July 30 Construction Update

The new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library is inching closer and closer to Grand Opening Day–August 24! The finishing touches are happening throughout the building and books are on shelves and ready to be checked out. Odds are good that when you check out an item from the new library you will be the first one to use it–the collection of more than 200,000 books, cds, dvds and video games was assembled over a period of two years by more than half a dozen librarians.

"Regeneration" by Albert Paley was installed July 18.

“Regeneration” by Albert Paley was installed July 18.

The atrium looks down onto the main Customer Service Commons.

The atrium looks down onto the main Customer Service Commons.

Whipple Auditorium features 200 seats, a sound system, projection and a spectacular 2-story view of Greene Square.

Whipple Auditorium features 200 seats, a sound system, projection and a spectacular 2-story view of Greene Square.

The children's library staff area is getting nearly complete.

The children’s library staff area is getting nearly complete.

Whimsical furniture in the children's library adds to the fun of the space.

Whimsical furniture in the children’s library adds to the fun of the space.

The new library will feature a media box for vending movies and video games.

The new library will feature a media box for vending movies and video games.

The skylight into the second floor creates a beautiful spot to relax and read a book.

The skylight into the second floor creates a beautiful spot to relax and read a book.

The second floor is home to nonfiction, music and dvds, as well as the technology commons.

The second floor is home to nonfiction, music and dvds, as well as the technology commons.

The parking lot on the south side of the building features permeable pavement.

The parking lot on the south side of the building features permeable pavement.

The Union, the new teen library, gets shelving and furniture.

The Union, the new teen library, gets shelving and furniture.

July 5 Construction Update

Progress continues on the downtown library and the timeline until opening is getting shorter. This month we see furniture arrive, shelves going up, and in a couple of weeks we will have books! Six semi-trucks will bring the new opening day collection of materials (books, movies, music) to the new library mid-July. These books and other items have been ordered by our wonderfully talented staff and the great folks at Baker and Taylor have been keeping everything for us until we have our new home.

Be sure to check out our plans for Grand Opening on August 24. We will have a series of activities during the weekend and there is something for everyone.

We have shelves!!!

We have shelves!!!

The entry to the new children's library has an artistic feature we call the Literacy Wall.

The entry to the new children’s library has an artistic feature we call the Literacy Wall.

The customer service commons is a sight to behold.

The customer service commons is a sight to behold.

The children's library awaits shelves, furniture and, of course, books!

The children’s library awaits shelves, furniture and, of course, books!

The skywalk is getting some finishing touches.

The skywalk is getting some finishing touches.

The seats have been installed in the auditorium.

The seats have been installed in the auditorium.

You can see someone is hard at work on the reading terrace, one of the many outdoor spaces in our new library.

You can see someone is hard at work on the reading terrace, one of the many outdoor spaces in our new library.

The south parking lot has been poured and is nearly complete.

The south parking lot has been poured and is nearly complete.

June 17 Construction Update

The weather is getting warmer and along with the sunshine comes dreams of the new library and grand opening day–August 24! The staff are getting ready for the big move to the new building. Right now, our IT Department is taking computers into the new library and getting them ready for use. They have over 100 public computers to prepare, along with the dozens of staff computers behind the scenes. It’s not a quick or easy job but we have a great team and they are working hard every day so we can jump right into work and be ready for opening.

Along with computers, we are seeing the arrival of furniture throughout the second floor. We have desks and computer tables set up and wired for power. Soon we will see trucks coming with our shelving–enough to hold the approximately 225,000 volumes that will fill the library!

Remember to mark your calendar for Grand Opening on Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 am. We’ll start with a party in Greene Square, then move on to a community-wide ribbon cutting. We’ll bring the scissors!

May 20 Downtown Library Construction Update

The downtown library construction site continues to make progress as the crew works on completing the spaces and prepping the building for furniture, fixtures and equipment. Shelving, technology, furniture will all begin to appear on site in June.

Downtown Library Construction Update April 23

The new downtown library continues to make progress as we head deeper into spring and hopefully toward warmer weather. The interior is taking shape as drywall continues to be completed throughout the building, light fixtures are installed and functional, and flooring and wall treatments are being completed. Take a look at the latest images and let us know what you think.

Downtown Library Construction Update

Construction on the new downtown library continues to progress and each of the spaces is starting to look more finished. Installation of lighting fixtures, painting and laying carpet all add to the feeling of excitement as we get closer to opening day, August 24.

Save the Date!

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library will open to the public on Saturday, August 24, 2013. The public is invited to participate in a grand opening celebration, including an interactive ribbon-cutting, special programs and events, refreshments and more throughout the day. Stay tuned to our website in coming months for more information.

Construction continues inside the building with more drywall being completed, drop ceilings being installed, and fixtures in place. On the exterior, we continue to see work on the siding, including the special siding and lighting on the exterior of the auditorium.

Downtown Library Construction Update

As the construction of the new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library continues we look to spring as a season of renewal and of complicated Iowa weather. Fortunately, most of the work taking place at the Library takes place indoors.

Work on the footing for the skywalk connecting the Library with the parking ramp next door continues. The Library will have a skywalk leading from the second floor into the third floor of the ramp.

Drywall is being installed throughout the facility and paint is starting to go up. The stairs have been installed and the light wall is ready to be completed. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to opening day.

Ladd Library Opens Saturday, February 23

West Side Library Renovation Rendering 3.13.12The new Ladd Library  at 3750 Williams Blvd. SW will open on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 am. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held inside the new library at 10:00 am. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and celebrate this special day.

The Ladd Library is named for Marilyn Ladd, a life-long Cedar Rapids resident who left her estate to the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the largest gift ever received from a single individual. This gift, along with support from the community through the West Side Story campaign, made it possible for us to open a permanent, state-of-the-art library on the city’s west side.

Ladd Library will have twenty public computers, two study rooms, one community room, a children’s library, comfortable seating, natural light, and a broad collection of materials.

After the ribbon cutting, the first story time will be held at 10:30 am, followed by a visit from  Clifford, who will give each child a free book. The Corridor Therapy Dogs will visit at 11:30 am for a meet-and-greet, and another story time will happen at 1:30 pm, again followed by Clifford and his free books.

Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to check out the new library space for themselves.

Help the Cedar Rapids Public Library Move

Two weeks from today the Cedar Rapids Public Library will begin the move to its new Someecardpermanent west side branch, called the Ladd Library, at 3750 Williams Blvd SW. The move will mean closing the west branch February 18 through 22. The Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting will be on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 am.

The Ladd Library will be a more efficient location with many features currently not available, such as public restrooms, natural light from large windows, and many opportunities for comfortable seating. There will be a children’s library, a community room for programs and public use, two study rooms, 20 public computers, free wifi, and, of course, a wonderful collection of materials to borrow.

You can help the Library make the move by coming in before February 17 and checking out as many books, movies and cds as you can handle! The check-out limit is 99 so think big! The more you check out, the fewer items we have to move.

The public is also invited to attend the “Love My Ladd Library Fundraiser” on Friday, February 22, and get a sneak peak at the new library. Tickets are $40 each and go to support the CRPL Foundation. Click here for more information.

**The downtown location in the Armstrong Centre will be open Tuesday, Feb 19 – Friday, Feb 22, 9 am to 5 pm (Both Libraries are closed on Monday, February 18 for President’s Day).