Friends of the Library

Friend of the Cedar Rapids Library

Mission Statement
Friends supports the Cedar Rapids Public Library services and programs, promotes literacy through outreach programs that encourage and enhance reading throughout the community and conducts fundraising activities to assist with library and outreach projects.

Book Sales
Support the Friends of the CRPL and get a great read at the same time by attending one of their regularly scheduled book sales throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

In the Fall, Friends hosts a major fundraising event, the Annual Book Sale. More than 80,000 donated books of quality are available at affordable prices. Proceeds from this event plus membership contributions, corporate support, memorials and grants allow Friends to provide:

  1. Cedar Rapids Public Library funding for equipment and programs,
  2. Babies and Books hospital packets for parents of newborns,
  3. Clifford the Big Red Dog appearances at library story hours, preschools and elementary schools,
  4. America Reads support at area elementary schools,
  5. Literacy Initiative help to service agencies such as Madge Phillips Center and the Free Medical Clinic, and
  6. Books-by-Mail service for the homebound.


Book Nook
Visit the Book Nook at the Ladd Library
  1. Located near the Library entrance
  2. Books and media for all ages
  3. All items are $1.00
Visit the Book Nook at the Downtown Library
  1. Located on the first floor, across from the main stairs
  2. Books available for all ages
  3. All items are $2.00


The Friends of the CRPL encourage you to drop your donated books and media at the Downtown Library, located at 450 Fifth Avenue SE. They can be put directly into the RETURNS, either through the drive-up or once inside the building.

If you have a large quantity of books and/or media you will be dropping at the Library, please contact the Friends of the CRPL at

Due to the high costs of recycling and trash removal, we ask that you limit your donations to items we can sell – things that you’d be willing to buy.

  1. No broken spines or missing covers.
  2. No torn, missing, marked, or highlighted pages.
  3. No stained, moldy, or wet pages; no books with bad odors.
  4. No magazines.
  5. No 8-Tracks, records or cassette tapes.
  6. No encyclopedias, except Britannica, and none older than 5 years from the current year.
  7. No text books older than 5 years from the current year.
  8. No condensed books of any kind.
  9. No Iowa Code books, except current year.
  10. No homemade tapes or videos.

Please do not leave boxes of books outside the donation box.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Friends have many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. If you have an interest in the following activities, contact us at

  1. Picking up large book donations in the Metro area
  2. Becoming a board member
  3. Working on special projects - book sale, farmers' market, mailings, etc.

Join us in making good things happen!

Download a printable Friends Application today.