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
- M-Th 9am-8pm
- Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
- Sun CLOSED