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Crews work on renovations at the new Spring Arbor Branch of the Jackson District Library.  Photos courtesy Jackson District Library.

(November 28, 2022 10:40 AM)  Library staff closed the Spring Arbor Branch of the Jackson District Library today, as they work to move to a new building. Officials expect to open the new location to the public sometime in January 2023.

Jackson District Library officials purchased the former Spring Arbor Senior Center from Spring Arbor Township in March, paying $400,000 for the parcel, which will expand the library’s footprint and allow for more material and more meeting spaces, JDL officials said.

The Spring Arbor Branch of the library is currently located on the south-side of the township maintenance garage at 113 East Main Street. The former senior center is located at 122 Star Road in Spring Arbor, within walking distance of the library’s current location. The current branch is 1,845 square feet while the new building is roughly 5,000 square feet.

“The Spring Arbor Branch of JDL is one that has always has had high foot traffic, and a number of local community organizations use the space for programs and events,” JDL Director Sara Tackett said. “We’ve looked for options to expand at this location for years, and we’re excited to be able to open up the larger location soon.”

JDL staff will begin to move the materials and equipment from the old branch to the new over the course of December and January. Area residents who need to return materials can still do so when the branch is closed, using the drop box at the old location. Patrons will not be able to place holds for pick up at the Spring Arbor Branch when the branch is closed, however.

To find open hours for nearby branches, including the Concord, Hanover and Parma branches, visit www.myjdl.com/locations.

Jackson District Library officials plan to renovate other branches across the county in the next couple of years, adding to a growing list of renovations including the expansion of the Brooklyn Branch in 2020 and introduced a new bookmobile in 2021, among other initiatives.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve access for Jackson County residents,” Tackett said.

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