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Missouri’s secretary of state wants to enact a new policy that libraries believe endangers your freedom to read and threatens to reduce community access to public library books and other resources. A public comment period runs through Wednesday, December 14, 2022, giving you a chance to speak up for your right to read and speak out against censorship. Learn more and take action today.

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Digital Services Updates
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.
Lucile Bluford Day
Lucile Bluford – namesake of the Library's L.H. Bluford Branch – was a local civil rights leader and helped make The Kansas City Call one of the most important African-American newspapers in the nation. During July, The Library celebrates Bluford’s impact on the KC community and the nation at large.


Service Notice

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.

illustration showing the extent of the Swope land donation

It was 126 years ago that real estate tycoon Thomas H. Swope donated the land to the city. A follow-up KCQ questioner wonders: What inspired his generosity?

Image of Evicted exhibit
Through photographs, video storytelling, and spatial elements, Evicted is an immersive exhibition illuminates the harrowing experience of eviction – faced annually by thousands in Kansas City and across the country. Inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, the exhibit is on display at the Central Library through July 17, 2022.