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The 1619 Freedom School's Liberation Library is a functioning, lending library for the Waterloo community. 

We have books for all ages including picture books, chapter books, series, novels, and nonfiction titles, including popular titles for children and adults.

Our books center Black history, culture, stories, and characters.


The library is an extension of our motto: Liberation through Literacy.


First and third Saturdays of each month

11 am - 1 pm


You can browse our books or look for a specific book in our catalog here:

1619 Freedom School Liberation Library Catalog


The library is open for Waterloo-Cedar Falls residents with proof of residency.

Each person can borrow up to two (2) books at a time.

Before you can borrow books, we'll need some information from you:

  • Name

  • Home address

  • Email

  • Phone number

A library volunteer can sign you up during library hours. Please bring: 

  • ID (such as a driver's license.)

  • Piece of mail (local utilities or school mailings are ideal!)

You can also sign up online using our online form here.


  • Limit of 2 books per person at a time

  • Items checked out for 21 days

  • We do not charge overdue fees

    • If books are overdue, you cannot check out new books until the outstanding books are returned.

    • After 60 days overdue, we'll consider the item to be lost and fees to replace the book will apply.

  • Damaged or Lost: If a book has been damaged beyond usual wear and tear, or has been lost, you will be responsible for paying for the book. We'll send an email with the cost to replace the damaged/lost book. You will not be able to check out any more books until the charges have been paid.

  • After three (3) violations of our checkout policy, we'll revoke your checkout privileges indefinitely.

  • Parents are ultimately responsible for books their child(ren) check out.

Questions? Please contact us.

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