New library makes a change

How one library changed a community after a natural disaster…

In June 2008 a flood swept through Cedar Rapids, Iowa, filling its downtown central library with eight feet of water and damaging the building and materials beyond repair. In the wake of this unprecedented natural disaster, the city rallied to build a new central library.

The design of the new library was guided by three primary ideas: 1) Establish the library as the dynamic center of the city’s urban core; 2) Embrace the transformational shifts…Read More