The Next Chapter

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The Library is working to improve patron experiences
and do even more to serve our community.

Join us for the Library's NEXT CHAPTER.

The Kansas City Public Library provides open access to essential materials, services, and resources to all in our community. On November 6, 2018, voters overwhelmingly approved an 8-cent increase in the Library’s property tax-based operating levy – the first adjustment in the rate in 22 years.

Thanks to that support and funding, the Library is able to do even more for the people we serve!

As it broadens its services and responds to growing community needs, we want to keep the public informed about progress – about the upgrades and modernization implemented and offered in what we call the Library’s Next Chapter.

From expanded operating hours and new resources and programs that help individuals achieve personal or professional goals to major capital improvement projects, including the renovation or replacement of branch buildings, a number of plans are in the works.

New and exciting things will be happening at the Library in the coming years. Know that you – our community – made these Next Chapter projects possible and and that we appreciate your support.

The Library's Next Chapter will see improvements and enhancements in areas identified during the Library Question levy campaign:

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Increase access to materials and programs.

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Expand outreach to the community.

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Upgrade computers and digital resources.

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Renovate and replace aging facilities.

What does the Next Chapter look like
at your neighborhood Library location?


It would be kind of retro-cool to bill the Library’s new outreach vehicle as its first bookmobile in more than half a century.  Except it’s more than a bookmobile.  

The customized, brightly emblazoned cargo van hit the streets Thursday, September 17, 2020, ferrying bags of books, audiobooks, and DVDs to residents of area senior living centers as part of the Library’s Lobby Stops program. It will be a frequent presence at other outreach events and activities, transporting displays, supplies, and other materials and serving as a pop-up gathering place. Equipped with Wi-Fi, it’ll also eventually provide patrons who need it with essential internet access. 

The Library is introducing a new Internet to Go service that makes 100 Wi-Fi hotspots available to cardholders for free, 14-day checkouts. It’s an effort to bridge the digital divide at a time when the internet is more important than ever, but access has become even more limited. Learn more about this new service.
The Library’s North-East Branch has TEMPORARILY RELOCATED as it begins a complete renovation and redesign. A temporary space directly across the street at 5930 Wilson Rd. in the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center houses many of the location’s materials during the process, which is expected to last through late 2020. Plan your visit and learn more about the North-East Branch's exciting future.