Central Library

Central building


Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday - Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fax, scan and photo copy services are available without a reservation and are free.

Masks must be worn by anyone visiting our library locations


The Central Library serves as the main resource library for the system.

It houses the major library departments, including: Customer Service, Community Reference, Special Collections, Youth Services, Document Delivery, Collection Maintenance, Library Outreach, and all of the Administrative departments.

Upcoming Signature Events

Upcoming Branch Events

Book Groups


Central Storytime

Tuesdays 10-11 am

At this location


Click through for department hours and more information:

Services & Equipment


The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of the south wall of the Central Library's parking garage. It is open 7 days a week.

Please note: The Central Library parking garage has a maximum 8' (eight foot) clearance.

Learn more about Central Library's parking system »

Cost to Park

Monday – Friday
  • 1 hour free with validation from machines inside the library.
  • $1 every 20 minutes (or portion thereof) with a maximum charge per day of $10.
  • $5 for the day if you arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. (Validation not available)
  • $5 after Library closing hours.
  • Free with validation during library hours.
  • $5 before & after library hours.
Library events outside of normal operating hours
  • For earlier morning events, tickets are dispensed 30 minutes before the event begins.
  • For later evening events, tickets are dispensed through the end of the event.

Tour the Historic Central Library

Experience a guided, beyond-the-bookshelves tour of the Central Library's unique spaces and rich history, starting as the First National Bank to today. Tours take place every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. No reservations required.

Learn more about the Central Library's unique architecture »

Central Youth Services

Central Youth Services

With over 30,000 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines, from our early literacy space to our teen room, there's something for everyone birth to 18 (and their parents, caregivers and teachers) on the second floor.

Central Youth Services is open during regular Library hours.

  • 10 computers for kids.
  • Eight computers for teens.
  • Two laptops for parents with children.

To contact Central Youth Services, call 816.701.3447

The Nine Muses Library Coffe Shop

The Nine Muses Library Coffee Shop, located on the east side of Kirk Hall, offers hot & cold coffee and tea – including a custom Novel Blend coffee from The Roasterie – and a selection of cookies & baked goods from Scratch Bakery. Nine Muses provides a warm and comfortable place for friends to meet or for customers to peruse their selections.

Nine Muses Library Coffee Shop Hours

Monday - Friday9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Nine Muses Library Coffee Shop