Awesome Extras

Nifty services you may not know about.  Happy surprises @ your library!

Bicycle Locks

  • Keep your bike safe while you're at the library - borrow one of our bike locks to secure your ride. 

  • When you leave, just drop the lock into the book drop near the bike rack. ​

  • Our warmest thanks to Zoo City Bicycles, who donated four locks to the library.


Eyeglasses Donation Box

  • The Lions Club maintains a collection box for used eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses in the library's front lobby.  Please donate any eyeglasses you no longer need.  

  • The Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling Program volunteers clean and sort the donated eyeglasses by prescription strength, package them and distribute them to those in need.  


Free Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped

  • The Braille and Talking Book Library service is provided directly from the Library of Michigan (rather than through the Parchment Community Library) AT NO CHARGE.  

  • Do you enjoy a good book but are no longer able to read small print? The Michigan Network of Regional and Subregional Libraries serving people with visual and physical disabilities offers best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, biographies, how-to books and other types of materials found in a public library. The only difference is that the books are recorded on a digital cartridge or printed in braille and will arrive at your door through the regular U.S. postal service. You may also choose to download books from online directly to a flash drive or mobile device. And best of all, this service is FREE, with no charge to mail materials to or from the library.

  • You do not need to be legally blind to use this service - if standard print has become difficult for you, a friend, or a family member, please call 1-800-992-9012.

  • The first step in beginning long- or short-term service is the submission of an Application (PDF).

  • The Braille and Talking Book Library is located on the first floor of the Michigan Library and Historical Center at 702 West Kalamazoo Street in Lansing. Come see what it has to offer!


Notary Public Service

The Library Director is a Notary Public.  She is authorized to witness signatures on important documents.

There is no charge for this service for those who live within the library district.  Those who live outside the library district will be assessed a fee of $10.00 for notary service.

  • The Director is not authorized to notarize documents that concern wills, estates, or real estate,

  • Please call before you visit to be sure the Director is available to assist you.

  • Each person required to sign the document must show his or her current Michigan driver's license or Michigan ID card to the Notary. 

  • All persons required to sign the document must be present at the same time.  The library cannot provide witnesses.

  • No one should sign the document to be notarized until the Notary has inspected it and all identification cards.


Mystery & Romance Paperbacks Exchange

This collection was built by, and continues to be supplied by, our readers.

You don't need a library card to borrow these books.  In fact, you never have to return them if you don't want to!  Take as many as you like, and return them (or not) as you wish. If you have mystery or romance paperbacks in good condition that you don't need anymore, bring them in for others to enjoy.