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For a long time Kirkwood Library Services really wasn’t budgeted for books not specifically related to classes. Last year we received a grant courtesy of the Great Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and Popular Books1were able to use to the funds to create a popular books section on the Cedar Rapids campus. The response was so positive that we are now buying popular books for recreational reading. This collection concentrates on popular, mostly YA, fiction along with a small section of graphic novels. Our goal is to increase student pleasure reading.

The popular book collection in Cedar Rapids is now located in the corner just to the left of Circulation. The shelf order is a little different than in other sections of the library. While the popular books retain their Dewey numbers on their spines, they are actually shelved in alphabetical order by author’s last name. Popular books are easily recognizable by the yellow PB label above their spine label and the bright red label with the first letter of the author’s last name on the top of the spine.

A second part of the grant was to establish Little Free Libraries (small libraries in a box where people can take a book or a leave a book not cataloged in our collection). You can find them at the county centers around Kirkwood’s service area.

There is also a popular book section in Iowa City, so check them out! Let your students know where to find popular books courtesy of Library Services and encourage them to read.

Miscellaneous Reminders

Be sure to check out some of the information you might need to know about life on campus.

There are Vending Machines near the library on Cedar Rapids Campus.

In case you missed our summer FAQ, check it out. Do you know about color printing?

Do you know our library hours?

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:

Our Special Display This Month

Help Banned Books Week Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2015. Check out the display in the Cedar Rapids branch from Sept. 25th – Oct. 10th. Get your banned books button by stopping by the library or e-mailing to Sarah Uthoff here at Kirkwood.

Our Database of the Month


Library Services That Can Help Faculty – Please join me on Tuesday, September 29th at 11:15AM or Wednesday, October 7th at 2:25PM in the KCELT MALI room.

Tech Tips

And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you!