How Do Libraries Make an Impact? Let Us Catalog the Ways.

Libraries are essential civic and cultural institutions in our society. They're gathering places, service providers, and hubs of learning, growth, and discovery. But beyond the buildings and tools, aside from the programs, databases, and, of course, books, it's the people who work at libraries who make them 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 Kansas City Public Library — and specifically, our outstanding staff — strives to support and serve our city and its people. Despite the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, Library employees have continued working to ensure all Kansas Citians can access vital resources and opportunities. Even with public health-dictated limitations in our physical spaces, we’ve launched new services, reimagined existing ones, collaborated with area partners to respond to community needs, and done what libraries do best: help our patrons solve problems and seek solutions. That’s a product of the dedication, diligence, and drive of our Library team.

Below is just a sampling (or a list ... we love lists!) of the ways the Library impacts you and our community every day, with a collection of images of the people who directly deliver our services:
...and so much more.

To our Library team: Thank you for all you do to make the Kansas City Public Library a welcoming place for all. Your dedication makes a real difference in the lives of our patrons.

To our community: Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to continuing to serve you!


How does the Kansas City Public Library serve the community?