The Friends of Loutit District Library

The Friends run the Cheapstacks Used Book Store on the lower level of the library.  Their tasks include sorting, marketing, and selling gently used books or other materials which are donated to the store and assisting with library programs.

The Friends of Loutit District Library strengthen the library’s resources and services by providing funds to supplement the tax-supported budget. The Friends promote a sense of community identity through the activities of the Loutit District Library.

A major source of revenue for the Friends is the Cheapstacks Used Book Store. This is a great source for all types of used books, videos, DVDs, music, and audiobooks. You can get involved by helping to sort, display, and sell items in Cheapstacks. Contact the Friends at 616-850-6945 for more information about volunteering. Those interested in volunteering are also welcome to attend a Friends meeting. The Friends of Loutit District Library meet every first Wednesday of the month (except in June, July, and August) in the bookstore at 7:00 pm.

Loutit District Library Volunteer Corps

volunteer2015The Volunteer Corps tasks include shelving books; shelf-reading to make sure books are kept in order on the shelves; interlibrary loan processing; teaching computer skills; helping with summer reading registration; data collection and entry in the Local History and Genealogy department and other special projects. Click on the job descriptions below for further details.

We very much appreciate our talented and dedicated volunteers! If any of these positions interest you, please stop by an fill out an application.



Job Descriptions for Volunteer Positions

Direct Giving

Cash Contributions

Direct contributions to Loutit District Library are always appreciated. You may request how your contribution is used.

Have you thought of honoring or memorializing a cherished loved one with a gift to Loutit District Library?  Each item purchased with the donation will have a gift plate placed in or on the item(s) purchased and will include the name of the person being honored or memorialized. What a great way to leave a lasting legacy!

This form can be printed and used to make a memorial donation.  Drop it in the mail with your payment, or bring it by the library at your convenience.  For questions about monetary donations, contact John Martin at 616-850-6912.

Materials Donations

Donations of new or gently used items are accepted at Cheapstacks Used Book Store on the library’s lower level during regular bookstore hours.  In addition, donations can be dropped in the basket outside the Cheapstacks door if the bookstore is closed.  The library may add the donation(s) to the library collection or the donation may be sold in the bookstore, at the discretion of library staff.  If sold, all proceeds will be used to benefit the library.

The Friends of Loutit District Library request that no textbooks, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias, or magazines (including National Geographic) be donated.  You’re welcome to use this printable form to donate library materials. For more information, contact Kerry FitzGerald at 616-850-6933.

Adopt a Book

Loutit District Library has the perfect gift for book lovers on your holiday list. Purchase a book to “adopt” and add to the Library’s collection as a great way to memorialize a departed loved one or honor a cherished family member, friend or event. You choose the item to be donated and we place a bookplate in it to recognize your donation.

This holiday season Grand Haven’s The Bookman bookstore is partnering with the library to give local residents an opportunity to purchase books as gifts for the library. Library staff have created a wishlist of titles that are available from The Bookman. This will operate much like a gift registry at the store. You purchase the item at The Bookman and the store will deliver it to the library.

In addition, the library maintains an online wishlist of books, DVDs, and music CDs at Amazon.com for children and adults. Access the Amazon wishlist through the library’s home page. This is a fast and easy method to donate to Loutit District Library and here are the instructions:

  • Click here for the Wish List.
  • Select an item(s) from the options, place in your cart and check out.
  • If you do not have an Amazon account, you will be prompted to create one at this point.
  • Use Loutit District Library as the mailing address.
  • IMPORTANT: Check the box for “Include a free personalized gift message” and enter your name and address to receive a receipt for tax purposes and to have your name placed on the book plate.  To have a book plate placed in honor of or in memory of a loved one, add “In honor of X” or “In memory of X” here also. Due to space limitations, extra wording cannot be added to the book plate.

We are happy to receive anything from the list at any time. Thanks for thinking of us!

Gifts to the Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund was designed to provide long-term funding support for the library’s legacy within the Loutit District Library service area. The endowed fund was established with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) in 2001 and provides unique state tax benefits allowing donors to benefit greatly while gifting to the Library today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

To make a donation to Loutit District Library through the GHACF, contact them at:

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
One South Harbor
Grand Haven, MI 49417