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Coronavirus

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.

We are expanding by appointment services gradually to work within the framework of our gradual reopening plan.  At this point, we are open for computer use by appointment as of July 27.  Please click here to make an appointment.

Library buildings are closed until further notice. Click here for City of Cedar Rapids coronavirus information and FAQs.

Unlike retail stores and restaurants, everything that leaves the library is expected to come back. Additionally, we are a place where people come to browse, learn, connect and gather. In the current state of public health crisis, we know we cannot provide those same services to our community. This presents a unique and critical challenge for libraries. The Library has developed a phased reopening plan that provides much-needed services as it is safe to do so. We will begin with services by appointment. Patrons can now make an appointment to use a public computer for one hour a day.

The Library is working closely with the City of Cedar Rapids, Library Board of Trustees, and our county health department on our reopening plans. 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. Please check back regularly for updates.

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. Please click here to learn more about our no-contact holds pickup process.

The Library is offering curbside hold pickup by appointment only. Once you are notified your holds are available, please visit the appointment page on the website or call 319.261.7323 and staff will assist you.

Why is this now appointment only? Adjusting to by appointment services helps us shorten wait times in parking lots, utilize staff efficiently, and prepare to offer additional appointment services as community need and conditions change.

Library book drops and materials returns are now open at all location, including metro HyVee stores. There is no need to try and clean or sanitize your library materials at home. Items returned to the Library will be quarantined for a brief period of time as a safety precaution.

Book drops are now open at all locations. Our libraries have gone fine free, so if you feel it is safer for you to remain home and keep your materials, you will not accrue fines. Please contact us for specific account questions by calling 319.261.READ.

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 providing curbside holds, processing materials as they are returned, and preparing new materials daily. 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)