Mid-Continent Public Library’s Spaces are Better, Brighter and Ready to Welcome You Back

Over the past four years, Mid-Continent Public Library has been swiftly executing a Capital Improvement Plan, renovating and modernizing each of its 32 locations across the Kansas City, Missouri, metro and adding a brand-new branch on the east side of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Made possible by a tax increase passed by district voters in 2016, and the work of Sapp Design Architects, Helix Architecture + Design, and JE Dunn, the plan has allowed MCPL to bring its spaces into the 21st century and provide amenities that today’s library users need — from reservable meeting rooms for tutoring sessions or small business gatherings, to myriad electrical outlets and ergonomic seating for extended work sessions, to brighter and more inviting children’s areas for caregivers to focus on early literacy with their little ones.

Withers Branch Interior
Colbern Road Library Center Coffee Shop – Post Coffee Co. will occupy.

Throughout the pandemic, the Library continued its work on updating its physical locations, and as life returns to “normal,” MCPL’s upgraded spaces are ready to welcome each and every member of the community back.

The latest renovations of the MCPL system include the major expansion and overhaul of the Grandview Branch, the complete teardown and rebuild of the Colbern Road Library Center in Lee’s Summit as well as the addition of the East Lee’s Summit Branch, and the construction of the Withers Branch in Liberty, Missouri. More information on all the Library’s construction projects can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.

–Emily Becker

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