Central Library

Central Library

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

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

Featured Activity at This Branch

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:00 pm
Music continues in Kirk Hall with “Note-ably Retro” Jazztet.  Enjoy popular songs that many people know, set to a tropical jazz or Latin beat.  Lots of fun for all ages!

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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. Tours take place the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. – noon. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Teresa Bolton, Central Library Manager, by email or at 816.701.3747.

Learn more about the Central Library's unique archictecture »