Sign up for a free library card in person at any Metro Library Network location, online, or by calling (319) 261-7323. Learn more.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is fine free. Fees are assessed if an item is not returned to the library after 30 days. Refunds will be given for lost items that are found and returned in good condition within six months of the loss date.
Most items can be renewed twice. Some items like Quickflicks and Quick Pick items cannot be renewed. Items that have holds on them cannot be renewed.
Renew in person at any Metro Library Network location, by calling (319) 261-7323, on the MLN Mobile app, or online by accessing your account. You will be prompted for your library card number and PIN. Once you have logged into your account, select the items you wish to renew and click ‘Renew items’. Items that have been renewed will show the updated due date.
Our staff can look up your card number for you so you may still check out items. If you have the MLN App, your library card is stored there for you to use as well.
The library subscribes to several digital services for ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more, including Overdrive, cloudLibrary, and Hoopla. You can search directly on their websites or apps, or find their digital materials available in our catalog. Certain services may be limited to Cedar Rapids cardholders only.
We have several Spark Kits you can borrow, designed to inspire new hobbies, as well as Reflections Kits for adults with dementia and memory loss, and resources for children. Learn more about them here.
Place a hold in person at any Metro Library Network location, by calling (319) 261-7323, on the MLN Mobile app, or online by accessing your account. You will be notified by email, telephone or mail when a reserved item is available for pickup.
Items can be held at any of the Metro Area Libraries, regardless of where you live. You may place holds on existing items as well as items that are on order or that are being processed by our cataloging staff. Once a hold has been placed, you can access your account online to see your position in the hold queue.
Book drops are located within and outside the Downtown and Ladd Libraries, the Hiawatha Public Library, and the Marion Public Library, as well as inside the main entrances of local Hy-Vees.
The library has a Books by Mail program for patrons unable to visit the library because of a temporary or permanent disability. Learn more.
Want library staff to pick something great out for you? Fill out a Grab Bag request for curbside pickup. Fill out this form to tell us what you’re hoping to get and which library you wish to pick up items from. Library staff will place holds on a selection of items that are already on the shelves of that location.
You can also find book recommendations based on what you’ve enjoyed in the past with NoveList, or check out our staff picks or book recommendations on our blog.