In-Person Research

Conducting Research

We are located on the Lower Level of the Downtown Branch, Capital Area District Libraries, at 401 South Capitol Avenue in Lansing, Michigan, 48933.

Forest Parke Library & Archives open hours

We are reopening for limited hours - email us for fastest research assistance at

Tuesdays 11am to 5pm


  • Appointments are 45 minutes.
  • Appointments are limited to one person or one group of two persons. Library card not required. Must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • No walk-ins at this time.
  • The Digital History Station will not be available.
  • Please wait in the lobby outside Local History for your appointment time.

Request Online Now

Local History Online

We are adding more digitized material and indexes to collections to Local History Online every day. There is no charge to request images or documents from this system using the built-in request tools. We can provide high-resolution, watermark-free images, but remember that copyright is always the responsibility of the researcher and is rarely controlled by the library.

Suggested citation for archival material from our collections

[Item name]. [Collection name]. [Collection ID number]. Forest Parke Library & Archives, Capital Area District Libraries.

If you need assistance creating citations, staff are happy to help.

Special Topics

Most materials in our local history collections were donated. Your contributions help us ensure we are preserving everyone's history for the future. Please contact us to discuss your materials, and complete a Deed of Gift form to submit along with your donation (required). Thank you!

Researching the history of your home or building

Request an obituary (PDF)

CADL Genealogy Resources

Find us on Social Media

Forest Parke Library & Archives is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also have a Local History video playlist on the CADL YouTube channel. Follow us!

Contact Us

For local history inquiries contact the Forest Parke Library & Archives at:

517-367-6313 or

Schedule an Appointment

Must be made at least 48 hours in advance.