Frequently Asked Questions About the Library Closing (Updated February 23, 2011)
(Updated information: May 17, 2011)
Why is the Troy Public Library closing?
The library is not funded in the city’s budget beyond June 30, 2011.
Why is the Troy Public Library closing on May 1, if you have funding through June 30?
Much like a store or other organization that is going out of business, there is much that needs to happen inside the library before the lights are turned out and the doors are locked on June 30. For example, an inventory needs to be taken, financial records reconciled, vendor contracts ended, the patron database needs to be made current and backed up, etc. These are things that cannot happen while the library is open. The library is a large organization and needs time to wind up operations.
What will happen to the library’s collection after the library closes?
The collection will be kept in the library for the immediate future. It will be stored and protected.
Will I have access to the library’s databases and the library’s website after May 1?
The library’s website will be available through June 30. Databases and downloadable audio and eBooks will be available on the library’s website through June 30. After June 30, there will be no library staff to maintain the website, so the library’s website will not be updated beyond that date.
Databases offered through the Michigan Electronic Library are available to all Michigan residents, all the time, at www.mel.org.
When Troy Library closes, where can I go for library service?
We suggest that you contact the library that you are interested in using, and ask what that library’s policies are in terms of non-resident usage. Please ask a librarian at the Adult Services Desk or Youth Services desk for contact information for whatever library/libraries you may be interested in.
Can I still use other libraries between May 2 and June 30?
Again, we suggest you contact the library that you are interested in using, and find out what that library’s policy is.
What will happen to the library staff after the library closes?
Library staff will be laid off, effective July 1, 2011.
Will the Troy Public Library re-open?
Library staff is not aware of any plans to re-open the library after it closes.