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July 30 Construction Update

July 30 Construction Update

The new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library is inching closer and closer to Grand Opening Day–August 24! The finishing touches are happening throughout the building and books are on shelves and ready to be checked out. Odds are good that when you check out an item from the new library you will be the first one to use it–the collection of more than 200,000 books, cds, dvds and video games was assembled over a period of two years by more than half a dozen librarians.

"Regeneration" by Albert Paley was installed July 18.

“Regeneration” by Albert Paley was installed July 18.

The atrium looks down onto the main Customer Service Commons.

The atrium looks down onto the main Customer Service Commons.

Whipple Auditorium features 200 seats, a sound system, projection and a spectacular 2-story view of Greene Square.

Whipple Auditorium features 200 seats, a sound system, projection and a spectacular 2-story view of Greene Square.

The children's library staff area is getting nearly complete.

The children’s library staff area is getting nearly complete.

Whimsical furniture in the children's library adds to the fun of the space.

Whimsical furniture in the children’s library adds to the fun of the space.

The new library will feature a media box for vending movies and video games.

The new library will feature a media box for vending movies and video games.

The skylight into the second floor creates a beautiful spot to relax and read a book.

The skylight into the second floor creates a beautiful spot to relax and read a book.

The second floor is home to nonfiction, music and dvds, as well as the technology commons.

The second floor is home to nonfiction, music and dvds, as well as the technology commons.

The parking lot on the south side of the building features permeable pavement.

The parking lot on the south side of the building features permeable pavement.

The Union, the new teen library, gets shelving and furniture.

The Union, the new teen library, gets shelving and furniture.

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  1. Absolutely beautiful library. Very inviting, colorful, interactive space. Great Job!

    Aug 1, 2013 Reply
    • Thank you! We hope you come visit once it is open.

      Aug 1, 2013 Reply
  2. Please, please, please put ample outlets near work tables. We need to plug in our computers! This detail was completely missed at the Ladd library!

    Aug 12, 2013 Reply
  3. After 5 years, it is damn well time they get the library open. There is absolutely no reason this could not have gotten done within 2 years of the flood. Overall the library committee didn’t do themselves any favors with all of crap that took place during the planning and execution of this library.

    George Smith
    Aug 16, 2013 Reply
    • Thank you for the comment, George. I think the Library staff would agree that we are happy to be opening up downtown after five long years.

      Aug 16, 2013 Reply

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