The oldest library building in Kansas City, the historic Westport Branch originally was called the Allen Library in honor of former Jackson County Presiding Judge Arthur M. Allen, who championed its construction in 1898. His name remains inscribed above the front doors. The branch serves a wide area – well beyond its immediate neighborhood – with demand great among seniors and others needing access to computers and the internet, groups looking for public meeting space, and those in need of passport processing.
Look for these icons with each project to help identify how it supports the Library's Next Chapter:
Increase access to materials & programs.
Expand outreach to the community.
Upgrade computers and digital resources.
Renovate and replace aging facilities.
Provide more quality programs, events, and exhibits to our patrons.
Estimated date of completion: Ongoing
Install new multipurpose copy-scan-fax machines in all branches.
Estimated date of completion: March 2019
Renovate the public restrooms.
Estimated date of completion: September 2019
Remain open later on weekends, providing a safe space for youth and others.
Estimated date of completion: September 6, 2019