A new chapter begins at Southeast Branch

The Library's Southeast Branch is undergoing exciting changes to better serve our patrons. In addition to fresh paint and carpet, we're bringing you new collections and new technology, including a permanent home for the teen Kansas City Digital Media Lab.

The project will require the branch to close from August 4 to September 5. During that time:

  • Patrons can pick up items on hold at the L.H. Bluford Branch, a nine-minute drive away at 3050 Prospect.
  • No programs will be held at the branch.
  • Meeting rooms will not be available for use.
  • The outside book return depository will remain available. Items also can be returned to other Kansas City Public Library locations.
  • Phone calls to the Southeast Branch will be routed to the L.H. Bluford Branch.


Visitors to Southeast already have noticed a lot of activity—construction, painting and carpet-laying with Library collections temporarily rearranged and relocated. If you can't find what you're looking for, ask a Library staff member, who will point you in the right direction.

  • Phase 1: New study rooms, meeting rooms, carpet, paint, furniture, and technology
  • Phase2: Kansas City Digital Media Lab and recording studio


Among the upgrades and changes:

Children's Area

Both the children's and teen areas will be relocated and refreshed. There'll be new collections of books. And new computers.

Upgraded Facilities and Collection

Start with 5,000 new books—for children, teens, adults—and a total of 32 new computers. Two new study rooms will accommodate small group gatherings and individual study sessions, and there'll be a new, 16-person conference room. All areas are getting new paint and carpet.

Permanent Home for Teen KC Digital Media Lab

The Kansas City Digital Media Lab is a program of the Kansas City Public Library that connects youth ages 13-18 with tools and training to help them unleash their creativity. The KCDML offers guidance and access to things like coding, video game development, digital storytelling, and hands-on building and making. Through mentorship and group learning sessions, the program connects teens' skills to academic and professional opportunities.

Since its launch in 2014, the program has been mostly mobile, holding events and activities at various Library locations and community spaces. Now, the KCDML takes up permanent residence—with a studio and workshop—at the Southeast Branch.

Primary focus will be on audio production, audio engineering, and robotics. There'll be areas for formal learning. But the KCDML also will serve as a safe space for tweens and teens, a place where they can hang out, relax, and engage with one another.

To learn more about the Kansas City Digital Media Lab, visit www.kcdml.org.