Next Chapter

Post Date: Fri, June 11, 2021

Welcome back to a new and refreshed Trails West Branch! Here’s what you can expect when you visit. We look forward to welcoming you inside!

Post Date: Thu, November 14, 2019

One year ago, voters overwhelmingly approved an 8-cent increase in the Library’s property tax-based operating levy – the first adjustment to the rate in 22 years. Thanks to that support and funding, the Library has been doing even more for the people we serve. As we broaden our services and respond to growing community needs, we want to keep you informed about our progress in what we call the Library’s Next Chapter. Learn what's happening at your neighborhood Library location, discover new or expanded services, and see how we’re working to improve patron experiences.

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. 

Post Date: Fri, November 8, 2019

The Library's series of signature events brings nationally known authors, local historians, civic voices, political leaders, and others to Kansas City audiences.  Now you have another way to access the ideas and topics covered in the Library's programs: We're creating a larger collection of archived online event videos available to the public. Miss a presentation? Watch anywhere, on your own time, for free. 

Post Date: Fri, September 27, 2019

As information discovery has evolved, so has the Kansas City Public Library. We’ve launched a new Community Reference Team to help patrons connect with information and resources needed to achieve personal and professional goals. The Library can help you find jobs, start businesses, grow nonprofits, manage personal finances, develop healthy lifestyles, and more.

Post Date: Tue, December 7, 2021

A highlight of the Kansas City Public Library’s year was the February completion of the North-East branch following its 18-month renovation.  “One of the things we love about this space is that the North-East Branch isn’t just a part of the community, it’s embedded in the community,” said Library Director John Herron. Find out more about the changes made with community input.

Post Date: Thu, December 19, 2019

The Library’s North-East Branch has TEMPORARILY RELOCATED as it begins a complete renovation and redesign. A temporary space directly across the street at 5930 Wilson Rd. in the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center houses many of the location’s materials during the process, which is expected to last through late 2020. Plan your visit and learn more about the North-East Branch's exciting future.

Post Date: Tue, March 26, 2019

Several Library locations will undergo upgrades and improvements to public restrooms the first week of April 2019. Construction will impact branch operating schedules; patrons should be aware of late openings and limited access to certain areas during this time. Read on for which neighborhood locations will be affected by the building upgrades.

Post Date: Thu, November 1, 2018

This fall’s election encompasses a number of political races, statewide initiatives, and local issues. Voters have many important choices to make -- and among them is the Library Question. As you prepare to head to the polls on November 6, take a moment to review all the items on the ballot and familiarize yourself with the language and details.  

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: Tue, November 6, 2018

Kansas City Public Library officials say they are moving forward with plans to implement upgrades of both services and facilities after approval of the first increase in the Library’s property tax-based levy in 22 years on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

Post Date: Tue, February 23, 2021

Your North-East Branch staff is eager to welcome you back to our beautiful, renovated building at 6000 Wilson Rd. We’re proud to showcase current library services as well as share some exciting features you can look forward to experiencing.  

Post Date: Wed, August 28, 2019

Our doorway to knowledge has swung open a bit wider. As of September 6, 2019, the Kansas City Public Library is expanding operating hours across its system, offering greater access to its vital materials, services, and resources. Nearly all locations will be open longer on weekends, and select sites will remain open later on Friday nights.

Post Date: Fri, October 19, 2018

How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.

Post Date: Wed, September 2, 2020

The Library is introducing a new Internet to Go service that makes 100 Wi-Fi hotspots available to cardholders for free, 14-day checkouts. It’s an effort to bridge the digital divide at a time when the internet is more important than ever, but access has become even more limited. Learn more about this new service.

Post Date: Fri, December 11, 2020

The Library’s North-East location plans to reopen fairly quietly Thursday, December 17, 2020. There’ll be no splashy ceremony. Plans are to hold a public celebration sometime after the first of the year, as soon as it's safe, formally unveiling an extensively remodeled facility that reflects the rich diversity of its neighborhood. But we’ll say this up front: The Library, and Kansas City’s Historic Northeast, have a new jewel.