Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas

Ruiz Branch

Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas features a wide variety of materials in Spanish: books, magazines, fotonovelas, CDs, and DVDs. The library has unique bibliographic and audiovisual resources related to Latin American culture in Spanish and English. Regular staff members are bilingual.

At this branch

  • Computers: 13 for adults, 4 for kids, & 2 laptops
  • Wireless: All branches have free Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.
  • Meeting Rooms: 1 room

Seed Library at the Ruiz Branch

The Seed Library offers patrons FREE flower and vegetable seeds, as well as other resources to guide gardeners of all skill levels. Learn more »

Rollin' Grocer at Ruiz

Need groceries? Come check out the Rollin' Grocer, a completely mobile grocery store! With affordable prices and a huge variety, Rollin' Grocer has everything you need for your pantry - even produce and frozen items! Rollin' Grocer is working in an effort to eliminate food deserts in Kansas City. They take cash, card, and EBT!

Ruiz Saturday Story Time

Come hang out at the Ruiz branch for stories and crafts every third Saturday! Activities will be geared toward kiddos age three and under, but older children are welcome to come and play as well.

Branch History

The history of the Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas goes back to 1911 when the public school and public library created the Switzer Branch Library. In 1926 when West Junior High School opened, Switzer Branch moved and was named West Branch Library. In 1986 the school district and the library system separated, and two years later the West Branch was relocated to 901 Southwest Boulevard. In 1995 the West Branch was moved once again, to 525 Southwest Boulevard and on September 15, 2001 reopened at it's current location at 2017 West Pennway and was renamed the Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas in honor of Irene Ruiz, a former librarian.