We live about 200 miles from Independence, Missouri but made this trip on recommendations of fellow genealogists that this library was excellent! I was not disappointed! The library is beautiful on the outside and inside, well-kept and very organized. The staff are so knowledgeable and so very helpful in every regard of genealogy research. For a nominal fee of $20 I joined the library for six months and can use all their subscriptions from my home computer during that time. I am looking forward to returning many times to use their great facilities. My husband was very happy with the location of the library as there is a great golf course right across the street where he played golf while I did genealogy research. By the way the name of the course is Drumm Farms golf course.