Lakeland Library Cooperative

About Lakeland Library Cooperative

The Lakeland Library Cooperative is organized under Michigan Public Act 89 of 1977, which
provides for the establishment of cooperative libraries. Lakeland’s members include 42 public
libraries in 78 locations across Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo,
and Ottawa counties.
The mission of Lakeland Library Cooperative is to strengthen member libraries in eight west
Michigan counties by providing the means to share resources, services, and expertise for the
benefit of individuals and communities. Lakeland policies are set by the membership as a
whole and govern inter-cooperative activities. Individual member libraries are governed by
policies set by their local boards.
The primary funding for the Cooperative is State Aid to Public Libraries including the
Cooperative’s 1/3-share and the member libraries’ indirect 1/3-share. Yearly, before annual
budgets are finalized, member libraries choose from a menu of services offered by Lakeland.
Members’ costs are reduced by economies of scale through group purchasing

How Did Lakeland Library Cooperative Get Started?

In 1971 the Grand Rapids Public Library began a federally funded pilot project that offered free
reference services and borrowing privileges at Grand Rapids to libraries in Kent, Ottawa, Ionia,
and Montcalm counties.
When federal support ended in October 1973, a way to maintain those services, and to add
others, was sought. Through a series of meetings and the drafting of a charter for a new library
system, that way was found: The Lakeland Library Federation. In 1977 the Michigan Public Act
89 of 1977 established cooperative libraries, which is when the current governance of the
Lakeland Library Cooperative replaced the Federation


A board comprised of
representatives from member
libraries governs the Cooperative.
There are nine board members:
• Group E: Kent District Library—2
permanent members
• Group D: Grand Rapids Public
Library, Herrick District Library
(Holland) and Muskegon Area
District Library—1 permanent
member each
• Group C: Allendale Township
Library, Georgetown Township
Public Library (Jenison), Hackley
Public Library (Muskegon), Howard
Miller Public Library (Zeeland),
Ionia Community Library and Loutit
District Library (Grand Haven)—1
elected member for a two year term
• Group A and B: remaining 32
libraries—1 elected member from
Group A, Group B and a third
member from either A or B for two
year terms each


• Integrated Library System software “Sierra”
provides a public catalog, patron database, and
circulation of materials functions
• Cataloging of collection materials for entry into
the public catalog
• Data lines for access to the integrated library
• Web content filtering
• IT and wide area network VPN support
• Delivery of materials between Lakeland libraries
and the statewide MeLCat delivery service called
• Continuing education
• Training and hosting of state training
• Advocacy coordination
• Liaison to state library agencies
• Group purchases of supplies
• Consulting to member libraries
• Research and Development
• Mobile training lab for in-library training
• Coordinate service contracts such as Overdrive
eBooks/eAudiobooks, Zinio periodicals, and Movie
Licensing USA



Dorr Township Library
Fennville District Library
Henika District Library
Hopkins District Library
Leighton Township Library
Salem Township Library
Saugatuck-Douglas District Library


Fruitport District Library
Hackley Public Library
Muskegon Area District Library
White Lake Community Library


Freeport District Library
Hastings Public Library
Thornapple-Kellogg School &
Community Library


Carson City Public Library
Flat River Community Library
Home Township Library
Tamarack District Library
Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds


Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library
Ionia Community Library
Lake Odessa Community Library
Saranac Public Library


Croton Township Library
Fremont Area District Library
Grant Area District Library
Hesperia Community Library
Newagyo Area District Library
White Cloud Community Library


Cedar Springs Public Library
Grand Rapids Public Library
Kent District Library
Sparta Township Library


Allendale Township Library
Coopersville Area District Library
Gary Byker Memorial Library
Georgetown Township Public
Herrick District Library
Howard Miller Library
Loutit District Library
Patmos Library
Spring Lake District Library