Post Date: Sun, March 29, 2020

Our goal, in short, is to make these uncertain times a little less uncertain. Your Library is here for you.

Post Date: Tue, September 15, 2020

A library card unlocks more than just the ability to borrow books – it’s a key to information, opportunity, and enrichment. It lets you borrow items from our catalog that you can read, watch, or listen to, but your library card also gives you access to news resources, job and career tools, learning and education services, skillbuilding apps, streaming and on-demand entertainment, and so much more... all for free

Post Date: Thu, March 25, 2021

Both Kansas and Missouri have opened up the COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of thousands more residents. And though more doses are flowing into the Kansas City area, demand still outstrips supply. Here’s what you need to know.

Post Date: Thu, April 2, 2020

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, free meals for children are available at area pick-up sites during certain days and times. Check out the current list of organizations providing support.  ​

Post Date: Thu, February 4, 2021

The Library's Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., will remain closed until further notice after learning a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member last worked Tuesday, February 2, 2021. While exposure risks are minimized by the Library’s health and safety protocols, including mask and social distancing requirements, all visitors to the location during that time period are being contacted.

Post Date: Mon, November 30, 2020

The Lucile H. Bluford Branch (3050 Prospect Ave.) will remain closed until further notice after learning a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member worked the week of November 23. The branch has been closed since Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving break.

Post Date: Fri, December 4, 2020

 The Lucile H. Bluford Branch (3050 Prospect Ave.) will restore public computer appointments and copy/fax/scan service on Monday, December 7, 2020. Operating hours will remain as 10 a.m. - 3p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice. Pop In/Pick Up holds service and remote printing remain available.

Post Date: Wed, February 10, 2021

The Library's Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., will restore key services on Thursday, February 11, 2021.  The location was temporarily closed on January 8 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.

Post Date: Tue, March 24, 2020

How do you keep your kids entertained during this time of social distancing? Through her fearless Harry Potter heroine, Hermione Granger, author J.K. Rowling  famously (and wisely) advised: When in doubt go to the library. But what does one do when library buildings are closed? The Library's director of Youth & Family Engagement, Crystal Faris, suggests going to the digital library and taking advantage of all the youth-friendly online services we have to offer.

Post Date: Tue, October 27, 2020

Patrons now can reserve private or distanced work areas – computer-equipped Community Connections Rooms and wireless-connected Study Spots – in select Library locations where they can safely engage in such essential activities as job interviews, telehealth visits, and study sessions. Or they can simply catch up with family or friends. Explore these and all the Library's by-appointment services at

Post Date: Mon, March 23, 2020

A resource implemented earlier this year by the  Library on its computers is temporarily available for you to use at home for free. NewsGuard can help sift through the news of today and sort fact from fiction – from reports about the upcoming election to updates about the novel coronavirus. The browser extension provides credibility ratings and “Nutrition Label” reviews of thousands of news and information websites, indicating which sources are generally trustworthy, and which have been found to spread misinformation.  NewsGuard has temporarily removed its paywall until July 1, meaning anyone can add the service at home to see the most up to date, accurate news possible related to COVID-19.

Post Date: Tue, March 17, 2020

Though our physical locations have recently opened, we want you to know that the Library remains an online source of information about what’s happening in our community and where to turn during the coronavirus outbreak. We'll be sharing various links and resources throughout the coming weeks.

Post Date: Thu, July 29, 2021

Looking for information about getting your COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot? The Library has collected a number of resources to help you connect with local providers. Check back often to find vaccination clinics or information sessions hosted by the Library.

Post Date: Fri, March 20, 2020

Do you have questions about how COVID-19 affects your community? KCQ is here to help.

Post Date: Mon, April 13, 2020

As we adjust to this new “normal” — some of us working from home, or adjusting to work in essential businesses – things that used to be commonplace are coming into question.

Post Date: Fri, March 20, 2020

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Library is working with our digital services providers to expand available items, temporarily increase borrowing limits, and more, so you can get the things you want to read, watch, listen to, or learn from while responsibly practicing social distancing… all for free with your Library card. Learn more about ongoing updates and explore our Digital Branch.

Post Date: Wed, April 22, 2020

This week, one reader asks: “Have there been any changes in criminal activity during the last few weeks? There sure seem to be a lot more police sirens.”

Post Date: Fri, April 3, 2020

There’s no shortage of coronavirus questions. “What’s Your KCQ?” is back to do its part with another round of answers.
The team at The Star and the Kansas City Public Library is staying on top of what you want to know about the pandemic. Keep asking us your questions here, in the module below, or on

Post Date: Fri, June 5, 2020

In an effort to extend summer learning opportunities to more area families, the Kansas City Public Library is partnering with Kansas City Parks and Recreation on Pop In at the Park. The program, which connects families and individuals to the Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program, runs through July and is part of a continued effort to reach the community while physical Library locations are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Library staff will be at pop-up booths Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. until noon, in parks throughout the city to help sign people up for its Summer Reading Program

Post Date: Thu, July 9, 2020

The Kansas City Public Library now offers computer access by appointment at four of its locations. This is part of the continued effort to give patrons access to Library resources after being closed for four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrons can sign up online, over the phone, or at their preferred Library location to use computers at several locations. Learn more about the appointment service.