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.
All proceeds from our Book Nooks also go to benefit the libraries in our network! All books at our Book Nooks have great books and media for all ages at a fixed price.
All items are $1.00 with the Nook at the entrance.
All items are $2.00 with the Nook across from the main stairs on the first floor.
Friends of the Library’s Basement Books is open to the public from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm every Saturday. Basement Books is located in the lower level of the Cherry Building at 329 10th Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids’ NewBo district. You’ll find great bargains on used and collectible books every Saturday, and very purchase helps us support the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Stop in!
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.
Please join us for any of our upcoming book sales to support the Cedar Rapids Public Library!
2017 Farmers Market Sales
8 am – 1 pm
Saturday: June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15, August 5 & 19, September 2
Downtown Library Urban Plaza – 450 5th Ave SE
Basement Books – NOW OPEN
Friends of the Library’s Basement Books is open to the public from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm every Saturday.
Cherry Building- 329 10th Ave SE
For more information about book sales or volunteering, please email email@example.com.
What We Support
In the Fall, Friends of the Library hosts a major fundraiser – the Annual Book Sale. More than 80,000 donated books of quality are available for purchase at very affordable prices. We partner with various Cedar Rapids’ locations to make our sales easily accessible. Proceeds from this event, plus membership contributions, corporate support, memorials and grants allow Friends to continue to provide valuable support to one of Cedar Rapids’ greatest resources – the Public Library.
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.
No broken spines or missing covers.
No torn, missing, marked, or highlighted pages.
No stained, moldy, or wet pages; no books with bad odors.
No 8-Tracks, records or cassette tapes.
No encyclopedias, except Britannica, and none older than 5 years from the current year.
No text books older than 5 years from the current year.
No condensed books of any kind.
No Iowa Code books, except current year.
No homemade tapes or videos.
No VHS tapes.
Please do not leave boxes of books outside the donation box.