Digital Services

Post Date: Thu, December 26, 2019

Did Santa bring you a new tech-themed present such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.

Post Date: Wed, December 22, 2021

Expect to be the proud owner of a new computer, tablet, or smartphone this holiday season? Load those devices up with FREE digital content, courtesy of your Library: eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming movies and TV programs, digital music and more.

Post Date: Mon, December 18, 2017

Are you the proud owner of new tech products this holiday season? The Library keeps the spirit of gift-giving going by providing you with many ways to make the most of your new computer, tablet, or smartphone.  We've got a few  resources to get you started.

Post Date: Wed, December 29, 2021

With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We pledge to learn a new skill, take a class or two, acquaint ourselves with different and diverse ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in our personal and professional lives … an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library can help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.

Post Date: Fri, December 21, 2018

Planning to give (or get) tech-themed presents such as computers, tablets, or smartphones this holiday season? The Library provides an extra boost to your gift-giving or gift-getting by offering many free services and resources to make the most of new devices.

Post Date: Fri, May 4, 2018

Where can someone purchase a home computer for as low as $60, get tips on using a smartphone, learn to use internet search engines, or find help filling out online applications for jobs, healthcare, and social services?

The answer starts with simply making a phone call.

In celebration of National Digital Inclusion Week, May 7-11, 2018, the Kansas City Public Library is leading the launch of a new Tech Access hotline in partnership with the Digital Inclusion Coalition.

Post Date: Thu, September 29, 2022

Introducing a new way to explore all your Library has to offer: Wayfarer is a digital tool that helps you discover paths that lead you towards your personal and professional goals. Give it a try today!

Post Date: Fri, August 23, 2013

The Kansas City area has a rich Civil War history. And now there’s a new way to discover and research the legacy of the Kansas-Missouri Border War.

Post Date: Tue, August 16, 2022

The pop culture pipeline regularly feeds cinema screens and streaming services with characters and stories from the pages of comics and graphic novels. Recent additions include Netflix’s Sandman series, Amazon Video’s Paper Girls, or the Marvel-ous lineup of Disney+ shows such as Moon Knight, Loki, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel. Explore the origins and ongoing adventures of caped characters, quirky personalities, or real-life heroes in hoopla’s digital comics collection. Read for free on your phone, tablet, or computer with your library card!

Post Date: Mon, June 15, 2020

LGBT Pride Month in June commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village, which ignited the gay rights movement in the United States in 1969. The Library celebrates Pride Month with LGBTQIA+ book recommendations, film offerings, and other resources.

Post Date: Tue, September 13, 2022

If you like following music trends, reading artist interviews, and deep-diving into archives of popular music publications, get amped up for the latest addition to our collection of digital resources, Rock’s Backpages, which features over 50,000 articles on thousands of artists ranging from ABBA to Zappa, plus over 800 audio interviews with legends spanning decades of music and genres.

Post Date: Thu, September 10, 2020

The start of the 2020 school year finds parents, educators, and students in new territory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the Library offers a variety of free educational resources for everything from homework help to online learning. This year, amid the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve also launched new programs and expanded access to existing services aimed at helping our community. See what our Youth & Family Engagement team recommends.

Post Date: Sat, July 30, 2022

Kansas City Public Library cardholders already enjoy free digital access to The New York Times, letting you read unlimited articles on your phone, tablet, or computer.  If you love the newspaper's cooking section or are a fan of their infamous crossword puzzle, we’ve got breaking news: You now get paywall-free passes to New York Times Cooking and New York Times Games

Post Date: Sat, January 2, 2021

We're all glad to have 2020 behind us. How can you make the most of the blank slate that is 2021? Let the Library help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.

Post Date: Wed, May 27, 2020

Kanopy lets you watch thousands of movies, documentaries, television shows, and educational videos for free from the comfort of your home. All you need is your Kansas City Public Library card, internet access, and the Kanopy app. Start streaming today.

Post Date: Mon, November 7, 2016

The Kansas City Public Library has been making a lot of changes recently that are improving the experience for you, our patrons.

First, we updated our website. Next, we began implementing a new tagging system for library materials. And now we are changing our online catalog system. 

The catalog allows you to search our materials, place holds on items, and interact with your account. The system will allow you to interact with our library staff more easily, create themed lists, review books, and share your recommendations within the library community.

Post Date: Thu, September 1, 2022

To mark Library Card Sign-up Month in September, we asked Kansas City Public Library staffers to share the favorite ways they use their cards.

Post Date: Wed, February 2, 2022

Does your online streaming experience feature more mattress ads than actual music? Tired of shelling out for a Spotify subscription or feeling boxed in by Pandora? If Apple Music or other paid services are taking a bite out of your budget, we have some news that will be music to your ears (and your wallet). Your library card lets you stream, borrow (and sometimes even keep) songs and albums  - for free.  

Post Date: Tue, July 13, 2021

Using your Library is even easier with the refreshed KC Library mobile app, available for Android and iPhone users. Use your phone or tablet to conveniently search our catalog of books, movies, music, and audiobooks. You can also place holds and manage your account, including paying fees and renewing materials. The app also serves as a digital version of your KC Library card!  Check out the other features included in this new version.

Post Date: Thu, October 3, 2019

It’s fall, y’all, and the Library is kicking off the Halloween season with a monstrously good mashup of haunted local history tales, scary story recommendations, spooky special events, and frightfully fun family festivities.