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.

Featured Activity at This Branch


Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:30 p.m.
The Kansas City Public Library—Ruiz Branch
2017 W. Pennway St., Kansas City, MO 64108
FREE— No Reservation Required

This workshop takes the fear out of gardening by teaching vegetable garden basics. Topics covered will include garden planning, soil preparation, seed and site selection, planting techniques and maintenance.

Date of Event: 
Wed, March 28, 6:30 pm
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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
  • Passport Services
Citizenship Interview Practice

Nervous about your Naturalization Interview?

Get FREE help on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. at Ruiz.

Drop-in, no appointment necessary.

Volunteers now available to help you practice:
• Speaking English (eligibility interview based on N-400 form)
• Reading English (correctly read one out of three Naturalization Test sentences)
• Writing English (correctly write one out of three Naturalization Test sentences)
• 100 Civics Questions (correctly answer six out of ten randomly chosen USCIS questions)
• And so much more!

Vegetable Gardening 101

Grow your own food!

Join us for a 3-week course full of tips and tricks for vegetable gardening.

Learn how to grow your own organic produce including topics like garden construction, fertilization, healthy soil, weed prevention and more! 

This is a peer learning group. We will meet weekly at Ruiz Branch to take an online course together from Universal Class.
Bring your own computer or we will lend you one for the session.

Please register to let us know you're coming.

¡Hola Mis Amigos!
Learn Spanish!
Or practice your Spanish-speaking skills during this class for beginners.
No experience necessary.
This peer-learning group. We will meet weekly to take an online course together from UP Valencia.

Bring your own computer or we will have one you can borrow.
Please register so we can save you a space at our table!

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 »

Passport Services

U.S. Passport application services are available at the Ruiz Branch. No appointment necessary—services are offered during regular business hours. Passport service ends one hour before closing time.

There are required documents to bring and other steps to review before your visit. A checklist of materials and details can be found on the Passport Services page.

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.