Lucile H. Bluford Branch

L.H. Bluford Branch Library

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.

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

Kid’s Café
Monday–Thursday from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Kids ages 1-18 can join us in the Conference Center for a healthy meal provided by Harvesters.


Building Blocks Play Group

Do you have children between birth and age five? Join us for a free playgroup every Monday at the Bluford Library from 11:00-1:00. Give yourself and your child a chance to connect and socialize. Children get the opportunity to have fun in a safe setting and parents meet other parents who understand what they are going through. This activity is sponsored by The Front Porch Alliance.

Cardio Kickboxing with NickiFit

Punch and kick your way to good health. Fitness champion Nicki Jones will lead you through 10 to 12 rounds of punches, kicks and cardio exercise that will leave you feeling invigorated and powerful. This class is taught for all fitness levels, beginner to advanced.

Computer Class

Join us every Friday for a hands-on computer class. We cover a variety of topics including social media, Microsoft basics and finding information on the Internet.

Full Body Chair Fitness with NickiFit

No matter your limitations, we hope you can still reap the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise. This class is designed to give you a total body workout. Cardio, strength and flexibility exercises are all performed from a seated position.

HIIT Training with NickiFit

This high intensity interval training (HIIT) will get you sweating and moving. Get the maximum benefits of exercise with the 45 minute workout. This class is for all fitness levels, beginning to advanced.

Kids Cafe

Hungry after school? Drop in for a free meal courtesy of Harvesters. These healthy and tasty meals provide food from all the food groups. Meals must be eaten on site and are only available for youth.

Soul Flo

Created by Yolanda Sanders and presented by NickiFit, Soul Flo is a free flow form of yoga that builds strength and flexibility throughout the entire body. Unlike traditional yoga, Soul Flo trades Buddhist mantras with positive affirmation so people of all beliefs can feel comfortable participating. Flowing freely from one move to the next as opposed to holding stagnant poses, Soul Flo is ideal for both men and women of all ages. More information about Soul Flo can be found at NickiFit.com.

Strength Training with NickiFit

Are you ready for change? This class is designed to help participants achieve superior fat loss while maintaining muscle. This class alternates between short periods of cardio exercise with less intense recovery periods. You will improve your athletic capacity and condition, improve glucose metabolism and improve your bodies ability to burn fat. Bring your own weights! Class are taught for all fitness levels, beginner to advanced.

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.

Village Post Office

Limited postal services are available:

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

About Lucille H. Bluford

The Lucile H. Bluford Branch of The Kansas City Public Library stands as a tribute to one of the city’s most accomplished and beloved individuals. From her early days as a student at Lincoln High School and the University of Kansas to her long and distinguished career at The Kansas City Call, Miss Bluford used her journalistic talents to champion civil rights and strengthen the African-American community. Read More...