New Library Catalog and Website Debut in March

In early March, ELPL will be launching a new website and a new catalog system!  New and improved features include: 

Wireless Printing Now Available

Did you know you can sit in the comfort of your home, office or car and send a print job to the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL)?  Yes, wireless printing is here.  You can pull up a photo, document or email from your smart phone, laptop, tablet, desk top—actually any device with Internet access and send it to our public printer at the library. You have three days to come into the library and pull up your print request and physically print it. This service will work from a wireless device within the library, as well as, Internet connected devices anywhere in the world.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

East Lansing Public Library - 3/4 Meeting Room

The Library Board of Trustees meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to set policies concerning the management, supervision and control of the library facilities.

2017 meeting dates:

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 24 (4th Wednesday)
  • June 28 (4th Wednesday)
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 13 (2nd Wednesday)

Internet Access Restored to City of East Lansing Buildings

All services are back online today, including:

  • Online catalog
  • Public computer access
  • Public wifi access


Thank you for your patience during the outage.  

AARP Tax Aide Help at the Library

Beginning February 3rd AARP Tax-Aide staff will be at the East Lansing Public Library offering free tax help to anyone who registers for an appointment.  The AARP Tax-Aide program is designed for low-income senior citizens but anyone is welcome to register for assistance.  Sign-ups are on a first-come-first-serve basis and any participants who show up to their appointment without the proper documentation will be turned away.  

To schedule an appointment stop by the Service Desk at the library or call (517) 351-2420.

You will receive a reminder call the week of your appointment.  Please keep the following in mind:

  • Plan to arrive at the library at least 20 minutes early to fill out forms for the tax preparers.
  • Please bring a picture ID for each taxpayer on the return (i.e. for both spouses).
  • Please bring a Social Security card for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents (this is a new requirement).
  • Please bring a copy of last year's tax return.
  • Please bring all of your income documents:  W2, 1099R, 1099INT, 1099DIV, etc.
  • If you intend to itemize please bring all your receipts.
  • If you intend to claim educational expenses please bring form 1098T.
  • Please bring a blank check in order to set up direct deposit or debit for any refund or balance due.  Preparers will not keep the check - this is just for the purpose of setting up the proper bank routing information.

2017 Library Closures

  • Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20 - Presidents' Day
  • Sunday, April 16 - Easter Sunday
  • Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Weekend (Summer Sunday closures begin)
  • Tuesday, July 4 - Independence Day
  • Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 - Labor Day Weekend (Summer Sunday closures end)
  • Friday, October 21 - Library closes at 3pm - MSU Homecoming Parade
  • Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 - Veterans Day

Library to Delay Opening by Two Hours

The East Lansing Public Library will open at 12 noon on Monday, December 12, to allow for clean up from a winter storm.  

For further updates check the library website and the website for the City of East Lansing.

ELPL's Teen Librarian Wins Library SOUP Award

Congratulations to our Teen Librarian Jessica Lee-Cullin for winning Library SOUP! at the Michigan Library Association conference.  Jessica's winning entry was ELPL's Wee Free Pantry, a pantry of nonperishable food and personal hygiene items that provide materials unavailable to the library's most disenfranchised patrons and empower community members to contribute to the well-being of the community.  Way to go Jessica!

Change to My Account Login Page

Starting today, patrons logging into the My Account page of the library catalog will no longer need to fill in their name.  Only barcode and PIN will be required.

Why is the library making this change?  Coming soon, the library will be rolling out a new library catalog and website.  Both of the new sites offer many patron friendly features that will enable you to find new favorite authors and titles and connect with other ELPL patrons.  The change to the current My Account page will facilitate the move to the new catalog and web site.

If you have any questions about the change please email, and thank you for your patience as we work to make your online patron experience engaging and intuitive. 

Library Systems Maintenance

Update:  As of 7:24pm all systems are back online!

The library's catalog system will be down for maintenance on Sunday, December 11 at approximately 6pm, for 1-2 hours.  During the maintenance window the following services will be unavailable:

  • Library catalog
  • Online renewals, holds, etc.
  • Hoopla, Cloud Library, Zinio, and Overdrive checkouts and holds
  • MeLCat requesting

Thank you for your patience while we upgrade our systems.

Library Closing at 4pm on Friday, April 29 for Books, Bites, and Bids Fundraiser

The library will be closing at 4pm on Friday, April 30 for the 5th annual Books, Bites, and Bids fundraiser.  This year the fundraiser will be at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center*.  Everyone is welcome to attend the event.  A donation of $30 per person or $60 per couple/family is suggested.

System Upgrades on 4/21, Beginning at 9PM

The library's computer systems will be down for maintenance and upgrades the evening of Thursday, April 21, beginning at approximately 9PM.  The downtime is expected to last approximately 1.5 hours.  Services unavailable during this time will include:

  • Catalog searching
  • My Account access (renewals, placing holds, paying fines online, etc.)
  • MeLCat requesting
  • Digital checkouts and streaming, including Zinio, Cloud Library, Hoopla,, and Overdrive


The library's website,, and social media accounts will remain online during the upgrade.


MeLCat Visiting Patron

Visiting Patron is an optional service provided by MeLCat to give patrons of participating libraries the option to get immediate access to the materials they need. Patrons may go directly to another library that also participates in this service and check out available and eligible materials in person, using their home library card, without the need to place the request via MeLCat and wait for the materials to be delivered to their home libraries for pickup.

Visiting Patron Policies & Procedures:

Volunteer Down Your Fines!

Unfortunately, our late fines are higher than they were in Calvin's day: a DVD will set you back a whopping $1.50 for every day that it’s late, while books and everything else cost a quarter per day. But we know that life happens, so you can still check out materials even if you have late fines, as long as your fines total under $15.