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Fifth Avenue Entrance Opens for Holds Pickup and Returns

The Fifth Avenue entrance of the Downtown Library is now open for holds pickup and material returns during regular library hours. The drive-up return is now open as well. Curbside hold pickup is available for those who prefer. The rest of the Downtown Library remains closed for cleaning and repairs at this time. Additionally, masks are requested but… View more

Cedar Rapids Public Library is Certified Sensory Inclusive

KultureCity has partnered with the Cedar Rapids Public Library to make the library and the programs and events the library hosts to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative promotes an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and patrons with a sensory issue that visit either the Downtown or Ladd Libraries.  The certification process entailed the staff at the library being trained by leading… View more

Cedar Rapids Public Library Seeks Input on Permanent Westside Facility

The Ladd Library is currently in a leased space located at 3750 Williams Blvd SW. In 2020, the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation received a significant gift from the estate of Nadine Sandberg which will lead the way toward establishing this permanent location on the city’s west side. The Library, City of Cedar Rapids, and Linn… View more

A year later, Library staff and volunteers recall helping with derecho response

When the derecho roared through Cedar Rapids a year ago, Ladd Library Branch Manager Stephanie Hall wasn’t at the library on Cedar Rapids’ west side. But she could see how bad things were, and she called Branch Supervisor Tina Pipkin to check in. The building had only been reopened on a limited basis for computer… View more

New Library team member Linden Galloway loves cooking and science fiction

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff One of the newest Library staff members is Programming Librarian Linden Galloway. He started at the Library at the end of July, and we wanted to introduce him as part of our ongoing series profiling Library staff. What does your job typically include? I just started, so mostly… View more

For Patron Services Specialist Sampurna Ghosh, Library is ‘a temple of positivity’

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff This week we’re introducing Patron Services Specialist Sampurna Ghosh, as part of our series on the employees who make the Library great. Sampurna started at the Library in September 2019, and primarily works downtown. What does your job typically include? I like to think of my role as… View more