Featured Event

Comic Geek Out

Join us for hands-on activities, snacks, free books, a comic workshop, and other fun events designed for all ages.

Upcoming Events

Featured Book List

Read with Pride (Recommendation for Kids)

From LGBTQ+ identity driven plots to facts about pride month, you are sure to find the right item to celebrate pride month in your own way!

0 – 5 Years

Resources for little readers ages 0 – 5.

Books by the Stack

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

Books by the Stack: Toddlers

Books by the Stack books are checked out for 6 weeks (one 3-week renewal is available). Plenty of time to read, meet, and discuss!

Books by the Stack: Kids

Books by the Stack can be checked out for 6 weeks (with one 3-week renewal). Plenty of time to read, meet, and discuss!

Staff Lists

Go On A Journey! (Summer Reading for Kids)

Check off the Local Explorer page of your passport with these books that feature characters that go on a journey.

Staff Picks: Summer Blockbuster - Books -> Movies for Kids!

Looking for some classic children's literature that's been adapted for the big screen? Check out these GRPL Staff favorites!

Award-Winning Children's Books (Summer Reading for kids)

Check off prompts on the "It's Lit" and "Read S'More" pages of your summer reading passport with these award-winning kids' books from 2023!

Have a Ball: Books That Make You Laugh (For Kids)

Check off this challenge in your SRC passport with one of these laugh-out-loud books!

Streaming, Apps, & Downloads

Use your Grand Rapids Public Library card to access these apps and get books, movies, and music on your devices.


Digital Collections

Mango Languages

Online, interactive language-learning system - offers Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, and more!

Enciclopedias Estudiantil Hallazgos

La Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en línea es una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales.


Streaming video library of 1000+ award-winning art & craft classes. Topics include drawing, cake decorating, home decor, and more!

World Book Kids

Contains eight major subject categories. Also includes a section for teachers.

Sensory Support

Ask to use a Sensory Tool Kit during your visit to any GRPL location.


  • 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!

    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 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 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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