Books and eBooks

Books and eBooks

In-Person or Online

Pick up physical books at any of our 8 locations or download eBooks and read from anywhere.

New and Future Books

Browse some of the hottest titles on the horizon and place your hold today!

Read the Rainbow

Books with covers the all the colors of the rainbow

Staff Lists

Funny Story

Already polished off Emily Henry's latest release? These great titles will satisfy your need for a good romantic comedy with similar tropes.

Staff Picks: Summer Blockbuster - Books -> Movies for Adults

Aways read the book before watching the movie? Check out these GRPL Staff favorite novels that were adapted for the big (or small) screen!

Sail Away: Destination Fiction for Adults

Working on your Sail Away Challenge: Read a book that takes place somewhere unfamiliar? Check out this great destination fiction!

Local Explorer (Summer Reading for Adults)

Read a book that takes place in Michigan or is written by a Michigan author.

Library Events

Promotional support for GRPL’s book clubs is provided in part by Michigan Radio

Featured Event

Introduction to Songwriting

Jun 27th | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join School of Rock Grand Rapids for a songwriting workshop to learn the basics of song structure, chord progressions, and instrumentation.

Streaming, Apps, & Downloads

Use your Grand Rapids Public Library card to access these apps and listen to eAudiobooks on your devices.

Streaming, Apps, & Downloads

Use your Grand Rapids Public Library card to access these apps and listen to eAudiobooks on your devices.

Books by the Stack

Build your own book club kit! Check out as many of the copies as you need for your group.

FAQs

  • To access your account, you will need your library card and password. When you get a library card, the password is set to the last four digits of your phone number. If you do not remember your password, contact Customer Service or call 616.988.5400 and ask to have your password reset.

    Once you have logged in, you can change your password, view your record, place a hold, renew an item, give yourself a username or pay fines. You can also sign up to be notified by email and text message when your holds are ready or you have an item overdue.

  • Parking is free at all eight GRPL branches and for all library events. At the Main Library, two hours of free parking is available during the week in the lot next to the library. Parking rates during the week cost $1.10 per half hour after the first two hours. 

    On the weekend, parking at the Main Library is free all day with a validated ticket. Bring your parking ticket inside the Main Library to have it validated.

  • You can check out a total of 100 items on your card at a time!

    Books
    Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
    Limit: 100 items checked out at once

    Audiobooks and Music CDs
    Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
    Limit: 25 checked out at once

    DVDs – Feature films, TV shows, nonfiction
    Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
    Limit: 25 checked out at once

    Hotspots
    Hotspots check out for 6 weeks, with 2 (3 week) renewals if there are not any holds on it.

    Vinyl Records
    Loan period: 3 weeks (2 renewals)
    Limit: 5 items checked out at once

    Portable Record Player
    Loan period: 3 weeks  (0 renewals)
    Limit: 1 

  • Absolutely! You can borrow materials from Kent District Library, the Lakeland Library Cooperative (LakeNet), and through MeLCat. Here’s how:

    Kent District Library

    You can also use your Grand Rapids Public Library card to check out material from the Kent District Library. If the item you are looking for is available, you may go to the owning library to pick up the item. You may place a hold on some Kent District Library materials. You will need to pick up and return the item at a KDL location. To choose a KDL pick up location, contact their Service Center at 616.784.2007.

    Lakeland Library Cooperative (LakeNet)
    If the item you are looking for is available at a participating library, you may visit the location and check out materials with your GRPL card. You cannot place holds on items owned by other Lakeland libraries. Return your Lakeland material to the same location where you checked it out.

    MeLCat

    MeLCat provides access to libraries across the state, including university libraries. If you find the book you need in MeLCat, it will be delivered to the GRPL location of your choice. MeLCat will notify you by email when your requested item is in. MeLCat services are only for books. Children 12 and under cannot use MeLCat to borrow materials.

  • No! GRPL is open to everyone. Stop by and enjoy our spaces, free events, and materials while you’re onsite. We look forward to welcoming you.

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