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Friends of the Library

Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Possibilities.

children reading a book

Open Books!

What we do

OUR CORE VALUE: We believe that reading changes lives.

OUR VISION: To inspire, encourage, and empower readers of all ages.

OUR MISSION: To support the Cedar Rapids Public Library by:

  • Contributing funds to the Library’s literacy outreach programs
  • Raising community awareness of and participation in the Library’s programs and services


  • To put more books into more hands
  • To raise awareness about and provide funding for the Library’s literacy programs
  • To build an active and diverse community of book lovers and library supporters

Book Sales

Find a variety of books and media for sale at Book Nooks located at both Library locations. Books for sale in the Book Nook are $2 each and all the proceeds go to support the Library.

Book sales are also held throughout the year at various times. Please visit our event calendar and search “book sales” for the most up-to-date information.

Support the Friends of the CRPL and get a great read at the same time by attending one of their regularly scheduled book sales throughout the year.

Please join us for any of our upcoming book sales to support the Cedar Rapids Public Library!

What We Support

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library support the literacy programs and services of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Programs include:

One 2 Read
Out Loud! Author Series
Summer Dare

Book Donations

At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you not donate items directly to the Library. Please reach out to the Friends at crfriends@gmail.com for details on donations.


The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library sell donated books and media throughout the year in order to support the literacy programs of the Library. You can be a part of this important work by donating your new and gently used books and media. We encourage you to drop your donated books and media at the Downtown Library, located at 450 Fifth Avenue SE. They can be put directly into the RETURNS, either through the drive-up or once inside the building. Books are also accepted at the Ladd Library.

If you have a large quantity of books and/or media you will be dropping at the Library, please contact the Friends of the CRPL at CRFriends@gmail.com.

Due to the high costs of recycling and trash removal, we ask that you limit your donations to items we can sell – things that you’d be willing to buy. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Join Us

The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library need you! Help us in the fight to end illiteracy by volunteering with us, giving to support our efforts, and donating your new and gently used books at either of the Cedar Rapids Public Library locations. Click here to support the Friends of the Library. For more information, please fill out this form.

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