5130 Davenport Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

Library Building

Delta Township District Library's current building opened to the public on June 14, 2008.



  • Children’s area with stage, puppet theater, puzzles and toys
  • Teen area with computers
  • Browsing area around a central fireplace
  • Shelving for a variety of materials, including books, magazines, audiobooks, movies, music, and more
  • Lissa K. McLean Room, featuring a collection which celebrates women’s history
  • Dedicated local history room to maintain a Delta Township-focused collection
  • Elmwood Room, a space to hold community events and library programs
  • Healthy environment for staff and the community achieved through green building standards
LEED Certification

The library was awarded a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2009 and was the first public building in Delta Township to qualify as a LEED certified building.

LEED certification focuses on three main components:

  • Environmental benefits: Using recycled materials and increasing energy efficiency conserves resources.
  • Economic benefits: Using local resources and suppliers reduces carbon footprint of project, but also stimulates regional economy.
  • Health/Community benefits: Users enjoy a building with high air quality committed to preserving its surrounding environment.

Green Aspects of DTDL


  • Parking lot lightsenergy efficient, designed to preserve dark sky and limit light pollution
  • Landscapingdrought-resistant, slow-growing ground cover and shrubbery require less watering and maintenance by gas-powered equipment; rain gardens to absorb parking lot runoff and help filter out pollutants
  • Footprinta high ratio of free soil (unpaved) remains surrounding the building and parking lot in order to improve storm water runoff
  • Bike racks, alternative vehicle parking and sidewalkspromotes alternative forms of transportation to and from the library by providing preferred bike and alternative fuel vehicle parking spaces and convenient bus stop and pedestrian access


  • Building materials
    • 35% of the steel used in the building skeleton is recycled.
    • Concrete used in the building uses 50% recycled fly ash from a local source.
    • Tiles used throughout the building are made from recycled glass.
    • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), usually found in adhesives, paint, stains and glue were limited as much as possible.
  • Windows
    • Maximizing the available natural light reduces the amount and strength of artificial light required.
    • Glazing on the windows filters harmful UV rays and restricts loss of heat.
    • The view facing the woods helps to highlight our natural setting.
    • Clerestory windows with moisture sensors open and close to increase air flow.
  • Flooring
    • Plenum flooring leaves a space between the foundation and the floor to improve air flow and provide more efficient heating and cooling.
  • Walls
    • The wallboards are constructed using 90% recycled gypsum.
    • Wall coverings are made from grass, a renewable resource.

Find out more about LEED certifications and green building design from the U.S. Green Building Council.