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 from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 3, in order to provide library service during this time.
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 through October 3. 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.