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The Greyhound Cafe is located inside the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library with drive-up available beginning at 7:30 am weekdays. For catering requests, please call (319) 739-0499 or email greyhounddeli@gmail.com.


Computer Access
& Printing

The library offers free access to public computing, wireless internet, and mobile printing.

Interlibrary Loan

If an item you are seeking is not available at any library in the Metro Network, we can often get it from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Books by Mail

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library provide Books-By-Mail for homebound residents who are not able to visit the library.

Ask a Librarian

A limited reference service to residents of Cedar Rapids and other patrons with Metro Library Network cards.

Book Clubs & Kits

The library currently supports three book clubs. They are open to the public and newcomers are always welcome.


Got a great business idea? The Cedar Rapids MICRO program may be what you need, and we can help you get started.

Space Rental

We welcome you to celebrate your special day or event at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library!

Art on Exhibit

The Ladd Library Gallery and the Third Floor Art Gallery at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library are designed to give community artists a place to display their work.


Academic OneFile

The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic libraries from the world's leading journals, this comprehensive resource covers the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects. With millions of articles in both PDF and HTML full-text format and simultaneous, unlimited usage, researchers are able to find accurate, timely information quickly.

Business Insights: Essentials

Gale Business Insights: Essentials delivers authoritative company and industry information, articles, and statistical data. Business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, investors, financial planners, and general researchers can explore real-world applications and develop analytical skills. 

Agriculture Collection

With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of a growing body of knowledge. Researchers will have access to current and authoritative periodical content that spans the industry--from practical aspects of farming to cutting-edge scientific research in horticulture.


An Ebscohost reference center for autorepair on vehicles. Use this service anywhere!

Books and Authors

Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.

Chilton Library

This 24-hour on-call "mechanic" provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.

Cedar Rapids Archive

Learn more about Cedar Rapids history by accessing these historical newspapers and telephone books. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids Public Library Cardholders!

Business Economics & Theory Collection

The Business Economics & Theory Collection offers instant access to full-text academic journals and magazines--with a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit bibliographic index.


ArticleFirst is an Index to articles from over 12,000 journals. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids Public Library Cardholders!

Criminal Justice Collection

The Criminal Justice Collection informs the research process for researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, or terrorism, training for paralegal service, preparing for a career in homeland security, delving into forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports, and much more.

Communication & Mass Media Collection

Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature, meet the needs of researchers.

Cloud Library

Cloud Library brings you a seamless eBook experience. Start your book on one device and then resume on another! The Metro Library Network brings you yet another resource for free ebooks through the 3M Cloud Library. Access ebooks anywhere using the 3M app on your mobile device or computer. Use this service anywhere!

Credo Reference

Credo is a database of background content. It's full-text and can help you learn the basics of any topic. Start your research here to focus your topic, find keywords and people, and discover more in-depth books and articles.

Educator\'s Reference Complete

Educator's Reference Complete provides access to academic journals, reports, and many premier reference sources in the field of education. The database includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing.

Foundation Directory Online

Guide to grants and foundations from the Foundation Center. Sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards, and other financial support to individuals. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids Public Library Cardholders and in the Library itself!

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

Sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support to individuals.


Ebscohost has several different databases that index magazines, newspapers, and journals. This service is available to all area Library Cardholders.

Health Reference Center Academic

Health Reference Center Academic provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health studentsas well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

General OneFile

General OneFile is Gale's largest general-interest database, serving as the public library's ultimate periodical resource, with more than 8,000 titles (most in full text with no embargo), many of which are recommended by Bowker's Magazines for Libraries. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.

InfoTrac Newsstand

InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current newsand searchable archives.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

Provides accurate, authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative and complementary medical practices.

Heritage Quest

Online database for genealogy research. Use this service anywhere!

Health Reference Center Academic

Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals, Health Reference Center Academic is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics.

Iowa SILO Locator

The Locator is the statewide union catalog used by the public and libraries to locate library items. It represents the holdings of 666 Iowa libraries and contains 3.8 million titles and represents more than 15.4 million items held in Iowa Libraries.

Informe Academico

Informe Académico meets the research needs of Spanish-speaking users with a wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines both from and about Latin America.


Watch over 30000 documentaries, classic and indie films through this streaming service. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids and Marion residents.

Kids InfoBits

InfoBits is a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.

Morningstar Investment Reseach Center

Research on stocks and investments. Use this service anywhere!


Lawchek offers information on common legal topics in eleven areas of law. Use this service anywhere!

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library offers a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorials. These platforms are designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing test they must pass. Use this service anywhere!

Power Search

Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.


The worlds largest language-learning service. Choose from over 80 languages to learn! Use this service anywhere!


Have access to more than 2,295 newspapers, large and small, from all 50 states and around the world. Use this service anywhere!


Have access to more than 2,295 newspapers, large and small, from all 50 states and around the world. Use this link for use in the Cedar Rapids Public Library


Having trouble deciding on a book? Novelist can help recommend a book based on numerous titles and authors. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids Public Library Cardholders!

Obituary Index

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Partial Obituary Indexing for years 1950-1985. Some indexing for 1934-1940. Use this service anywhere!


Overdrive allows you to borrow eBook and Audiobooks from us here at the Cedar Rapids Public Library - anywhere, anytime. All you need is your library card number! Access to this service is limited to residents in the Metro Library Network only. Use this service anywhere!

RBDigital Audiobooks

Digital audiobooks are available for download from RBDigital. Use the app or the link to access the library.

RBDigital Magazines - Formerly Zinio

Access dozens of popular magazines for free! Use this service anywhere!


Powerful online reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in depth info on 24 million US businesses and 235 million US residents. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids Public Library Cardholders!

Research in Context

Created for middle school students, Gale'sResearch In Contextsupports engaged learning by bringing together the best and most relevant digital content into one modern, student-friendly, and mobile-responsive website.


TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

Transparent Language Online

Transparent offers unlimited access to more than 100 languages, with courses designed to build listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Value Line

Research thousands of stocks and mutual funds with Value Line. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids Public Library Cardholders!

Value Line remote

From home or the office, Value Line remote is the most trusted name in investment research. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids Public Library Cardholders!