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Friends of the Library

Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Possibilities.

children reading a book

Open Books!

What we do

OUR CORE VALUE: We believe that reading changes lives.

OUR VISION: To inspire, encourage, and empower readers of all ages.

OUR MISSION: To support the Cedar Rapids Public Library by:

  • Contributing funds to the Library’s literacy outreach programs
  • Raising community awareness of and participation in the Library’s programs and services


  • To put more books into more hands
  • To raise awareness about and provide funding for the Library’s literacy programs
  • To build an active and diverse community of book lovers and library supporters

Book Sales

Books for purchase are always available at the Book Nooks at both Library locations. Children’s books are $2 each; all other books are $2 each. Proceeds support literacy programs of the Library.

In-person book sales are held throughout the year. Visit our event calendar and search “book sales” for the most current information. You can also follow Friends on Facebook.

Private appointments can be made to “shop the stacks” in the Friends’ sorting center by emailing: crfriends@gmail.com.

Book Donations

Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library gratefully accept new and gently used books and media. Specific instructions as to how to donate and what items are accepted can be found here.

If you have more than 5 boxes of books and/or media you would like to donate, please contact Friends of the CRPL at crfriends@gmail.com.


What We Support

Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library support the literacy and outreach programs of the Library, including:

Summer Dare – Annual Summer Learning Challenge
Brainfuse HelpNow – Homework Help and Tutoring

Join Us

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library need you! Help us in the fight to end illiteracy by volunteering with us, giving to support our efforts, and donating your new and gently used books at either of the Cedar Rapids Public Library locations. Click here to support the Friends of the Library. For more information, please fill out this form.