Grand Rapids Public Library

111 Library Street North East
616-988-5400

The Grand Rapids Public Library offers visitors free internet and computer access, wi-fi, a cafe and a used-book store. Our nationally acclaimed local history department hosts rotating exhibits about the region as well as genealogy and historical research. It also boasts one of the finest furniture design collections in the county. Throughout the year the Library hosts free author visits, poetry readings, family events and more. For a complete list of programs and services, visit www.grpl.org or call 616-988-5400. Eight easy locations throughout the city including the Main Library, found at 111 Library St NE in downtown Grand Rapids.

Mission
Connecting people to the transforming power of knowledge.

Vision
The Grand Rapids Public Library is our community's foremost source for information, viewpoints, resources and programs.

We are free, welcoming, flexible and empowering.

We inspire the public's trust through strong library service, transparent accountability, sound financial stewardship and sustained productive partnerships.

Values
We value:

  • Excellent service
  • Diversity
  • Innovation, imagination and creativity
  • Responsiveness to community needs
  • Wise use of resources and operational excellence

We believe:

  • That an open and free library is fundamental to a free society
  • In literacy and life long learning
  • In the value of the life of the mind
  • Flexibility, cooperation and open communication

Libraries:

  • Improve educational, cultural and recreational opportunities
  • Support life-long learning for people of all ages
  • Promote literacy
  • Help bridge the digital divide
  • Are cost-effective information providers
  • Help people develop job skills and find employment
  • Support a democratic society and ensure the right to information

Recent News

Summer Reading Challenge

Libraries Rock this summer at the Grand Rapids Public Library! Sign up for this free summer-long program to participate in fun events and get rewarded for reading.  Are you up to the challenge? Competitors can sign up today at grpl.org/summerrea…

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Grand Rapids Public Library - One Book, One City for Kids

One Book, Once City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discus the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring story…

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Summer Reading Challenge

Get in the game this summer at the Grand Rapids Public Library! Read like a champion, and attend fun programs and events that will get you moving! Join one of the four teams and help your teammates move up the scoreboard. Are you up to the challenge?…

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One Book, One City for Kids

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 5th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring s…

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Winter Reading Challenge

The weather outside is frightful, which makes it the perfect time to settle in with a good book. Sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge, select the number of books you are going to challenge yourself to read or listen to before the end of February,…

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GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present the fifth annual GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, or join y…

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2014 Summer Reading Challenge

The experiment this summer will be to see how many books you can read (if you can pull yourself away from your laboratory.) All kids under 18 in the city are challenged to join the Mad Scientist Club—read books, perform crazy experiments, and becom…

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Spilled Ink – The Book Club for the Rest of Us

Sign up, read ten books, and win prizes! A great way for grown-ups to beat the winter blues. Free and open to the public. http://www.grpl.org/ 

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One Book, One City for Kids

One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 4th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring stor…

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GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up

Summer is here and it is time to take another journey down the road of great books. Our smart librarians have picked ten books that will take you to unexpected places and have planned unique events that will have you exploring our exceptional communi…

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Summer Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens

Are you up to the challenge this summer? Are you ready to dig into some good books? Will you discover what lies beneath the surface of that book cover? The Grand Rapids Public Library challenges all kids in the city under the age of 18 to read. The m…

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