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Friends of the Library

What we do

The Friends of the Library support 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. Friends funds numerous projects that support and improve library services including purchasing library equipment, providing literacy outreach and sponsoring reading programs.

Book Sales

Find a variety of books and media for sale at Book Nooks located at both Library locations. Books for sale in the Book Nook are $2 each and all the proceeds go to support the Library.

Book sales are also held throughout the year at various times. Please visit our event calendar and search “book sales” for the most up-to-date information.

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!

What We Support

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library support the literacy programs and services of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Programs include:

One 2 Read
Out Loud! Author Series
Summer Dare

Donations

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library sell donated books and media throughout the year in order to support the literacy programs of the Library. You can be a part of this important work by donating your new and gently used books and media. We 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. Books are also accepted at the Ladd Library.

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 let us know if you have any questions.

Join Us

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library need you! Help us in the fight to end illiteracy by volunteering with us, donating to support our efforts, and donating your new and gently used books at either of the Cedar Rapids Public Library locations. For more information, please fill out this form.