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Kansas City Public Library

Address: 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone Number: 816.701.3400
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Ranked #14 of 75 Attractions in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Gallatin, Missouri
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This library, IMHO, is the best library in KC - it's LARGE and I can't imagine it not having a title you are looking for. The online service and in person service is excellent. Self check-out actually works. Reservation system works well. And, I like the location near the Plaza because it's right by several restaurants; you can grab your... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My husband and I often register for the free author and guest speaker programs offered through the Kansas City Public Library. We try to attend at least one per month. The books discussed by their authors range from local sports to controversial historical topics. There is an audience Q & A session following the author's presentation. Often there is a... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It's probably a grate library. I just wanted to say a few words about street view. This is unusual, unforgettable building. Who put those trees in front of building? Why? It doesn't make any sense.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The downtown branch is an old bank building with marble floors old check writing stands. Beautiful architecture! The 5th floor has a roof top garden and is open as long as weather permits. There is a small cafe with coffee and sandwiches on the first floor . If you like grandfather clocks there is almost a grandfather clock on every... More 

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Dunsmuir, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It is simply the most beautiful library I have ever seen. It had been a bank in past years. It was all marble columns and floors. It still had the original vault with its huge thick door, in fact they show movies inside of it. Just awesomely magnificent.

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The front of the building is amazing. Once you walk in you are surrounded by knowledge and beauty and wisdom. We saw a fantastic postcard collection that covered well over a century of Kansas City history.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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272 reviews 272 reviews
103 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The building is a great throwback to when buildings were built to be functional and beautiful at the same time! Nestles among other buildings downtown it definitely stands out! Great place!

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Coronado, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

It's two years later when I'm writing this and I still feel the awe and glee of discovering this gem. An old bank converted to a modern library while preserving the character, reveling in the opulence and extending it with notable flair. As a book resource I can't comment but as an architectural delight I can attest to its beauty.... More 

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Ames, Iowa
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I stopped in the library after seeing that they were currently showing two exhibits I was interested in seeing. The first was called 'Apron Strings' which was a collection of various vintage aprons which have been very well preserved. The collection was lovely and included bits of background and history on each one. Very enjoyable. The other exhibit which was... More 

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Springfield, MO
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97 reviews 97 reviews
42 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We didn't go inside just took pictures in front of the books painted on wall. Loved it! Would recommend to have pictures done in front of them.

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