Capital Area District Libraries return to in-person browsing

Posted at 4:22 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 16:22:17-04

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Executive Director of the Capital Area District Libraries (CADL) , Scott Duimstra provided an update on the June 1 return of in-person browsing at all 13 branches of Capital Area District Libraries.

During COVID-19 all in-person browsing had been suspended as a safety precaution.

Reinstating in-person browsing is the next step in the re-opening plan for the library system and will allow the 100,000 + members access to browsing in-person within their local library.

Some restrictions will apply to guests such as requiring appointments and asking guests to limit their visit to 45 minutes and continuing to require masks to be worn for most. Also, families are being asked to limit their family members to three.

The following are plans that CADL will be following:

Wearing a mask is required unless a person falls into a specified exemption. Read more about CADL’s COVID Preparedness Response Plan here.

Mask Exemptions:

  • Fully vaccinated
  • Cannot medically tolerate a face mask
  • Kids under 2 years old


Indoor browsing and account services will begin June 1. Larger branches will offer walk-in service while smaller ones will require appointments. Browsing appointments will be limited to 30 minutes, with a limit of three people per appointment. Capacity will be enforced at the door.

These amenities and services will NOT be available during your browsing appointment:

  • Reading magazines and newspapers in the library
  • Sitting on furniture
  • Toys/Children’s play area
  • Study space
  • Meeting rooms

This new reopening will impact all branches.

Walk-in Service

  • Downtown Lansing
  • Foster
  • Haslett
  • Holt-Delhi
  • Okemos
  • South Lansing

Appointment Required

  • Aurelius
  • Dansville
  • Leslie
  • Mason
  • Stockbridge
  • Webberville
  • Williamston


This service will continue at all branches. Computer use will be limited to 45 minutes per day and your library card will be required to log in.


This service will continue at all CADL branches except Downtown Lansing and South Lansing, where pickups will take place during walk-in browsing sessions.

To schedule an in-person browsing appointment, computer use session or contactless pickup, call your local branch or sign up online.

Watch the entire update from Executive Director of the Capital Area District Libraries, Scott Duimstra

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