KCKPL's Main Library

The History & Future
of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library's
Downtown Location

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"It (the library) is the heart of the cultural unit of this community."

- Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Superintendent F.L. Schlagle (1932-1962)

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Kansas City, Kansas Public Library would like to gain insight from our community about the Main Library located in Downtown Kansas City, KS. We will hold three community feedback sessions at the following times and dates:
> 1-2:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 28 | Main Library
> 6-7:30 p.m. | Monday, May 7 | Second Floor Auditorium at Main Library
> 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Wednesday, May 16 | Second Floor Auditorium at Main Library


We also ask that you consider completing our short survey below. It should take five (5) minutes or less to complete.
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KCKPL Downtown.
Small Beginnings. Continued Impact.

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was officially founded in 1875 starting with a small 200 volume subscription library. In 1899, the library came under the authority of the Board of Education where it remains today. The original Carnegie library building was located at 625 Minnesota Ave. The cornerstone of the building was laid at night under new electric arc lights on September 6, 1902. More than 3,000 people turned out to witness the opening event. See the timeline below to find out more about KCKPL's history and our current downtown location.

Shared Places. Shared Spaces.

The following images are of the current Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., and its predecessor, the downtown Carnegie Library. The Carnegie Library was razed in 1965 to make room for a parking lot for the current library.

East

Library from the East

Aerial

Aerial photo of Minnesota Ave.

Postcard

Library Postcard

Rose Garden

Rose Garden leading to Library

Lobby

Library Lobby

Columns

Construction of Library

Aerial view of Main

Photo of current Main Library

Aerial View

Aerial View

Researching

Researching

Removing card catalog

Removing card catalog

New Children's Dept.

New Children's Dept.

Main Interior

Main Interior

Main Exterior

Main Exterior

Reviewing the Past.
Exploring the Future.

Over time, the needs and desires of a community can shift. To explore how the downtown library and Kansas City, Kansas Public Library as a whole has changed, we established a timeline, but KCKPL also compiled news articles from our holdings and our NewsBank database service, which is available to patrons.


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Kansas City, Kansas Public Library would like to gain insight from our community about the Main Library located in Downtown Kansas City, KS. We ask that you consider completing our short survey below. It should take five (5) minutes or less to complete.

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