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Kansas City Public Library

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Address: 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone Number: 816.701.3400
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Such a beautiful library! Has an amazing kids section and tons of events for all ages. Very peaceful and user friendly library.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Cara C
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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184 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a beautiful library! Has an amazing kids section and tons of events for all ages. Very peaceful and user friendly library.

Thank Cara C
Prairie Village, Kansas
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I have attended lectures and other events at the Central Library and it is an outstanding library. The books are vast and the building has 5 floors with each used for a variety of purposes. I go 3 or 4 time a month for various venues and enjoy them very much. They have a film library where one can enjoy... More 

Thank Sparky722
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63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We don't live close & haven't visited frequently. We haven't even been able to browse the book shelves yet because we're always there with groups of children. But WoW! What a beautiful place we have in Kansas City! We've attended with student groups for the children's shows and have been very impressed. Thank you, KC Public Library, for investing in... More 

Thank emelle12
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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40 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The building is magnificent. It used to be a bank, so in the basement there is this huge vault that is now being used as a mini-theater, and the film collection is stored there. It is such a lovely building to walk around, but there is a marvelous collection of books and exhibits too. We saw a very touching photography... More 

Thank Helene K
Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I love walking past this library. More specifically the parking garage right next door is lined with giant book covers, featuring classic books. The interior also has beautiful architecture including the old bank vault. Worth dropping in!

Thank Heather M
Kansas City
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103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

The Plaza and Downtown Libraries are particularly nice. Whether looking for something to read, need to rent an event space or take advantage of the varied special events, I have never been disappointed.

Thank RondaKansasCity
Kansas City, Missouri
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53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

I've seen much better libraries for selection, but this library has great events and is a wonderful attraction in its own right. The building is both gorgeous and whimsical. We love the video vault downstairs, the art hall, the children's section, and of course the giant chess board and views on the roof. Take a picnic lunch to eat on... More 

Thank Bob R
Kansas City
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I love the downtown library. The architecture in there is wonderful and many places you can relax and read a book. Also a great place to book an event.

Thank 816MEC
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

This was a quick 45 minute trip. Interesting exhibits and architecture. Glad we made the stop. I would go back

Thank SantoriaLeigh
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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84 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

The pictures of what looks like books on a shelf is the outside of the parking structure. The library itself is very open, and actually very empty. I don't think this is a really destination in Kansas City, but we did use the restrooms and they were very nice and clean.

Thank Brenda S

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