The Cedar Rapids Public Library values the health and safety of our community. In response to the latest information from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Cedar Rapids Public Library is closed to the public starting March 16 until further notice. We are committed to offering a safe workplace for staff while continuing to welcome and serve our patrons. Due dates will be adjusted so patrons can keep all materials until April 16. Online and phone reference help will be available from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm until further notice. While the library is closed, please visit https://www.crlibrary.org/resourcesservices/ for resources you can use from home.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is working together with the City of Cedar Rapids to provide factual information on the Coronavirus and COVID-19. Please visit the City of Cedar Rapids website for up-to-date information.
The novel (new) coronavirus, also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19), is a respiratory disease that was first detected in China and now has been detected in 89 countries, including in the United States. Currently, according to Linn County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health, residents of Iowa are at low risk of exposure. At the same time, public health experts recommended that residents prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine.
Help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and COVID-19 by:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue
- Staying home if you are ill
The Library is working closely with our City as part of the emergency preparedness plans and continuity of operations plan, as the safety of our community is top priority.
Factual information is important whenever there is a public health concern. The City of Cedar Rapids has partnered with local, state, and federal partners to keep citizens and City employees informed with facts and prevention measures. City staff is in continual contact with Linn County Public Health to stay informed about the latest recommendations and updates from public health experts. The City is committed to our partnerships and we are working collectively to share information that we receive from public health agencies. The City has also created a list of some Frequently Asked Questions that are City of Cedar Rapids specific, such as clarifying that our drinking water remains safe as COVID-19 is not transmitted through the municipal water system.
The Library takes health and safety very seriously. We encourage you to visit the CDC website to learn more about what you can do to keep yourself healthy and prevent the spread of illness.