If you want to take out a book at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in downtown Cedar Rapids, you're going to have to do it from your car! According to a new article from KCRG, the library will be shutting its doors and moving to curbside services ONLY next week.

Beginning next Monday, November 16th, curbside library services will be available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

An article on the library's website says that the coronavirus pandemic has caused them to make the switch to curbside pickup and drop off. The Cedar Rapids Public Library Director Dara Schmidt said, “based on the current increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, returning to curbside services is the safest way for us to provide access to physical materials at this time.”

Some of the services that will be available to library patrons include existing hold pickup, placing and picking up new holds, the Library Grab Bag, and curbside printing. The book drop will also remain open, but the website notes that "materials go through a 72-hour quarantine period before returning to circulation." For more details on any of these services or to search the library's online catalog, click HERE.

Greyhound Deli & Cafe, which operates out of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, remains open for drive-thru services on the south side of the library. You can place an order online HERE or by calling 319-739-0499. They are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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