The Cedar Rapids Public Library will close buildings to the public and return to curbside services only beginning Monday, November 16, 2020.
Book drops remain open and materials go through a 72-hour quarantine period before returning to circulation.
“Our libraries are critical community resources and we continue to monitor the situation and respond to the changing data,” said Dara Schmidt, Cedar Rapids Public Library Director. “Based on the current increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, returning to curbside services is the safest way for us to provide access to physical materials at this time.”
Curbside Holds Pick-Up Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 7:30 pm
Friday-Saturday, 9 am – 4:30 pm
When notified your hold is available, please visit https://www.crlibrary.org/curbside-holds to schedule an appointment or visit the Library, stay in your vehicle, and call 319.261.7323 for instructions.
In addition to the opportunity to access physical materials through curbside hold pickup, the Library offers delivery through CHOMP, a local delivery service. Fees apply and are based on distance from the Library. Visit chomp.delivery to use this service.
Patrons seeking assistance finding new items to read or watch can take advantage of the Library’s Grab Bag program. Simply fill out a form on our website and Library staff will select items for you based on your preferences and place these items on hold. Then use our curbside holds process to receive this items in a safe and no-contact way.
Library staff continue to provide service online and on the phone during operating hours. Additionally, programs are being offered virtually through the Library’s social media channels.
Digital services offer users access to eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, streaming media (movies and tv), music, and much more. Explore CRLibrary.org/library-at-home for access to a variety of resources.
Please refer to the Linn County Department of Health, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions on COVID-19.