The Cedar Rapids Library officially closed the doors Sunday at its Westdale Mall location. Library staff and volunteers now will spend the week moving into a permanent westside home.
“It’s a big process. It’s not a long drive, we’re just going across the street, but it’s a big move. We are taking all of our materials over there,” said Amber Mussman, the public information officer at the Cedar Rapids Library.
Mussman said 60,000 to 70,000 books and materials will need to be moved.
The new Ladd Library will offer amenities that the Westdale Mall location couldn’t offer.
“One of the great things that we are looking forward to is the natural light,” Mussman said. “There are big, beautiful windows in that place that just make it a wonderful place that you want to spend time in.”
The 21,000-square-foot library also will feature study rooms, free Wi-Fi and public restrooms.
Do you think the new west-side library will be better than the library’s Westdale Mall location?