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Closure FAQs

Library administration is working with the City of Cedar Rapids and the Library Board of Trustees to assess the situation and determine when it is best to reopen. At this time, Library buildings will be closed until further notice.

Unlike retail stores and restaurants, everything that leaves the library is expected to come back. This presents a unique and critical challenge for libraries.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is working closely with the City of Cedar Rapids, Library Board of Trustees, and our county health department to determine when we can begin safely providing services. Staff safety, personal protective equipment availability, and health/safety guidelines are all part of the decision making process.  The safety of our staff and patrons is our priority.

Yes, we encourage you to browsing the Library catalog and place holds on items that interest you. You will be notified when holds are available for pickup.

The Library is offering curbside hold pickup. You will be notified when your holds are available. One notified, please visit the Library and call 319.261.7323 for instructions on a no-contact pickup process.

All Library buildings and drop boxes are closed. Please keep your materials at this time. You will not accrue fines.

Please keep all Library materials at this time. Due dates will be extended and fines are suspended until June 16.

The Library has a variety of digital resources available from anywhere! These include ebooks, audiobooks, music, streaming movies and television, and so much more. Explore our Resources and Services page for access to these services.

Additionally, the Library is providing a variety of programs on our Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Please sign up for a library card on our website, or call the Library at 319.261.7323 and a staff member will assist you.

Please call the Library at 319.261.7323 and a staff member will assist you.

Please call the Library at 319.261.7323 and a staff member will assist you.

We will do our best to keep you updated on this page as well as on our social media accounts.

Library staff  are being trained on safety precautions and working hard to reorganize the facilities in order to provide services. They are working to provide curbside holds and prepare for your items to be returned. They are also working remotely and assisting patrons on the phone, email, social media, and our website.

Links You Can Trust

The Library has put together a list of online resources to assist our community in learning the facts about the Coronavirus, COVID-19. This information will be updated as more information becomes available.

World Health Organization (WHO)