Employee Benefits

Below are just some of the great benefits offered to our employees! A more complete explanation may be obtained from the Human Resources Department.

Benefits for All Employees

Educational Support

Employees are eligible for up to $150 per credit hour for up to six credit hours per year for academic coursework towards job or library related courses. Employee must have completed 6 months of employment before eligible.

Educational Loan

Up to $1000 may be available for academic, nonacademic learning activities or related expenses such as books, class fees, additional courses, lab fees, etc. Employee must have completed 6 months of employment before eligible.

Vision Care—Humana

Part-time employees classified who have an FTE of at least .5 are eligible to participate in the Vision Insurance plan. This program provides significant discounts on vision care through selected providers. Cost dependent on level of coverage selected.

Section 125 Tax Savings Plan

This plan allows employees to pay for everyday expenses like childcare, prescriptions, across-the-counter medications and medical/dental plans (not already on a pretax arrangement) on a pretax basis. This benefit is available to full-time staff and also to part time staff at a classification of Library Technical Assistant or above and with a .5 FTE or more.

Bus Pass Program

The Library offers monthly bus passes to employees at a subsidized rate. Contact HR for rate information.

Short Term Disability Insurance

Provided through Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. Cost depends on the amount of coverage desired. This type of coverage is also referred to as Salary Protector.

Accident Insurance

Provided through Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. Provides medical cost reimbursement and income protection in case of accident. Cost depends on the amount of coverage selected and other factors.

Cancer/Critical Illness Insurance

Provided through Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, these plans provide benefits in connection with a diagnosis of cancer or certain other illnesses. Cost depends on the features chosen, the amount of coverage selected and other factors.

Employee Assistance Plan

All employees and their immediate families are eligible to participate in this free, confidential program which offers counseling, life coaching, and other services.

Voluntary Retirement Plans

The Library offers a 403(b) plan and 457 deferred compensation plan through Voya.

Additional Benefits for Part-Time Employees

Vacation Time Off

Part-time staff may take unpaid vacations not to exceed 4 "work" weeks in any calendar year. A week equals the equivalent number of hours a part-time person would normally work.

Leave Replacement Compensation Program

Each year, the Library rewards part-time employees a certain percentage of their earnings for the period of January 1 through December 31 of the prior year. It's a one-time payment, paid during the month of February. Contact HR for additional eligibility requirements.

Additional Benefits for Full-Time Employees

Health Insurance—Humana

We offer two health insurance plans to eligible employees: a PPO plan and a high-deductible HSA plan. Cost dependent on plan type and level of coverage selected.

Dental Insurance—Humana

The Library offers dental insurance to eligible employees on a shared cost basis. Dependent coverage is also available. Employee payments are made on a pre-tax basis.

Life Insurance—USAble

The Library pays for a $20,000 life insurance policy for each eligible full-time employee. Employees also have the option to acquire additional coverage.

Long Term Disability Insurance—USAble

The Library pays for disability insurance for each eligible full-time employee.

Dependent Life—USAble

Employees may select to cover eligible dependents.

Retirement—Kansas City Public School District Retirement System

Employee contribution rate is 9% of gross salary. Employee contributions plus interest refunded if employee separates employment prior to retirement.


Depending upon position classification and longevity, employees earn three to four weeks of vacation each year on an accrual basis.

Sick Leave

Employees earn sick leave at the rate of twelve working days each year on an accrual basis. Sick leave is cumulative with no limit. An employee upon termination of employment will be compensated at his or her present rate for all earned and unused sick time up to a limit of 900 hours. This payout is made according to the formula:

  • (Remaining Sick Leave, up to 900 hours) * (full years of service * 3%) * (hourly rate or equivalent)

Floating Holiday/Personal Business Leave

In addition to vacation and sick leave, regular full-time employees earn 2.0 hours of holiday/personal leave per pay period.


Holidays with pay include: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, President's Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Vacation Leave Payout Option

If desired and minimum requirements are met, full-time Library employees who accrue Vacation hours may opt-in on an annual basis to the Vacation Leave Payout (VLP) program. This VLP Option is for a one-time payout of 8-40 hours (“Payout”) of Vacation hours, which must be elected and earned at/by specific times. Minimum balances are required and must be maintained. For complete requirements, contact the HR department.