Library Expansion & Renovation Project

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Great things are happening at your Westland Library—thanks to you!

Last August the residents of Westland passed a millage to secure the library’s operating expenses. Your support has enabled us to move forward on a long-awaited renovation and expansion project. As we work towards making your library a better, more purposeful place to be, our comprehensive renovation and expansion plan will bring new spaces including a new dedicated program room for Youth, state of the art meeting rooms, additional study rooms, an expanded Teen Area, and an outside courtyard. We’re also making improvements throughout the building, including acoustics.

The library will relocate operations during construction to shorten the duration of the project.

Anticipated project timeline

The construction project broke ground on October 21, 2022 and is currently anticipated to be completed in late summer 2023.

Map to Marshall Upper Elementary
Map to Marshall Upper Elementary (click to enlarge)

Temporary relocation

We are moving library operations to the former Marshall Upper Elementary building during the project. Marshall is located at 35100 Bayview Street in Westland. We expect to complete the move into our temporary location in early 2023 and return to our renovated building upon completion of the project.

Upcoming service changes

We are no longer accepting book donations. The Friends of the Library will host a large book sale with great deals November 18-20, 2022. For a list of other local book donation sites, visit our Gifts & Donations page. Please do not place donations in outside book drops.

We are no longer accepting hold requests for materials. We will continue to accept your returns to our outdoor book drops through December 10.

November 20: Last day of in-person library services. Services will pause as we move to our temporary location. While the library building is closed, Your Digital Library will remain open 24/7/365, and some services will be available at neighboring libraries.

December 10: Last day of drop box returns. Please keep any checked out materials until we reopen at our temporary location.

February 2023: In-person services resume at temporary location. Please check us out in our new location at the Marshall building!

Late Summer 2023: Library Grand Re-Opening. When construction is complete, we will move back into our renovated building.

Please check this page for regular updates!

Construction project FAQ

Where is the money for this project coming from?

In 2016, the Westland Library embarked on a project to expand and update the library and we will be using money from that project as well as money we saved during the pandemic to fund this project.

We voted for an operating millage last summer. Will funds from that be used for this project?

No. That millage was strictly for operating funds. All of the funds for this project come from pandemic savings and the 2016 project.

Will the library close during renovation?

Yes, temporarily. Indoor construction is currently anticipated to begin in January and conclude in late summer 2023, during which time we will relocate library operations to the site of the former Marshall Upper Elementary building. Services will pause while we move to and from Marshall.

Can I use other libraries during the temporary closure?

You may use your Westland library card to check out materials at any nearby library—bring your library card and ID to your first visit! For more information, see our guide to Finding Services at Neighboring Libraries.

How long will this project take?

This project began in October 2022 and is currently anticipated to be completed in late summer of 2023.

What companies will be handling the construction project?

Our construction manager is the Dailey Company. Architecture and design are provided by TMP Architecture and Library Design Associates. The project is managed by Plante Moran Cresa.

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