Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.

About this 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.

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La Sucursal Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas tiene una variedad de libros, revistas, fotonovelas, discos compactos y videos. Esta Sucursal a traves de los materials que tiene y de los programas que ofrece promueve la riqueza cultural Latino Americana. El personal que presta servicio a los usuarios es bilingue.

Ruiz Branch

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

Location & hours

2017 West Pennway St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Map & directions
Plan your trip by bus

Phone: 816.701.3487
Fax: 816.701.3497

Branch Manager: Julie Robinson
julierobinson@kclibrary.org
Office: 816.701.3587

September-May
Monday - Thursday Noon - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Closed
June-August
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Closed
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Book Groups

Ruiz Readers – First Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

Branch history

Ruiz Branch
Ruiz Branch

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.

La historia de la Sucursal Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas se remonta a 1911, cuando el distrito escolar y la biblioteca publica crearon la Biblioteca Switzer en la escuela elemental del mismo nombre. En 1926, esta fue integrada a West Junior High School y adopto el nombre de West Branch Library. El 1988 debido a la separacion del distrito escolar y del sistema de bibliotecas, la Sucursal se trastado a 901 Southwest Boulevard, donde funciono por siete anos. En diciembre de 1995, la Sucursal West fue reubicada nuevamente a 525 Southwest Boulevard. Actualmente se encuentra localizada en su propio local en 2017 West Pennway y lleva el nombre de Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas.