About the Library

The Kansas City Public Library is a doorway to knowledge for all people in our community.

The Kansas City Public Library system consists of a central library, nine physical branches, a digital branch, and an outreach services program serving a constituency of over 250,000 in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to providing library services to residents, the Library also serves as a resource for the 1.7 million metropolitan residents of greater Kansas City.


  • One of three recipients of the LibraryAware Community Award from Library Journal, recognizing the libraries' value to their respective communities.
  • Recipient of the American Library Association's Paul Howard Award for Courage, given biannually for "unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services."
  • Received the Missouri Humanities Council Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement. The award highlights an organization that supports and encourages community betterment through writings, dialogues, or exhibits.
  • Recipient of the Consensus Civility Award by the nonprofit group Consensus KC, recognizing institutions and individuals in the greater Kansas City area working across differences to improve our community.
  • Southtown Council Community Anchor Award for the Waldo, Southeast, and Plaza Branches.
  • Money Smart Kansas City Money Smart Hall of Fame Award.


  • Money Smart Kansas City Money Smart Hall of Fame Award.