What can volunteers do?
There are a number of volunteer opportunities at LCL. Some require a big time commitment while others are more seasonal or sporadic. With such a small staff, all volunteer roles are integral to the success of our library. The LCL is often in need of additional circulation assistant volunteers. TO find out more about being a circulation assistant, contact Susie Gutenberger, LCL Library Manager.
Volunteers are a critical component of the Lansing Community Library.
We have over 75 volunteers that collectively log well over 7500 hours annually at the LCL! Our volunteers give their time, expertise and passion to make our library and our community a better place. If you are interested in joining our team of dedicated volunteers, read on…
The Friends of LCL oversee a number of other volunteer roles at the LCL. For more information about assisting with the gardens, book sales, programming, visiting art displays or fundraising, contact Nikki Wells, Friends Chair.
Become a Lansing Community Library advocate
Contact your representatives on the
Tompkins County Legislature.
NYLA's (New York Library Association) Online Advocacy Center Find out who your elected officials are, what issues affect libraries and, then, "Take Action"! Site includes contact information for the President, Governor, U.S. Senators and links to the
NYS Legislative Directory.
Advocacy Links from the Finger Lakes Library System - Learn tips on writing to lawmakers and read sample letters for advocacy.
Support literacy, learning, and community connections
When you choose to make a donation to LCL you share a gift with your entire community and enhance the lives of those around you. All donations to LCL are tax deductible and are used to support the library in a variety of ways. Give in person, securely online and to our endowment managed by the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. You can also support LCL through purchases made via the Amazon Smile program*.
How do I give in person?
Visit the Lansing Community Library at 27 Auburn Road in Lansing, New York. Circulation volunteers or staff members will be there to assist you. Monetary donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Checks should be made payable to Lansing Community Library. Cash donations are also accepted. A donation acknowledgment receipt is available upon request.
Books and materials donations are also welcome and are a great way to honor a long time friend, loved one, mark a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary or graduation. Contact Susie Gutenberger, library manager, to find out more about how you can donate to our collection. We provide a custom nameplate on all book and materials donations.
How do I make a secure online donation?
Please go to the Home page on this website and scroll down until you see the box with the piggy bank. Click on the Paypal button to donate using Paypal or a credit card.
How do I donate to the LCL Endowment Fund?
The LCL established an endowment fund managed by the Community Foundation of Tompkins County in 2011. As of September, the endowment has grown to $110,932.95 through the generosity of 123 donors and the growth in the investment market. The LCL has taken two grants, totaling $4,657, from our endowment. These grants are an important source of funds that we now budget for annually. The LCL is committed to continued development of this endowment fund to ensure that our library can successfully meet the future needs of our community.
Click here to learn more about the LCL endowment fund and how you can become a supporter.
Click here for a printable Pledge Form.
*While not tax deductible, Amazon Smile is a simple way to support LCL. If you are an Amazon shopper, be sure to visit our Amazon Smile referral page before you shop and select the Friends of Lansing Community Library Center as the organization you’d like to support. Amazon Smile will donate 0.05% of the purchase price from your eligible Amazon Smile purchases directly to the Friends of the Lansing Community Library. As of August 2016, LCL has earned $180.28 through this program. Hop on board the Amazon Smile train today and help us raise even more funds.