CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa--The Cedar Rapids Public Library is making some changes as they gear up for the grand opening of their new downtown location. The $49 million library is scheduled to open on August 24th.
The structure of the new building is pretty much complete, but there is a lot to do on the inside to get the library ready. That includes installing shelves which were just delivered and filling them with books. For this reason, the temporary downtown location which has been housed in the Armstrong Center will shut down at the end of the day Friday. There will be no downtown site for two months while staff work to get the new location ready. That includes unloading six semi trucks full of books that are being delivered in a few weeks and getting all the technology up and running. At 94,000 square feet, the new building is about 11 percent bigger than the pre-flood location.
More than just shelves with books, the new site features a roof top garden plaza, walk and read treadmills, fireplaces, and a café.
"It allows us to be the hub of the community, The library can be the heart of the communit, where people, no matter what they love we can honor that. We have outside space, inside space, we've got civic space where we can meet almost any need of groups ," said Bob Pasicznyuk, Library Director.
While the downtown location is closed patrons can visit the Ladd Library on the city's Southwest side or libraries in neighboring communities of Marion and Hiawatha. The Ladd library will be closed on Friday June 21st, while they make some changes to the layout. It will reopen on Saturday.