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The Monroe County Library System is proud to announce the much-anticipated opening of the Ellis Library & Reference Center on Sunday, April 10, 2011.  An opening ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm and conclude with the public’s first opportunity to see the building’s new and enhanced spaces and services.

The facility formerly known as the Ellis Library & Reference Center, located at 3700 S. Custer Rd. in Monroe, has been closed for several months to allow for a $2.5 million “upgrade.” For the first time, the entirety of the space is devoted to and designed for public service and adds a 4,000 sq. ft.  riverside expansion, including a widescreen view of the River Raisin, an outdoor terrace, and a multimedia programming room. 

“Ellis 2.011” also features enlarged areas for children and families, genealogists and local history buffs, and computer users, who will also enjoy building-wide wireless internet access.  A new area has been created for teens and young adults, and a small café and adjacent casual seating area create a relaxed, comfortable spot for patrons to use to read, study or meet friends. 

“Ellis is both centrally located for our patrons and central to our county-wide system,” said MCLS Director Nancy J. Colpaert.  “Its large general collection and number of special collections serve everyone, and it’s home to our reference, circulation and youth services operations. Ellis is the public service heart of the Monroe County Library System, and now the building reflects that.”

The approximately $2.5 million project has been paid for with funds set aside from the library system’s capital reserve fund and a portion of a $2 million bond issued by the Monroe County Building Authority for the renovation of Ellis and the Mary K. Daume Library Service Center.  Project architect is Fanning Howey, with interiors by Riemenschneider Design Associates, Inc. and construction management by O’Neal Construction. 

Expanded schedules at the Dorsch Memorial Branch Library and the Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library will end on March 31.  The “Four Doors Down” holds pick-up location will remain open until April 9.

For more information on the Ellis Library & Reference Center, visit the Monroe County Library System online at or phone (734) 241-5277.



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