Rendering of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library, which is under construction on the corner of 4th Ave and 5th Street SE and expected to open in late summer 2013 Click here to view floor plans.
The new Cedar Rapids Public Library opens to the public at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 24, 2013. The day will include a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
10:00 am - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - The entire community is invited to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Get there early so you are guaranteed a part in the festivities.
Construction continues to move quickly at the site of the new library, and regular updates, including photos, are posted on our Connect blog.
A web cam captured the action starting with demolition and ending in March. See the building go up one step at a time. Click here to view the time-lapse video.
Library 3.0 - The Campaign to Build a New Cedar Rapids Public Library
Library 3.0, the campaign to build a new Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL), is all coming together to help prepare young minds—for the future. Why is the campaign called Library 3.0? Because this will be the third and most forward-thinking version of a main library in downtown Cedar Rapids (Library 1.0 would have been the Carnegie Library, which opened in 1905. Library 2.0 would have been the last library, which opened in 1985 and was destroyed in the flood of 2008).
The innovative plans for the new CRPL combine all of the best that today's libraries have to offer. The airy, 95,000-square-foot facilty will be a multipurpose community gathering spot impacting the area civically, academically, economically, socially and technologically.
Past and Present
Approximately 160,000 of the nearly 300,000 books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and other volumes were destroyed in the 2008 flood. The library staff and volunteers saved the truly irreplaceable of the collection and an estimated 60,000 items of the children's book collection. Fortunately, approximately 32,000 items were checked out oat the time. Everything else in the library's holdings was lost to the flood.
Since the opening of the 1985 building (Library 2.0), more than 10 million patrons have checked out more than 20 million books. Prior to the flood, the main library was visited by 1,200 individuals each day, making it the most used building downtown. With an expected 35 percent increase in library use, the new library will attract more than 1,600 visitors daily, providing an expanded customer base for downtown businesses.
The new library will offer a growing, changing collection of great eBooks and traditional books through an active, targeted collection and download station opportunities. Beyond books, the new library will be:
Why build a library, especially now? Click here to read some answers to this common concern.