Lucile H. Bluford Branch

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

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.

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, & 7 laptops
  • 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.
More photos of the Bluford Branch
Photos of the Bluford Branch Renovation
Photos of the Grand Reopening of the Bluford Branch

Regular activities & classes

Bluford Branch

Kid’s Café
Daily 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
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday for 8 rounds of cardio-kickboxing and Thursday for strength and endurance training. Classes are free and for all fitness levels beginning to advanced.

Book Groups

Black Classics Book Group
Second Saturday in: February, April, June, August, October, and December; at 2:30 p.m.

Heat of the Night Book Group
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 & Wellness Center is the newest enhancement to the recently 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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