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Celebrating 150 Years

Since 1871, the Grand Rapids Public Library has provided the city with outstanding service, innovative programs, and, of course, all the books, movies, and music you could ever want. Join us in spreading the library love as we honor the past and look to the future. Happy birthaversary to us!

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Limited-Edition Library Card

To celebrate our 150 year, weve printed a limited-edition library card!

Sign-up for a library card between January and December 2021 to receive this commemorative card. Current card-holders who would like our limited edition library card can request a replacement card through our online form.

150 Books We Love

Ever wonder what your librarian reads when they are off the desk? In celebration of our 150 year, we are sharing 150 books selected by our staff.  

Shop the 150

Explore our collection of merchandise honoring GRPL’s 150 years of service.
From apparel, accessories, and drinkware, show your love of the library with these specialty items.

Proceeds from this store support the Friends of the Library.

Share Your Library Story

Public libraries have a special place in people’s hearts. From childhood memories to transformational experiences, each story is unique. In celebration of our 150 anniversary, we want to hear your GRPL story! Share your memories through our online submission form and attach photographs, videos, and/or drawings.

We’ll post responses on our website and social media channels throughout the year. #MyGRPLStory

Contribute to GRPL’s Future

The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation exists solely to support the Grand Rapids Public Library. Consider a gift today. Your donations will help to fund library programs and services that promote literacy and lifelong learning.