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.

Celebrating 150 Years: The History of the Grand Rapids Public Library

Read about the history of the Grand Rapids Public Library in our online exhibition featuring photographs and newspaper clippings from our Local History Center

GRPL Birthday Bash

Tuesday, December 21, 2021, during open hours
All GRPL Locations

Stop by your favorite GRPL location on December 21 and help us celebrate our 150th birthday. That’s right, 150 years ago the Grand Rapids Public Library opened its doors for the first time! Enjoy a birthday treat and take home a birthday kit to continue the celebration. While supplies last.

Time Capsule Kits

Help celebrate GRPL’s 150th anniversary with a Time Capsule Kit! Kids and families can use  the materials provided to preserve memories and to create a keepsake that can be opened in the future. Time Capsule Kits are designed for kids, teens and adults and can be picked up at any GRPL location in November and December. Available while supplies last.

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.