Library News

Post Date: Wed, March 2, 2022

The Library is entering another chapter in the resumption of many of our important community services and programs. Beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, we are carefully reintroducing in-person events and activities inside our buildings, restoring meeting and study room capacities to usual levels, and relaxing several other policies. Learn more about recent changes.

Post Date: Mon, April 27, 2020

The  Library partnered with Connecting for Good and Kansas City Public Schools on April 17, 2020, to distribute 80 computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, headphones, and Turn the Page KC activity packets to KCPS families lacking internet access. Materials were distributed in the parking lot of the Library's Southeast Branch; many patrons in the neighborhood typically rely on the Library for regular computer and internet access. This was one of many ways the Library continues connecting the public with essential technology access during the COVID-19 crisis.

Post Date: Mon, December 14, 2020

Amid public health concerns about the transmission of COVID-19 over the holidays, the Kansas City Public Library will close all locations from December 24, 2020, through January 3, 2021. Locations that are currently in operation will resume available Library services Monday, January 4. Learn more about the holiday schedule and how it impacts services.

Post Date: Fri, November 13, 2020

Update: All Libraries are now open to the public. Learn more > The Kansas City Public Library is temporarily closing its Ruiz and Sugar Creek locations, consolidating staff and services at larger locations amid the worsening COVID-19 outbreak. The pause in services at the two locations takes effect Monday, November 16, 2020.

Post Date: Wed, June 3, 2020

John Herron, who drove innovation and growth in leading the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the new director of the Kansas City Public Library. The Library’s board of trustees approved his appointment Tuesday, June 2, 2020, following a nearly four-month national search. Herron will assume his new duties in early July. “This is an exciting time for the Kansas City Public Library, and I am thrilled for this opportunity,” Herron said.  Learn more about our new director.

Post Date: Fri, January 12, 2018

Memories are made at the Library each day. Our staff members reminisced about some of the moments from the past year that stood out as unique and notable -- stories and anecdotes underscoring how the Library is a special place that offers so much to our community. 

Post Date: Wed, May 13, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Library initiates a phased-in reintroduction of some services and operations.  We begin with a new Pop In/Pick Up contact-free holds service, allowing patrons to pick up holds at five locations during designated hours, expanding to others in the coming weeks. But anxious as we are – and know that you are, too – we will remain cautious and deliberate. Read more about what our next steps are.

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Post Date: Tue, May 11, 2021

The Library is preparing to reopen our physical doors and welcome the Kansas City community back inside. Between now and June 1, we are working to make our spaces ready for you. We’re excited to see you soon, and here's what you can expect. 

Post Date: Fri, June 18, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library’s director of branch operations Cindy Hohl, who is serving her first term as president of the American Indian Library Association, will join the American Library Association-affiliated Freedom to Read Foundation this summer. She will also move onto the standing committee of the International Federation of Library Associations’ Indigenous Matters Section in August.

Post Date: Fri, November 12, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library has taken another step toward normal operations, reopening many of the study and meeting rooms across its system. Beginning Monday, November 15, 2021, patrons can reserve spaces for individual and group study, for small conferences or committee gatherings, for business meetings, community speaking events, and similar activities. 

Post Date: Sun, July 5, 2020

All things being equal, John Herron says he’d prefer to assume leadership of the Kansas City Public Library in more conventional times. Instead, he’s wearing a mask and preparing to steer the 147-year-old institution through the epochal challenge of a pandemic. “So much is unknown,” Herron says. “But by the same token, the unknown shouldn’t have to be crippling. It creates these moments of possibility." Herron takes over as the Library’s new director on Monday, July 6, 2020. Learn more about his move to the Library and his vision for its future.

Post Date: Thu, June 27, 2019

As of July 1, 2019, the Library will no longer charge fines on overdue materials. Bonus: we’ve also cleared existing late fines from all accounts, giving our patrons a fresh start. Get the details about what FREEDOM FROM FINES means for you and your fellow Library users.

Post Date: Tue, July 21, 2020

Patrons welcome the return of public computer sessions – along with fax and printing services – as the Kansas City Public Library continues to work to bridge the digital divide. Read more about how we are safely providing crucial connectivity to the communities we serve.

Post Date: Wed, May 12, 2021

As we prepare for a June 1 reopen of our physical locations, the Kansas City Public Library is making some changes to our popular Pop In / Pick Up holds service beginning Monday, May 17, 2021.

Post Date: Tue, July 7, 2020

From our Pop In / Pick Up holds service to restoring access to public computers and related services, the Library puts the emphasis on safety as we reintroduce core services. Take a look behind the scenes as we continue to plot a path to re-opening.

Post Date: Fri, April 16, 2021

Vartan Gregorian, who died Thursday, April 15, left a towering legacy as a scholar and humanitarian, stretching from his presidencies of Brown University and the philanthropic Carnegie Corporation to eight transformative years as head of the New York Public Library. It touches, too, on Kansas City and the Library.

Post Date: Tue, March 15, 2022

The Kansas City Public Library is thrilled to be home to one of 154 hearts, each 5½ feet tall, in Kansas City’s public art Parade of Hearts. Our two-sided entry is titled Community Bookshelf, a mini, heart-shaped echo of the beloved, 42-title Community Bookshelf parking garage at the Central Library on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue.

Post Date: Fri, May 14, 2021

Services at the Library's Trails West location will be limited or unavailable from May 17-June 14, 2021, while upgrades and repairs are made. Learn about the improvements and the service schedule.

Post Date: Thu, January 9, 2020

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III is assuming leadership of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump.

Post Date: Wed, June 3, 2020

As our community and our country lean into the conversations and responsive actions arising from the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, libraries are in a position to both serve and lead through their services, resources, and programs. The Kansas City Public Library looks to facilitate open-mindedness and receptiveness to a variety of viewpoints and experiences — including voices often unheard or overlooked. Here, we offer videos and/or audio recordings of several programs over the past two years that touched on or confronted pressing issues of race, inequity, and injustice.