The "first rough draft" of Cedar Rapids' history was recorded in the Gazette and other community documents for more than 180 years, and now, through a partnership with The Cedar Rapids Public...
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...
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 the 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.
The "first rough draft" of Cedar Rapids' history was recorded in the Gazette and other community documents for more than 180 years, and now, through a partnership with The Cedar Rapids Public Library, The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, The Gazette, and Advantage Archives, our collective history is accessible to all. The Cedar Rapids History Archive provides a portal to the past, allowing us to view the history of Cedar Rapids through the eyes and written accounts of those who wittnessed it.
Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) serves the 250,000 citizens of Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities in Eastern Iowa. A passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning, the CRPL exists to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment. One of only 10 Libraries in the country to win the 2017 National Medal for Museum & Library Science, the CRPL was selected due to the impact of its programs and services within our community. The history of Cedar Rapids has been recorded in the pages of our local newspapers for over 160 years. Now, by partnering with the Gazette, the State Historical Society Of Iowa, Advantage Preservation, and with the generous support of our community via the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Cedar Rapids history is more accessible We are proud of our role in preserving our past, making it accessible in the present, and ensuring its future.
LIBRARY LOCATION & HOURS
Downtown 450 Fifth Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401