digital services

A Message From the Library's Interim Director

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

Access a World of News With PressReader

Staying informed about what’s happening in your community, nation, and world is now easier than ever, thanks to PressReader, the latest addition to the Library’s collection of digital services. PressReader gives you one place to manage the news – whether it's from local, national, or international sources – and your Kansas City Public Library card gets you free and unlimited access to over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world, in 60-plus languages… no subscriptions required.

Access Your Library Immediately with Our eCard

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

African American Voices in Books and Film

From classic literature to contemporary cinema, the Library offers a number of ways to discover stories celebrating the African American experience. As we commemorate Black History Month, check out a selection of recommended books and browse the collection of documentaries and films available through the free Kanopy streaming service. 

Behold: A New and Improved

After much hard work and planning, we are proud to unveil the Kansas City Public Library’s new and improved website.

Bored Kids? Let the Library Lend a Hand

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.

Celebrating Remarkable Women, Then and Now

March is Women's History Month, and there are many ways to commemorate the lives and achievements of women throughout history and share experiences of today's women. Check out the collection of books, movies, and other resources available at the Library. 

Consider the Source: NewsGuard Browser Extension Offers Context for Online Information

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.

Cultivating Your Craft Skills with Your Library Card

The Library is thinking of offering a new free service which provides more than 1,000 videos that teach you arts & crafts, design, cooking, painting, and more. We need you to test drive it, and all you need is your library card!

Digital Inclusion Week - October 7-11, 2019

Digital Inclusion Week is underway at the Kansas City Public Library, and to celebrate, our Tech Access program is hosting events at the Plaza Branch that are fun, informative, and help bridge the digital divide. Check out what we’ve got planned, and learn more about ways you can connect with technology assistance and resources at the Library.

Digital Services: Latest Updates and New Resources

The Kansas City Public Library offers dozens of digital resources that provide endless educational and entertainment opportunities for everyone with a library card. There are several changes and new developments coming soon; learn more about what you have to look foward to!

eCard Now Available

It's easier than ever to access our digital materials. Sign up for an eCard online and get immediate access to eBooks, streaming movies, music, and more!

Expanded Digital Services Offered During COVID-19 Outbreak

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.

Featured Digital Service: OverDrive

The Library has a number of digital resources, but the largest and most diverse collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks resides in OverDrive. With tens of thousands of titles and an easy-to-use mobile app (Libby), you're always just a few clicks away from finding your next favorite book. Find out how to access and use OverDrive and Libby.

Free Music: As Much As You Want, When You Want It.

Stream the music you want. When you want it. No ads. No charge.

Get Amped Up for the 2018 Summer Reading Program

Pump up the volumes as the Library's Summer Reading Program again invites both youth and adults to Rock & Read. The song remains the same: Read and log five books between May 25-July 31, 2018, earn a rockin’ prize. Explore this year’s music-themed offerings, including suggested reading titles, events, book discussions, family activities, and more.

Hoopla Digital is Here

The Kansas City Public Library is offering a new, refreshingly quick — and free — way to get music, television shows, movies, and audiobooks.

Library patrons can now use Hoopla Digital to access an array of audio and video materials via Netflix-style streaming on their computers, tablets and smart phones. It's the latest addition to the Library's extensive menu of electronic resources.

Hoopla offers hundreds of thousands of titles with no wait

With hoopla, you get immediate access to hundreds of thousands of eBooks, digital audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and albums. Everything in the collection is always available. No holds. No wait. Learn more about hoopla.

How to Better Navigate Money Matters? Look to

The H&R Block Business & Career Center can familiarize you with, a valuable resource for furthering your financial education that's available for free through the Library.

How to Find Free Humanities Articles Online

It’s Sunday night and your research paper on Hadrian’s Villa ain’t gonna write itself. You need fast, easy-to-digest, and reliable reference information, but the library is closed and you’ve already mined Wikipedia and Google for all they’re worth.

What if you could use your computer to search inside every book inside your local library? Then, once you’d found the information you wanted, download the article for your ereader, listen to it as an MP3, or email it to a friend, all without leaving home?