Downtown Lansing

Service Note 

No appointments are required and there are no time limits for visits. Masks are optional. Contactless pickup is still available at most branches except Downtown Lansing and South Lansing. Click on service update button for more information. 

 

Service Update

Contactless Pickup 

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: 10a.m. - 7p.m.
Tuesday: 10a.m. - 7p.m.
Wednesday: 10a.m. - 7p.m.
Thursday: 10a.m. - 7p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 7p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 5p.m.    Sunday: Closed 

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

Current hours are Thurs. and Fri. 11am-4pm and Sat. 12pm-4pm. 

Appointments can be booked during hours of operations by calling 517- 367-6319, as this is the only time staff is at the facility. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE LIBRARY DESK … they cannot reserve time for the Book Burrow. As much as we are in the same building, we are two separate organizations. 

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.

Food Packs 

This branch provides weekly food packs filled with items such as shelf-stable milk, fruit, vegetables, canned meals and more. There are no eligibility requirements. Food packs will be available starting on Monday of each week but pickup times are available throughout the week. Families who need more than one pack must register for each one separately. Call branch to register to pick up a pack. 

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.

Student Success Initiative

Lansing School District participates in the Student Success Intiative, providing CADL accounts to all students.

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

Take & Make Crafts, Storytimes and STEM Kits (All ages)

Friday Jul 30, 2021 10:00am - 6:00pm
All Locations
Looking for free Take & Make crafts, activities, storytimes and STEM kits? We offer a variety of these items for all ages. A complete list is now available on our Take & Make website page. Call your branch with any questions. Read More

Donation Drive for the Animal Shelter (All ages)

Saturday Jul 31, 2021 12:00am - 12:00am
All Locations
Join us in helping out our furry friends at the Ingham County Animal?Shelter. The shelter provides?care?for over 5,000 animals?and their owners, so they are always in need of supplies. That's where you come in! From July 19-31, please bring any item from the list below to one of our branches during open hours. We'll make sure it gets to the shelter. Thank you!
. Dog collars & leashes (sizes M & L-the ones with plastic snap buckles work best) 
. Braunschweiger (used for hiding medicine) 
. Kong toys (any size) 
. Cheez Whiz (to squirt into the Kongs) 
. Canned cat food (all kinds-you pick) 
. Paper towel rolls (yep, they use a lot of these) 
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Cady Bauer Receives Director's Award

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Bye, bye fines!

Posted Jul 13, 2021, 10:36 AM For information about our fine free policy, please review these FAQs.   Read More

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