Library Closed for Memorial Day

Both locations of the Cedar Rapids Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. 

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Contact Us


450 Fifth Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


(319) 739-0443


Charity Tyler

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Executive Director

Jess Netolicky

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Development Associate

Ashley Burns

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Administrative Assistant

Our History

Originally established in 1972 as the Metropolitan Cedar Rapids Library Foundation, the Foundation’s mission has always been focused on supporting the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s efforts to promote literacy and lifelong learning in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. In 1980, after five failed bond proposal votes, the Foundation was reorganized and refocused to help finance the library’s move from the Third Avenue Carnegie Library to the First Street library location. With support from the Hall Foundation and the City of Cedar Rapids, the renamed Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation and hundreds of volunteers raised money needed to build a new library, which opened in 1985.

In the years that followed, the Foundation provided funds in support of the library’s collections, technology, infrastructure, art acquisitions, and more. Following the flood of 2008, the Foundation’s role was again reimagined and focused on rebuilding both the Downtown Library and the Cedar Rapids community. In collaboration with the City and thousands of donors and volunteers, the Foundation and library leadership led successful campaigns to build not one, but two new libraries for our community. The Foundation and library are now, more than ever, concentrated on providing our patrons with innovative opportunities to interact with and learn through books, technology, art, and each other.

Board of Directors (FY2024)

Megan Murphy-Sayler, President
Senior Communications Specialist, NextEra Energy

Julie Rosenbohm, Vice President
Strategic Business Planning Manager, Transamerica

Ben Clark, Secretary
President & COO, Steel Therapeutics

Salma Igram, Board Treasurer
Vice President/CFO, Cedar Graphics

Monica Challenger, Trustee Vice President
Electrical Design & Analysis Engineer, The Boeing Company

Jen Conwell, Board Member
Knowledge Management Project Manager, Collins Aerospace

Andrew Gordon, Board Member
Mortgage Lender/Banker, Flat Branch Home Loans

Jade Hart, Trustee Past President
Community Volunteer

Derek Johansen, Board Member
Director Investment Reporting, Transamerica

Rick Kullander, Board Member
Lead Real Estate/Right of Way Agent, Alliant Energy

Jennifer Peden, Board Member
Vice President/COO, Area Ambulance Service

Patrick Sauter, Board Member
Vice President, King’s Material & Dakota Red Corporation

Clint Twedt-Ball, Trustee President 
Executive Director, Matthew 25

Marc Wallace, Board Member
Sales Manager, Dave Wright Nissan Subaru

Sean Williams, Past President
Project Manager, Rayser Holdings

Bylaws and Financial Documents

The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors.

The Library Foundation follows the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Audit and Accounting Guide for Not-for-Profit Organizations to ensure financial statements conform with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Information about how your donations are used is openly provided, and we welcome questions on Foundation-funded library programs and services.

CRPL Foundation Bylaws

CRPL Foundation Determination Letter

Tax ID No. 23-7292786

Audited Financial Statements

Fiscal Year 2023 Audited Financials (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023)

Fiscal Year 2022 Audited Financials (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022)

Fiscal Year 2021 Audited Financials (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)

Fiscal Year 2020 Audited Financials (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020)

Fiscal Year 2019 Audited Financials (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019)


IRS Form 990

2023 Form 990

2022 Form 990

2021 Form 990

2020 Form 990

2019 Form 990



Donor Bill of Rights

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.