Facility Rental

We have the perfect space for your educational, cultural, or community event.

To reserve a room inside the Main Library, contact Jason at 616.988.5402, ext. 5435. To reserve space at Yankee Clipper, please contact Mary at 616.988.5415.

Ryerson Auditorium

Level 3 | Main Library | 111 Library Street NE | 49503

  • Large auditorium with raised stage area, adjustable lighting
  • Seats 125 lecture style; can also be arranged in classroom style or for small groups
  • Special features: Part of the original 1904 Ryerson Library building, the Auditorium features beautiful arched windows and intricate crown moulding
  • Available equipment: podium, tables, computer station, projector & screen, mics, sound board
  • Regular rate: $400 (4 hrs. or less) + $100 for each additional hour or partial hour
  • Non-Profit rate: $250 (4 hrs. or less) + $50 for each additional hour or partial hour

Vander Veen Center for the Book

Level 4 | Main Library | 111 Library Street NE | 49503

  • Round room with windows facing Fountain Street Church
  • Seats 20 boardroom style
  • Special features: cabinets displaying archival material, counter space available
  • Available equipment: projector & screen, podium, tables
  • Regular rate: $200 (4 hrs. or less) + $50 for each additional hour or partial hour
  • Non-Profit rate: $100 (4 hrs. or less) + $25 for each additional hour or partial hour

Auditorium & Meeting Area

Lower Level | Yankee Clipper Branch | 2025 Leonard NE | 49505

  • Spacious auditorium (seats 70-75) with stadium-style seating descending to stage, meeting space (fits 200 standing or 75 seats) in rear can also be used for additional seating
  • Special features: meeting space can be divided, space available backstage, adjustable lighting
  • Available equipment: tables, podium, screen
  • Regular rate: $200 (4 hrs. or less) + $50 for each additional hour or partial hour
  • Non-Profit rate: $100 (4 hrs. or less) + $25 for each additional hour or partial hour

Guidelines

  • Library facilities may be used for activities not sponsored or administered by the Grand Rapids Public Library when those activities are educational, cultural, or community betterment in purpose.
  • Library facilities are available to non-profit and for profit organizations for meetings and programs but are not to be used for business development, sales or commercial activities.
  • Library facilities are not available for social events such as showers, birthday parties, weddings and receptions, or private receptions.
  • Such use shall not include an admission fee, distribution of litera­ture, solicitation for memberships or payment of dues.
  • The Library will not discriminate in the use of its facilities based upon race, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender or other criteria prohibited by law.
  • Permitting use of Library facilities does not constitute endorsement, by the Library, of the organization, the goals, objectives or activities of the organization, or the content of any communications made by the organization.
  • Facilities are available during open Library hours up to 30 minutes prior to closing.
  • The user shall be responsible for any and all damage.

Other Multipurpose Spaces

If the Library’s space does not work for your event, you might consider another Multipurpose Space in the community that is open and available for public use.