Downtown Lansing library closing this month for renovations

Big changes are on the way for the Capital Area District Library in Downtown Lansing. Capital Area District Libraries announces a major renovation project at the branch downtown.

The renovation project will include a new lobby, and open floor plan. Study rooms will be added and the upgrade will include new carpet and new tables and chairs with power and USB plugins. All new fiction and non-fiction titles will be relocated to the first floor. Media items like DVDs and CDs will be moved to the second floor. Shelves throughout the library will be reduced for a more open feel and better visibility. There will also be quiet study spaces for students.

The renovation project is estimated to cost 670,000 covered mostly by CADL's reserve funds. The Friends Of The Lansing Libraries will kick in a small percentage. Maureen Hirten, Executive Director of the CADL says the renovation will help draw more people to the library and add to the beauty of the downtown Lansing area.

The renovation project will take a few months to complete so the library is closing on December 31, 2017 to begin the upgrades. The downtown branch is expected to reopen sometime in March of 2017.

Employees at the Downtown branch will be filling in at other branches while the remodeling is underway. During the renovation, people can still return library books and other items by using the drop boxes on Capitol Avenue or Kalamazoo Street. Movies, and books can be streamed online from the digital branch at Library patrons can also visit other Capital Area District Library branches.