Arduino – LiquidCrystal library, now updated from Adafruit! Include 4-bit and 8-bit modes and more functionality. If you are running Arduino 0016 or earlier, please download the current version of the LiquidCrystal library and install it in your hardware/libraries folder.
The LiquidCrystal library allows you to control LCD displays that are compatible with the Hitachi HD44780 driver. There are many of them out there, and you can usually tell them by the 16-pin interface.