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?



A highlight of the Kansas City Public Library’s year was the February completion of the North-East branch following its 18-month renovation.  “One of the things we love about this space is that the North-East Branch isn’t just a part of the community, it’s embedded in the community,” said Library Director John Herron. Find out more about the changes made with community input.

Welcome back to a new and refreshed Trails West Branch! Here’s what you can expect when you visit. We look forward to welcoming you inside!

Services at the Library's Trails West location will be limited or unavailable from May 17-June 14, 2021, while upgrades and repairs are made. Learn about the improvements and the service schedule.