With the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library closed temporarily after a fire on July 27, library staff have partnered with Waypoint to open a cooling and computer center next to the Madge Phillips Center Shelter at 520 Fourth Ave. SE.
“We recognize the vital role the library plays in our community, and having access to both computers and a cool place to escape the summer heat is an integral part of that role,” Library Director Dara Schmidt said. “We are grateful for a community partner like Waypoint stepping up to help us fill the gap in services.”
The center will open Thursday, Aug. 4. Its hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is available in the library lot on Fifth Avenue SE or in metered spots outside the building.
Library staff will be working at the center, which will be set up with 10 library computers and WiFi access. Computer use will be limited to one-hour sessions, depending on demand. There will be limited additional chair and table space available for patrons. Library books and other materials will not be accessible in the space.
Free computer use is also available at Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd., Cedar Rapids, and the Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha, which are also both cooling stations.
Additional cooling stations in Cedar Rapids are:
- Cedar Rapids Lindale Mall, 4444 First Ave. NE
- The Salvation Army, 1000 C Ave. NW
- Cedar Valley Community Support Services, 2515 18th St. SW Suite
The Downtown Library remains closed for cleaning and repairs at this time. Cleaning and restoration work on the Downtown Library is predicted to take several weeks, with reopening slated by September. Updates will be provided as more information is available.