From the Director

Lance Werner

Now that I’ve been on the job for almost six months, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my vision for Kent District Library in the coming years. 

I am honored to have been invited to serve the Kent District Library as its Director, and I am eager to become a part of this dynamic organization. The Kent District Library is recognized as one of the best public libraries in the nation and is warmly embraced by the community it serves.

I come to Kent District Library with a full appreciation of what has made the Library so successful: a dedicated and capable staff eager to serve patrons of all ages and from all backgrounds, devoted Friends of the Library groups and volunteers, a forward-looking Board of Trustees dedicated to quality library service; and all of you, the residents of the Kent County who have loyally supported the Library over the years.

People have called me “The Loud Librarian,” not because I speak loudly (although my voice does carry!), but because I believe that libraries today cannot sit quietly and expect that people will understand the value that the library brings to the community.  Libraries fuel amazing experiences that influence individuals and their communities. KDL branches are the heart of the community and at the heart of life-long learning and self-improvement.  Libraries are full of stories and stories have power.

Now, I invite you to speak up as well!  Tell us how the Kent District Library has influenced you; share your memories; communicate its importance to you, your family and our community.  Tell us your story.


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Lance Werner, Director
Kent District Library

Lance Werner has served as the Director of the Kent District Library since 2011. He can be reached via email at, or by phone at 616-784-2091.


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Lance Werner

Lance Werner is the director of Kent District Library, the state’s second largest public library system. Before coming to KDL, he served as director of the Capital Area District Library in Lansing, and as Library Law Specialist at the Library of Michigan. He lives in Rockford, Michigan with his wife and four children.

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