14 West 10th Street Kansas City, MO 64105
1 PM - 5 PM
9 AM - 7 PM
9 AM - 5 PM
Mon, Sep 2: Closed
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Director of Central Library Operations: Teresa Bolton

After remodeling the former First National Bank, the Central Library moved into this building in 2004.

The restored 1906 historic bank lobby is one of the most magnificent spaces in the Central Library as it is the first interior view that customers experience as they enter the Library. This impressive space houses the popular materials collection on the first floor among the restored columns.

Modeled after library reading rooms of the early 20th century, this room includes traditional library seating with custom-designed tables wired for modern computer usage. The Grand Reading Room is located on the third floor and is surrounded by the Community Reference Services, Reference Collection, and Periodicals Collection. Architectural features include a distinctive, 34-foot ceiling with skylight.

Central Library

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.