Shelf Help

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Drowning in a sea of book possibilities?

The Library’s reading experts offer several ways to toss you a lifeline.

Stumped on what to read next? Let us know what you like, and we’ll build you a list of titles you might enjoy!

Don't know what book to get that friend or family member who has "read everything"? We’ll give you gift ideas!

Need a hand finding a book to keep your kids engaged and entertained? Our youth librarians are on the case!

Phone Shelf Help

We’ll talk book to you.

For readers who can’t use our online Shelf Help forms, the Library can give you book recommendations by phone.

We’ll give you a hand with your holds.

Some patrons don’t have reliable internet access to use our online catalog, but we want to be sure everyone has a way to reserve physical books, CDs, or DVDs. Our librarians will help you figure out what you want to check out and reserve materials on your behalf.



Call us for reading recommendations
and help reserving books and other items.



Get book ideas for young readers
and assistance placing holds on kids’ items.


Speak directly with a librarian during designated hours,
or leave a voicemail message with your request
and we’ll get back to you by the next business day.

Live Shelf Help Hours

Monday – Friday | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Have your Kansas City Public Library card ready!

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Call either the Adult Shelf Help or Family Shelf Help number, depending on what you need.

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We’ll chat about possible book titles that match your tastes, help you find a specific item you’re looking for, and assist with placing holds on materials you want to check out.

Leaving a Message?

Tell Us the Following:

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Your full name (first name, last name)

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Your phone number so we can call you back

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Date and time you call

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What kind of books you’re interested in
or how we can help you place holds.


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