Downtown Lansing

Location
401 South Capitol Avenue 
Lansing, Michigan 48933

517.367.6350 or 517.367.6363 (please listen to menu options)

Link to the CATA Bus Route Link for directions to this library location

Hours
Monday: 9a.m. - 9p.m.
Tuesday: 9a.m. - 9p.m.
Wednesday: 9a.m. - 9p.m.
Thursday: 9a.m. - 9p.m.
Friday: 9a.m. - 6p.m.
Saturday: 9a.m. - 6p.m.           Sunday: 1p.m. - 6p.m.

Friends of the Library Join the Friends of the Downtown Lansing Library.

Melissa ColeMelissa Cole 
Head Librarian

Virtual Tour

Our 360° Virtual Tour was made possible by Able Eyes. Able Eyes virtual tours allow people to explore businesses in their community to help ease anxiety and become comfortable with their surroundings.

Rooms, Resources & Special Features

Adobe Elements  

Adobe Photoshop Elements (for photo editing) & Adobe Premiere Elements (for video editing) are installed on selected public computers.

Adult Literacy Collection

This special collection includes books and books on CDs with accompanying reading material.

Book Burrow

The Friends of Lansing Libraries run this used book store located in the basement. Available items include a variety of used books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Open to the public on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Charging Cables

Check out a charging cable and wall charger to power up. We’ve got you covered with micro-USB, USB-C, and lightning cables.

Computer Accessories

Privacy screens, trackball mouses and large print keyboards can all be requested from library staff.

ESOL Collection

Our extensive English for Speakers of Other Languages collection includes an online software program, books, CDs and DVDs.

Fax Service

A patron fax service is available for in-library use. This easy to use fax machine is completely self-serve, requiring only a MC/VISA, AM Ex or Discover card (no cash is accepted). 

Faxing is $1.75 for the first page and $1 for each page thereafter for US/Caribbean faxes. International fees are double. The machine does not accept incoming faxes.

Forest Parke Library and Archives (Local History Collections)

The Forest Parke Library & Archives serves as a repository and steward for CADL's local history collections, including books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, video/audio, and more. An ever-expanding selection of local history materials is available in Local History Online. Physical items do not circulate, but the collection is open to the public certain hours each week, and by appointment. More information on in-person research is at this link.

Language Learning Material

We offer language learning material, including an online software program, books, CDs and eBooks

Print from Anywhere

If your device is connected to the Internet, you can print your documents at CADL! To pick up your prints, use the Print Release Terminal inside the corresponding library within 24 hours. Visit the Print Anywhere page for more info.

Public Meeting Rooms

Our meeting rooms are available for public use. Our auditorium seats 95 and we have a few other rooms that seat anywhere from 25 to 50. If you are interested in reserving space, please call or visit the branch for an application. Make sure to allow enough time when planning your event as our rooms are in high demand.

  • An application must be completed and turned in at the location being requested.
  • Applicants must produce a current Capital Area District Libraries card which must be in good standing at the time of room use.
  • Applicants must be present during the meeting/event.

 For additional details, please review our Meeting Room Policy.

Request for Accommodation

For mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance, please call the library. Requests need to be made at least two weeks before a scheduled event.

Study Rooms

Three study rooms are available on the second floor. Rooms are equipped with table(s), chairs, a whiteboard and power outlets. Users must have a current Capital Area District Libraries card that is in good standing at the time of room use. Rooms may not be reserved, they are available on a “first come first served” basis.  Rooms may be used up to two hours a day. 

Wireless Service

CADL has WiFi hotspots at all of its libraries. For details, visit our WiFi help page

World Language Collection

Our World Language collection includes books, magazines, movies and music in over 17 different languages.

 

Downtown Lansing Gallery

Downtown Lansing Events

Community Scavenger Hunt (All ages)

Tuesday May 26, 2020 10:00am - 5:00pm
All Locations
Have some family fun this summer with our "Every Picture Tells a Story" Community Scavenger Hunts! Starting May 22, print out a game sheet here (scroll down to the EXTRA ACTIVITIES section). Then follow the picture clues to identify outdoor items or landmarks in specific local communities. Return completed game sheets to the appropriate CADL branch to be entered into prize  drawings. (Note: Branch open dates will be based on official health guidelines; check here for updates.) The last day to turn in game sheets is Saturday, Aug. 8.  

 


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STEAM Powered Building Challenge (Facebook & Instagram)

Tuesday May 26, 2020 10:00am - 5:00pm
All Locations
Join us each week for a different building challenge! This week's challenge is Marble Maze. You are an elf mining precious gems (marbles) in the mountains. Create a run to get these gems from the mountain to the swamp below, then onto a boat. Use LEGOs, blocks or household materials to build the marble run. Time the marbles and experiment with changing the run to see if it gets them to the boat faster.  For extra fun, upload a picture of your creation to Instagram using the hashtags #STEMPoweredBuilding and #CADL, or add it to the Virtual Display Case on our Facebook pageRead More
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Beating the Summer Slide

Posted May 21, 2020, 2:08 PM What is the "Summer Slide," and how can you prevent it from happening to your kids? Read More

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Enter to Win a Digital Device!

Posted May 20, 2020, 2:28 PM Any CADL Children or Teens who complete their Summer Reading Challenge track are eligible to enter this essay contest. Read on for details. Read More

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