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.
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:
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 CRFriends@gmail.com.
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.
Please do not leave boxes of books outside the donation box.
The Friends have many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. If you have an interest in the following activities, contact us at CRFriends@gmail.com
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Download a printable Friends Application today.