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The following press release was written by the Michigan Department of Education.

Library of Michigan to Open the Second Saturday of Each Month Expanded Access Will Help Build a Culture of Reading in Michigan

March 3, 2014

LANSING – The Library of Michigan announced today the introduction of ‘Second Saturdays’ to its regularly scheduled open hours. Beginning April 12, 2014, and continuing on the second Saturday of every month, the Library of Michigan will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

State Librarian Nancy Robertson encouraged this expansion of library hours in response to popular demand, saying: “Our users have been asking for extended hours, and we are happy to be able to accommodate them in this fashion. We also look forward to welcoming new library users who are able to take this added opportunity to explore our unique collections.”

The Library›s current open hours during the week, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will remain the same.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said that added opportunities to visit the Library of Michigan is aligned with the Michigan Department of Education’s effort to build a Culture of Reading in Michigan.

“We encourage individuals and families to visit the Library of Michigan, as well as their neighborhood libraries, on a frequent basis,” Flanagan said. “Reading is the foundation of learning, and our libraries offer free and open access to adults and children eager to learn.”

Library of Michigan staff is excited to offer this weekend access each month to the library’s services and specialized research collections, which include Michigan newspapers, periodicals, books, maps and government documents as well as electronic databases available only on site.

The Library’s main Reference Desk will be open on “Second Saturdays.” The Martha W. Griffith’s Rare Book Room will require 48-hour advanced notice for access. Call 517-373-1300 to arrange an appointment. Library Administration and the State Law Library will continue to be open on weekdays only.

“Second Saturdays” for 2014, include the following dates; April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.

Individuals are asked to call 517-373-1300 or email if they have any questions about ‘Second Saturdays’ or any other Library of Michigan services. Parking near the Library of Michigan is free on Saturdays.

The Library of Michigan is an agency within the Michigan Department of Education and is dedicated to providing the people of this State and their government one perpetual institution to collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct reference and research and support libraries statewide. To learn more, visit

The Library of Michigan is still open for business and remains one of the best genealogy resources in the midwest.

The Library of Michigan has wireless internet available on site.  If you would like to access the Library's collection of subscription databases, library PCs are available for patron use on the second floor.

For the most up to date information about the Library of Michigan please visit their website

The direct link to their Genealogy page is

For information on the items held in the Michigan Collection, for specific title information please use the ANSWER catalog.

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