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.
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.
The children’s library staff area is getting nearly complete.
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 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 parking lot on the south side of the building features permeable pavement.
The Union, the new teen library, gets shelving and furniture.