Digital Services

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, October 15, 2019

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.

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: Fri, February 8, 2019

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. 

Post Date: Thu, January 7, 2021

In the wake of the unprecedented events in our nation’s capitol on January 6, 2021, having access to the latest updates and information is extremely important. Your Kansas City Public Library card unlocks free access to journalism from local, national, and international sources that help you keep track of what’s happening in the world.

Post Date: Mon, October 24, 2022

Media literacy is about accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating, and engaging with information. Whether news comes from a print newspaper, an online story, a social media post, a radio program or podcast, a video presentation, or other formats or channels, being able to critically evaluate sources and information is essential to being a well-rounded citizen.

Post Date: Thu, September 22, 2016

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

Post Date: Mon, April 25, 2022

As the Library’s Big Read 2022 continues, we’re highlighting a number of films from and about Indigenous communities. Attend upcoming Library events and discussions, or watch titles for free – online or on DVD – with your library card.    

Post Date: Tue, July 20, 2021

Join a book club, learn to play a musical instrument, or introduce a child in your life to the wonderful world of reading with three new services available for free from the Kansas City Public Library.  

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: Fri, March 8, 2019

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. 

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: Mon, December 31, 2018

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!

Post Date: Mon, October 7, 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.

Post Date: Thu, June 29, 2017

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!

Post Date: Mon, December 22, 2014

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!

Post Date: Tue, July 5, 2022

If you’re on a creative kick as part of our Summer Reading Program, Art Starts at Your Library, one of the most powerful tools at your disposal is your library card. Access these digital resources – for free – to develop your artistic skills, engage with ideas, and unleash your maker might! 

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: Mon, April 27, 2020

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.

Post Date: Sun, April 19, 2020

Librarian Katie Dennis grew up in the country in a family of birdwatchers, but never shared the interest until she became a city dweller. Now, she's found bird watching to be a relaxing, affordable, and easy way to connect with nature while social distancing. Learn more about resources to help any budding birdwatcher.