Library Services

Post Date: Tue, September 29, 2020

Voting absentee this year? Or by mail? The Kansas City Public Library is now providing free ballot notarization services, offered during scheduled drop-in sessions or by appointment at select locations. Learn more about how to get your ballots properly notarized before the November 3 general election. 
 

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, May 28, 2021

Rebecca Solnit is, in her words, “a person who lives by books, in books, for books, who makes books, who searches for the words, stories, meanings, patterns that end up in books, or can be found in books.” 

No surprise, the renowned author, historian, and activist has a passion for libraries. 

Post Date: Tue, June 8, 2021

If life slowed for some during the restriction-filled, stay-at-home height of the pandemic, it got plain crazy for the Central Library-based team that handles phone, online chat, and email inquiries from the public. Back last August, they averaged more than 170 a day across the platforms – a nearly sixfold increase from pre-pandemic levels. “It was a tough time," says information services supervisor Evan Washechek, "but I think we got through it and a lot of patrons appreciated the help.”  
 

Post Date: Tue, July 12, 2022

Don’t have the tools to connect to the internet and manage your personal online needs?  Now you can borrow a Chromebook computer from the Library! Use for education and research, check your email, browse websites, pay bills online, apply for jobs, stream music or movies, and more. Get details on how it works.
 

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 kclibrary.org/appointments.
 

Post Date: Thu, May 19, 2022

The Library has long worked to ensure Kansas Citians can get free access to the internet, from providing public computers and offering classes and training resources to more recent Internet to Go  mobile Wi-Fi hotspot device lending service.  Earlier in May, President Joe Biden announced that 48 million American households are now eligible for free high-speed internet access. Find out what this means for those who currently lack reliable online access and how the Library is further responding to our community's connectivity needs.
 

Post Date: Thu, June 30, 2022

From crafting resources to online test preps, we're introducing a new batch of digital services to our extensive lineup. Look for what we're adding or changing starting in July 2022.
 

Post Date: Thu, April 8, 2021

Libraries are essential civic and cultural institutions in our society. They're gathering places, service providers, and hubs of learning, growth, and discovery. What makes a library a transformative presence in communities? As this year's National Library Week draws to a close, we're taking a moment to recognize the many ways the Library — and specifically, our staff — strive to support and serve our city and its people.
 

Post Date: Fri, January 7, 2022

Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers locally and nationally, the Library has suspended its return to in-person Signature Events. Many January events have been postponed or will now take place virtually. Read on for details.
 

Post Date: Wed, September 29, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library has received $853,212 in a first wave of federal Emergency Connectivity funding designed to increase broadband internet access in the community. The Library will use the appropriation to purchase and distribute hundreds of laptop computers and Wi-Fi hotspots.
 

Post Date: Tue, October 12, 2021

During U.S. Media Literacy Week (October 25 – 29, 2021), organizations across the country promote the importance of media literacy education. The Library offers a number of resources and programs that provide insights and access to the ways we gather, report, and respond to information about our world.  
 

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 18, 2022

The Kansas City Public Library is teaming with the Mid-Continent Public Library and electric utility Evergy on a pilot program designed to help area residents make their homes more energy efficient. Patrons of the two library systems can check out devices – provided by Evergy – that plug into appliances and other electrical devices to measure energy consumption and calculate expenses by day, week, month, and even year. Residents can identify high-energy-drawing appliances, adjust their use to conserve power, and save on utility bills.
 

Post Date: Fri, August 26, 2022

The Kansas City Public Library is widening its digital literacy efforts, creating a new Digital Corps aimed at helping thousands of members of the community in the next two years to access and use vital digital resources. Applications for are open through September 16, 2022.

Post Date: Mon, March 14, 2022

One more step toward normal, or new-normal, operations … Beginning Monday, March 14, 2022, the Kansas City Public Library is easing mask requirements inside its buildings. Masking will be optional – no longer required – for patrons, visitors, and staff at all 10 locations

 

Post Date: Wed, November 10, 2021

The Library began a partnership in October with Barrier Babes, a local nonprofit that will deliver 1,500 menstruation products for distribution to the Library’s 10 locations.  Through Tuesday, November 30, patrons have the opportunity to donate tampons, pads, and liners as part of Barrier Babes' "Flowvember" menstrual product drive.
 

Post Date: Thu, June 23, 2022

Online maintenance taking place between 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, through the morning of Friday, June 24, will impact patrons' ability to access several Library services, including our catalog and other digital apps and databases. Read more for details.

Post Date: Tue, May 11, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library is joining local efforts to facilitate a new federal program offering assistance to Kansas City-area residents and families struggling to pay for internet service and devices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Post Date: Mon, September 21, 2020

It would be kind of retro-cool to bill the Library’s new outreach vehicle as its first bookmobile in more than half a century.  Except it’s more than a bookmobile. The customized, brightly emblazoned cargo van hit the streets Thursday, September 17, 2020, ferrying bags of books, audiobooks, and DVDs to residents of area senior living centers as part of the Library’s Lobby Stops program. It will be a frequent presence at other outreach events and activities, transporting displays, supplies, and other materials and serving as a pop-up gathering place. Equipped with Wi-Fi, it’ll also eventually provide patrons who need it with essential internet access. 
 

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