Setting Up a Tour
To set up a tour, call 616.988.5400 or email. In order to provide your group with the best experience, tours groups are limited to 50 people or less.
Tours for Kids
The best way for a child to learn to value the library is to visit one of our eight locations. The Main Library, located in downtown Grand Rapids, has one of the largest and most comprehensive children’s and teen collections in the state. Tours can be tailored to meet the needs of your lesson plan and your students.
Class/Group Visits to the Library
Please fill out the tour request form at least two weeks before your visit to any Grand Rapids Public Library location so that we can have the materials you need ready and adequate staff to help your class or group (up to 50 students). We offer many opportunities including tours, storytimes, or library orientations.
Planning an informal class visit? We would still like to know. You will avoid conflicts with groups that have already scheduled a visit and ease demand on limited resources and public computers, and your students will be more likely to enjoy their visit!
Parking at the Main Library
Teachers, teaching assistants, and parents and/or chaperones not arriving by bus should park in the gated lot next to the Main Library. Access to the lot is off Library Street. Please bring in your parking ticket to be validated for one hour of free parking.
Tours for Adults
We offer tours of the Main Library with a focus on understanding what resources are available and how to use them. We also offer tours specifically for groups interested in our Grand Rapids Local History & Special Collections Department.