MCC’s Hendrik Meijer Library will participate in the nationally acclaimed Michigan Libraries for Life program between Oct. 3-9, when more than 100 libraries across the state will inspire local residents to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry while educating them on the facts of organ, tissue and eye donation.
“Hendrik Meijer Library will have a table in the lobby outside the library during certain busy hours and will also be able to help interested guests/students sign up at the reference desk inside the library during our open hours,” explained MCC Adjunct Librarian Lisa Anderson. “This includes Sunday, October 9. We will have information regarding organ and tissue donation and will be able to sign people up on the spot, provided they bring their driver’s license or state ID with them.”
The Michigan Libraries for Life campaign began in 2010 at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and has expanded to include academic, hospital, and public libraries expanding its statewide participation for the seventh consecutive year. A record 123 Michigan libraries were involved in the campaign last year.
The partnership, led by the Taubman Health Sciences Library and Gift of Life Michigan, was recognized by Donate Life America in 2015 as the top organ, tissue and eye donation promotional activity in the country. The effort received an $18,000 grant from the Gift of Life Foundation to reach an even greater number of Michigan residents this year. Since its inception, Michigan Libraries for Life has inspired 2,900 people to sign up as organ, tissue and eye donors.
Gift of Life Michigan is the state’s federally designated organ recovery organization, which acts as the intermediary between donors, physicians and hospital staff. In partnership with Eversight Michigan, it provides all the services needed for organ, tissue and eye donation for the state.
For more information on Michigan Libraries for Life, contact MichLib4Life@umich.edu