help with online research, place holds on items in the Troy Public Library collection to pick up when we reopen, read current issues of newspapers and magazines, get and renew their library cards, and receive help with downloading library resources to their mobile devices.”

She said it will be a great time for people to try free digital offerings like Kanopy and Hoopla for streaming movies and TV shows, and for downloading e-books and comics. RBdigital features e-magazines, and Overdrive offers e-books and audiobooks.

“I’m sure lots of people will be receiving new phones, tablets, e-readers and computers for Christmas, and our tech-savvy staff will be ready to help them get started.”

“It will be a vastly improved library,” Russ said. “The new carpeting will liven up the space and provide visual interest. We look forward to it being done.”

Important dates:
• Dec. 23 — Last day of service at  the technology center.
• Dec. 30 — Last day to pick up holds and/or return items.
• Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1 — Library closes for holidays.
• Jan. 2-20 — Library closes for carpet installation.


Email addresses:
• Adult Information Desk:
• Youth Information Desk:
• Information:
• Circulation:

Call (248) 524-3538 during regular hours during closure to speak to a library staff member.


Troy Community Center library hours:
• 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays.
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.
• 1-5 p.m. Sundays.


Other nearby libraries available to Troy Public Library cardholders:
• Clinton-Macomb Public Library, (248) 226-5000.
• Rochester Hills Public Library, (248) 656-2900.
• Blair Memorial Library in Clawson, (248) 588-5500.
• Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, (248) 647-1700.
• Sterling Heights Public Library, (586) 446-2640.
• Bloomfield Township Public Library, (248) 642-5800.