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Grand Rapids Public Library Exploration

DATE CONFIRMED: Thu 19 Jan 2012 @ 7:00 PM...

Grand Rapids Public Library Exploration

Hoping to get back in the stacks (Library Personnel Only Areas) as well as tour the Furniture Library Research Room. I've requested they highlight architectural details and history about the building.



I recommend we find street parking which is free after 5 p.m. If there's an event happening downtown it may be difficult to get a meter. There is 1-hour of free validated parking in the gated lot next to the Main Library. Let's make sure everyone that may go this route gets their card validated near the front desk. Parking rates after the first validated hour are $1.10 per half-hour during the week, free on weekends and for Library events.



Photography is allowed, but only of the building's architecture. It actually is illegal to photograph any library patrons, that includes photographing each other. It has to do with a Michigan State Law. Thank you for your understanding.


How Long Will The Tour Last?

We're figuring the tour to take about an hour. It's really going to depend on how many questions we may ask.


See you there...

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  • Jim Winslow, C.

    @Deb thank you for sharing... yes, that's the "Red Line Map" Tim Gleisner had mentioned... It's the "first" map outlining the United States... Nice High Resolution downloadable image...

    January 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    For Anyone interested...The Map that we looked at right before the tour ended (The Mitchell Map) has been described online. Here is the link on Wikipedia

    1 · January 23, 2012

  • MJ

    Enjoyed review of the history and the marbles and learning about special collections and anecdotes. Was hoping to see more of the operations side of things more: like new acquistions through process of adding to the collection and learn from thosee who run reference, business and other key areas.

    January 22, 2012

  • Pattie

    What a fantastic tour!

    January 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always fun.

    January 20, 2012

  • Clayton

    This was my third tour of the GRPL! Each was interesting and informative!!

    January 20, 2012

  • Kimberly Sterling M.

    we loved it! it was our first time being able to attend...and it was very informative. the speaker loves what he does! he gave me ideas on how to start on a couple research projects that i've been putting off. thanks!

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well organized and always friendly. I am glad I came!

    January 20, 2012

  • Jane Y

    This was my first Discover GR meetup experience and I loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to go "backstage", learning the history of the library, the historical resources available there, and all the "stories" that Tim threw in. Thank you to Jim for organizing this.

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was interesting to hear the history of the library and to be able to tour and see the different 'behind' the scenes collections that they have and know if you wanted to use those you still have access to them.

    January 20, 2012

  • Amy

    Another fantastic outing! Enjoyable and informative. Thank you AGAIN Jim and Pattie :)

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeaa! It's Thursday! See you there.

    January 19, 2012

  • Jim Winslow, C.

    @Joy Photos will be limited to Architecture Only. It is actually illegal to photograph library patrons without their written authorization on library grounds. Sorry a State of Michigan law.

    January 16, 2012

  • Joy

    Will I be allowed to take pictures inside the library?

    January 12, 2012

  • Jim Winslow, C.

    Bonnie, It's about an hour just depends on how many questions we may ask.

    January 4, 2012

  • Bonnie

    Any idea how long this tour will take?

    January 4, 2012

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