The Ann Arbor District Library has agreed in principle to take ownership of the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled.
If approved by both the Ann Arbor District Library Board and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Ann Arbor District Library will become the sub-regional Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled for Washtenaw County. Approval is expected to take place by mid-October and the entire transition should be accomplished by January 1, 2009.
The move comes as part of Washtenaw County’s ongoing efforts to make structural reductions in its budget for 2009 to help eliminate a deficit of approximately $15 million. A complete package of recommended solutions, due largely to the loss in revenue from property taxes, will be presented to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on September 17, 2008.
The Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled (LBPD) is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress Network, and has been operating as part of Washtenaw County. It provides traditional services such as audio books, playback equipment, large print materials and descriptive videos to individuals who are unable to read or use printed materials due to physical disability (e.g., blindness, macular degeneration, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dyslexia).
The AADL has agreed to accept many of the collections of the Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. If the transition is approved, these collections will be housed and accessible at the Downtown Library, located at 343 South Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor.