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

Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas City Public Library—Ruiz Branch
2017 W. Pennway St., Kansas City, MO 64108
FREE—No Reservation Required

Join local gardener Corinna West who will demonstrate the process of tapping a tree and making your own delicious syrup. This class explores the technique of tree tapping, collection, storage, cooking methods for syrup, and an overview of common household items and supplies that are used in the process of syrup-making. Class will last approximately one hour.

Admission is FREE.

Date of Event: 
Sat, February 17, 2:00 pm
2:00 pm to 3:00 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
LEGO Time!

Join us for structured building time with our new collection of LEGOs! We’ll learn about building cars, trucks, airplanes, bridges, houses, and more. This is the perfect program for kids looking for something to do after school during the winter!

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.