The Next Chapter - Westport


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Westport Branch

The oldest library building in Kansas City, the historic Westport Branch originally was called the Allen Library in honor of former Jackson County Presiding Judge Arthur M. Allen, who championed its construction in 1898. His name remains inscribed above the front doors. The branch serves a wide area – well beyond its immediate neighborhood – with demand great among seniors and others needing access to computers and the internet, groups looking for public meeting space, and those in need of passport processing.

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

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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RENOVATE RESTROOMS

Completed

Renovate the public restrooms.

Estimated date of completion: September 2019

Renovate and replace aging facilities

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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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