Central Library

Central Library

The Central Library serves as the main resource library for the system. It houses the major library departments, including: Customer Service, Central Reference, Special Collections, Youth Services, Document Delivery, Collection Maintenance, Library Outreach, and all of the Administrative departments.

Featured Activity at This Branch

Representatives from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be on hand to assist with your federal and state (MO and KS) income tax returns.

Walk-ins only. The first to arrive will fill the available slots for the day at each location.

Mondays and Saturdays starting at 10:00 a.m.
Vault Level Multi-Purpose Room

*NOTE: On Saturday, March 3, this will take place in 3rd Floor Meeting Room 310.


This service is available to individuals making $60,000 per year or less.

Date of Event: 
Repeats every week every Monday and every Saturday until Mon Mar 26 2018 except Mon Feb 19 2018.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

At this location


Click through for department hours and more information:

Services & Equipment

  • Computers: 48 for adults.
    H&R Block Business & Career Center: 8 desktops.
  • Wireless: All locations have free Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.
  • Video Conferencing Room
  • Study Rooms:
    2 rooms — accommodate 1 – 2 people
    1 room — accommodates 4 – 6 people
    1 room — for videoconferences, 1-2 people
    (4 hour limit Monday - Saturday, 1 hour limit Sunday; first-come, first-served.)
  • Meeting Rooms: 4 rooms
  • Special Event Spaces: 6 spaces
  • Accessible Entrance: Located on 10th Street, east of the main entrance

Visit our Central Library Space Rental page for more information about available spaces.

Tour the Historic Central Library

Experience a guided, beyond-the-bookshelves tour of the Central Library's unique spaces and rich history. Tours take place the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. – noon.

Interested in taking a tour of the Central Library? Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Teresa Bolton, Central Library Manager, at teresabolton@kclibrary.org or 816.701.3747.


The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. The Community Bookshelf is a striking feature of the south wall of the Central Library's parking garage. It is open 7 days a week.

The cost to park is as follows:

Monday – Friday
  • 1 hour free with validation from Library staff.
  • $1 every 20 minutes (or portion thereof) with a maximum charge per day of $10.
  • $5 for the day if you arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. (Validation isn't available with for this option.)
  • $5 after Library hours.
  • Free with validation from Library staff during library hours.
  • $5 after library hours.
Library events outside of normal operating hours:
  • For earlier morning events, tickets are dispensed 30 minutes before the event begins.
  • For later evening events, tickets are dispensed through the end of the event.

Learn more about the Central Library's unique archictecture.