Sept 28, 1:46 pm
The Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library will reopen on Monday, October 3, at 9 am, and resume normal library operations. The Library closed on Saturday, September 23 due to flood concerns. Safety of our patrons and our community remained the priority during the flood crisis, and the Downtown Library, while in no immediate danger, was located within the evacuation zone.
The Ladd Library will open for special hours on Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 5 pm in order to provide library service. The Ladd Library is located at 3750 Williams Blvd SW.
Library staff was allowed access to the building on Wednesday, September 28, and work began that day to prepare the Library to reopen. Precautions were put in place to prevent any possible damage to materials in the event water entered the building. No water or flood damage has occurred at this time.
The Cedar River crested on Tuesday, Sept 27 at 22 feet. The Downtown Library was built with no basement and mechanical systems are located on the third floor. The building itself is elevated three feet above the previous 2008 flood water level on the site.
Fines for library materials have been suspended until October 1. Patrons are encouraged to return items to the Ladd Library or the Marion Public Library or Hiawatha Public Library. Drop box locations are also located in each metro HyVee location.
Library staff have been working throughout the flood to provide support to residents who were displaced. Outreach to shelters has included providing kits with games, books and activities for all ages, as well as staff to keep people company and occupied during this difficult time.
The Library will continue to work with the community to support them during the recovery process.
Greyhound Café, located in the Downtown Library, will also be open for business Monday. They will be serving free coffee to anyone who volunteered during the flood, as well as donating 5% of sales to flood relief.
Sept 28, 10:30 am
The Downtown Library will remain closed Wednesday and Thursday, Sept 28-29. We will update here and on social media as we know more.
Please visit the City of Cedar Rapids website for regular updates, including an updated evacuation map and road closures.
Sept 26, 7:46 pm
The Downtown Library will remain closed through Wednesday, September 28. Updates on reopening will be posted here and on social media. The Ladd Library will continue to operate normally.
Sept 25, 8:26 am
The City asked residents and businesses in affected areas to evacuate by 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. An 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. curfew will also be put in place and enforced in evacuated neighborhoods. See the evacuation area in the map and document on the City of Cedar Rapids website.
The Ladd Library will operate normally today from 9 am to 8 pm.
Sept 24, 12:32 pm
The Ladd Library will remain open regular library hours.
Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd SW
Saturday: ClosedSunday: 1 – 5 pm
Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sept 24, 11:05 am
The Downtown Library is not in need of assistance as this time. The Library is not in the current flood plain. We are implementing precautionary measures at this time to be prepared. We are thinking of all of our friends and neighbors who are in need of assistance. Please continue to visit the City of Cedar Rapids Iowa Government website for information and updates and go to United Way of East Central Iowa for volunteer information. #wearecr
Sept 23, 10:30 pm
The Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library will be closed through Tuesday, September 27, in response to the rising Cedar River. The safety of our patrons, staff and greater community are our priority.
Fines for library materials will be suspended beginning Sunday until October 1. Patrons are encouraged to return items to the Ladd Library or the Marion Public Library or Hiawatha Public Library. Drop box locations are also located in each metro HyVee location.
The Downtown Library is not located in the current flood plain. It was built with no basement and mechanical systems are located on the third floor. The building itself is elevated three feet above the previous 2008 flood water level on the site.
Please stay tuned to the Cedar Rapids Public Library website and Facebook page for updates.
Sept 23, 4:45 pm
The NewBo Market sandbagging location near 11 St. SW is closed. The City is opening another sandbagging location at the old K-Mart location at 16 Ave. SW and Williams Blvd. SW. The sandbagging locations at Ellis Park Pavilion and 5th St. NW and K Ave. NW are still operating. The public is encouraged to go to one of these three locations if they need sandbags or would like to help with sandbagging efforts. Volunteers should bring shovels.
Sept 23, 4:00 pm
Please avoid flood impacted areas at this time unless you are assisting someone. This is important so that emergency vehicles and crews can get to the areas they need to help.
The Library will do its part by forgiving fines on library materials beginning Sunday and through the first of October. You can still return items to ourMetro Library Network partners in Marion and Hiawatha as well as local HyVee locations.
The Downtown Library will remain regular library hours (until 5 pm today and 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, closed Sunday) for those who need access or a warm and dry place to be.
Sept 23, 2016: 11:27 am
The Cedar River is projected to crest at 24.1 feet on Monday, September 26. The Downtown Library is not in the anticipated flood plain. At this time, we will continue to operate and serve the community as we do every day. We will update our website and Facebook pages should the situation change.
The Library is here for you! We have staff on hand to assist you with information, answer questions, and guide you to necessary resources. We also offer a comfortable and dry space available for you to sit and read, work, or connect.
For information on volunteering or getting resources, call the United Way of East Central Iowa at 2-1-1.
Please visit the City of Cedar Rapids website for regular updates, including road closures which may impact accessing the Library. Thank you and stay safe out there.