Lucile H. Bluford Branch

About this branch

The Bluford Branch Library is located in Kansas City's east side. Along with its strong collections in African American literature it is the first library in the Kansas City Public Library system to host a Health & Wellness Center. Among the amenities in the Center are specialized collections featuring extensive materials on topics ranging from teen pregnancy to diabetes and a machine to measure blood pressure. The well trained staff of the Bluford Branch are ready to help with technology questions and making community connections.

L.H. Bluford Branch Library

At this branch

  • Computers: 20 for adults, 6 for kids, 6 for tweens, 14 for teens, 4 business & career computers, 2 education computers, 2 health & wellness computers, & 2 research computers
  • Wireless: All branches have free Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.
  • Study Rooms:
    1 room — accommodates 2 – 4 people
    (2 hour limit; available on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Meeting Rooms: 2 rooms
  • Village Post Office

Location & hours

3050 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64128
Map & directions
Plan your trip by bus

Phone: 816.701.3482
Fax: 816.701.3492

Branch Manager: April Roy
Office: 816.701.3690

Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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Regular activities & classes

Bluford Branch

Kid’s Café
Monday–Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Kids ages 1-18 can join us in the Conference Center for a healthy meal provided by Harvesters.

Fitness Classes
Tuesdays at 5 & 6 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m., 6 & 7 p.m.
All classes are led by Nicki Jones of NickiFit and are free and designed for all fitness levels, beginner to advanced.

Book Groups

Black Classics
Devoted to reading and discussing works written by African or African American authors that can be considered great classics—these include outstanding works of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction
Second Saturday in: February, April, June, August, October, and December; at 2:30 p.m.

Heat of the Night
Reads and discusses mystery novels written by African American or African authors, or featuring an African-American or African detective
Second Saturday in: January, March, May, July, September, and November; at 2:30 p.m.

More Resources

Business Resources for the Bluford Branch Area
There are many organizations and agencies who help entrepreneurs to start and grow their business. Listed on this page are organizations in the area that you can turn to for information.

Health & Wellness Center
The Health and Wellness Center is a well-used enhancement to the beautifully renovated Bluford Branch and was created in partnership with Truman Medical Centers and the Health Sciences Institute of Metropolitan Community Colleges – Penn Valley. It provides access to health, nutrition, and wellness information through collections of educational materials, online information, and regular programming.

Local Parks and Recreation Sites
Find local parks, community centers, and recreation areas on this page.

Find practice tests, financial aid information, and more on this page of education resources.

Start your research at the library with these librarian-selected resources.

Village Post Office

Limited postal services are now available at the Lucille H. Bluford Branch.

  • Purchase Forever Stamps
  • Obtain Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and boxes
  • Mail pre-stamped envelopes or packages
  • Enjoy extended P.O. Box hours
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