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New Images of Library 3.0

New Images of Library 3.0

The new Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library

There are so many exciting aspects to Library 3.0, more than we can show in a few sketches. These artistic renderings show how full of light the new library will be and how the space is meant to be flexible and easy to navigate.
A 200-seat auditorium with a view of Greene Square Park will be a signature part of our new library. This is a space that the community will use for a wide variety of functions, from author readings to dance recitals.
A children’s library nearly double the size of the previous one will make this a space for the newest generation of Cedar Rapidians to engage in learning, reading, and playing. A partnership with a variety of children’s service organizations (CELI) will make this an innovative space for early childhood education.
A fireplace on the second floor near the non-fiction stacks will make reading your favorite book or magazine cozy in the winter months, and a green roof/garden and patio make this the place-to-be downtown in the warmer months.
The 95,000 square foot library is expected to be completed summer 2013.

Ariel shot of the Library - Green Roof

Auditorium Interior

The 200-seat auditorium faces onto Greene Square Park.

Childrens Collection

The new children's library is nearly doubly the size of the 1985 library.


When you enter the new library, you enter into a welcoming service hub. This includes a space for quick-internet access, a cafe, entry to the teen area, stairs to go to the 2nd floor, elevator, self-checks and staff service stations. You will be able to enter the library from the north or south and find your way just by looking around.

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