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No More Library Late Fines. Seriously.
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.
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The Library joins the Kansas City community in saying a fond, grateful goodbye to Henry Bloch, one of the city’s greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Bloch, who co-founded H&R Block in 1955 and helped build it into the world’s largest tax preparation company, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 96.
What's Your KCQ?

J.P. Morgan of Olathe suspects most people haven’t noticed the bridge that goes nowhere in Kansas City, even though thousands of drivers pass it on their daily commutes.

It’s in the Benton Curve on Interstate 70, between Benton Boulevard and Indiana Avenue.

"I’ve seen it for years and I was always wondering,” Morgan said. “I’ve tried to look it up online but found no information on it whatsoever."

Image of Amanda Barnhart
One of the Kansas City Public Library’s branch managers has received national recognition. Amanda Barnhart, manager of the North-East Branch, has been elected president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.
BiblioCommons catalog

Four local libraries have teamed up to provide you with an easy way to search all their collections at the same time! Starting Tuesday, April 16, you will see links to other libraries when you search our catalog.

Image of the front of the Central Library.

Opened April 12, 2004, the new Central Library wasn’t merely a triumph for merely the Library. The restoration of the century-old First National Bank building also lent momentum to then-nascent efforts to revitalize Kansas City’s downtown.