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Cedar Rapids Public Library Making Major Changes

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The new downtown Cedar Rapids public library is on track to open in August but before that happens; some major changes are being made to the existing library branches.

It's a busy day here at Ladd library.

"We want to make some changes while we can and make it just function better for everybody,” Cedar Rapids Library PIO Amber Mussman.

So the library has closed its doors today to move some things around.

"This will give us more space both to shelf our material so people can find them more easily,” said youth services manager Carol Hoke.

As it gets a new look the downtown location closes for good.

The temporary downtown library in the Armstrong building has been here since the floods of 2008 destroyed the original library.

With the brand new library set to open in just a few weeks, the location won't be needed any more.

Some already know what they hope to see in the new facility.

"More current release books I still do the old fashion and use the books not a reader so a broader selection of books,” said Nancy Peveler who enjoys using the library.

A lot of work is being put in to make sure it's ready to go come august 24th.

"We see furniture and fixtures going in now, bookshelves going in. It's starting to make it feel very real,” said Mussman.

Still, for the next few weeks, the only city branch available is the Ladd library.

Also, because of a metro alliance, city library card holders can also visit the Hiawatha or Marion libraries.

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