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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:00 pm

Music continues in Kirk Hall with Volker Brass, the Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Lots of fun for all ages!

Bring your lunch or purchase something at our Nine Muses Café. Come for the music and leave with a new book.

At this location


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Services & Equipment


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.

Please note: The Central Library parking garage has a maximum 8' (eight foot) clearance.

Learn more about Central Library's parking system »

Cost to Park

Monday – Friday
  • 1 hour free with validation from machines inside the library.
  • $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 not available)
  • $5 after Library closing hours.
  • Free with validation during library hours.
  • $5 before & 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.

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. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Teresa Bolton, Central Library Manager, by email or at 816.701.3747.

Learn more about the Central Library's unique archictecture »