Tours are currently unavailable in response to COVID-19.
Setting Up a Tour
To set up a tour, call 616.988.5400 or fill out the tour request form. In order to provide your group with the best experience, tour groups are limited to 30 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
You may request a visit to the Youth Services Department at the Main Library or one of our branches for up to 30 participants by filling out our youth visit request form. Please submit your request at least a month in advance. We are able to offer tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September to May. We offer many opportunities including tours, storytimes, introductions to using the library, research skills, and database training.
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.
Visiting Your Organization
You can also request that Grand Rapids Public Library staff attend your community event. We attempt to honor all outreach requests, however, due to limited resources and/or the possible unavailability of staff during the requested time, we cannot guarantee every request. The likelihood of honoring your request is increased significantly if there are alternative dates and times and if the event is relevant to our strategic plan and the citizens of Grand Rapids.