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Central Library

The Central Library is the cultural and administrative centerpiece of the Library system. Located since 2004 in the more than century-old former First National Bank building in downtown Kansas City – restored with private funds and a centerpiece of downtown revitalization – it features unique collections and spaces, programming, galleries, and an historic ambience that makes it a destination for the entire metropolitan area. Regular users include researchers, family story time attendees, and those seeking life and career skills improvement, as well as attendees of the Library’s signature speaking and other special events.

Look for these icons with each project to help identify how it supports the Library's Next Chapter:

Increase Access icon

Increase access to materials & programs.

Expand Outreach icon

Expand outreach to the community.

Upgrade Digital icon

Upgrade computers and digital resources.

Improve Facilities icon

Renovate and replace aging facilities.

PROJECT STATUS:

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Completed

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Ongoing

OVERHEAD BOOK SCANNER

Completed

Provide better access to and also better preservation of MVSC archival materials by acquiring an overhead book scanner.

Completed January 29, 2020

Increase access to materials and programs    Upgrade computers and digital resources

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PROGRAMING & EXHIBIT ENHANCEMENT

Ongoing Project

Provide more quality programs, events, and exhibits to our patrons.

Estimated date of completion: Ongoing

Increase access to materials and programs    Expand outreach to the community

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NEW COPY-SCAN-FAX MACHINES

Completed

Install new multipurpose copy-scan-fax machines in all branches.

Estimated date of completion: March 2019

Upgrade computers and digital resources

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EXPAND RESOURCES FOR MISSOURI VALLEY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Ongoing Project

Expand and enhance instructional services on local history to educators and schools.

Estimated date of completion: Ongoing

Increase access to materials and programs    Expand outreach to the community

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EXPANDED HOURS

Completed

Remain open later on weekends, providing a safe space for youth and others.

Estimated date of completion: September 6, 2019

Blog: "We're Here (Longer) for You"

Increase access to materials and programs

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