Delta Township District Library

The existing 8,100-sf Delta Township library in Lansing, Michigan, could no longer accommodate the needs of the growing community. Beginning with a detailed space needs analysis for the district and its projected service population of over 30,000, FTCH worked closely with the library board and staff to determine appropriate future plans.

The 16-acre site was generously donated by Delta Township. FTCH evaluated a number of master planning options to support the library as well as a future Township facility with shared parking and entry plaza.

Taking full advantage of the site’s natural features, the 40,000-sf library is arranged on a natural ridge with a central entry, library stack, and reading areas oriented for daylight and views. The careful use of natural light and materials both inside and out is designed to take full advantage of what the unique and beautiful site has to offer. Due to continuing success of its active Friend’s Group Used Book Store, a portion of the lower level is committed to this function and has access to an outdoor patio and network of trails planned for the site.

The library project is the first LEED Silver facility for Delta Township.