One of the common questions we get at Kirkwood Library Services in Cedar Rapids is some variation of where can I get something to drink or eat, where are the nearest vending machines? We haven’t had a very handy answer before, but now we do.

Both a pop machine and a snack machine were recently installed in the elevator room or elevator alcove just outside the library in the lobby. These machines are available anytime the building is unlocked, whether the library is open or not.


The pop machine features 20 oz bottles for $1.75 general Pepsi products plus Sierra Mist, Orange Crush, Brisk Lemonade, and Green Tea Citrus.

Pop MachineThe snacks include a variety of chips ($1.00), a selection of candy bars ($1.25), and a range of other vending machine food ranging from nuts to cookies to Pop Tarts to graham crackers (individual items from 75 cents to $1.25).

For a broader selection the next nearest machines are in Linn Hall and then there are more in Iowa Hall by the cafeteria. There is a slightly bigger selection of vending machines in the 1st floor hallway at the end of Linn Hall closet to the library, including energy drinks. For a broad variety though, check out the lobby area in the central part of Linn Hall. The machines aren’t grouped together, so be sure to do the complete circuit around the lobby to see if they have you want. The bigger selection includes more energy drinks, Coke, and more substantial snacks like sandwiches. There are also two microwaves there for student use and a branch Cafe is open during fixed hours during the week. But if you don’t want to walk that far or up to The Cafe these new machines next to the library should cover the basics.


Next time you need a break on this side of campus remember you can stop by the library.

NOTE: They don’t take dollar coins.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.