The Drill Team at the St. Patrick's Day Parade

The MCPL Bookcart Drill Team

The library's bookcart drill team shows off their skills throughout the year in local parades and library competitions. In 2010, the team brought home a trophy for their performance at the Kansas City St. Patrick's Day parade.

Speakers panel from Big Read event

Big Read Speakers Panel

The Big Read brought people together from all over the Kansas City metro area to read Tobias Wolff's Old School together. MCPL held a panel discussion on the authors who functioned as main characters in the book.

Reeanctors set up camp at the library.

Veterans Salute Celebration

Each year, MCPL hosts an event to honor military veterans. This yearly event is a great learning experience that features reenactments, a veterans roundtable discussion, interactive displays, and military equipment. If you show up at the right time, you'll even see a helicopter land!

MCPL Staff

The Mid-Continent Public Library Staff

One spring day in 2009 we gathered the entire MCPL staff together and took this group photo. There are over 1,000 staff members at the library all working hard to answer your question, find the right book, and help your imagination soar.

Welcome to MCPL!

Mission Statement

Mid-Continent Public Library’s mission is to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.

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Who we are

Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the metropolitan area, operating 35 libraries and serving over 770,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. The Library strives to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.

With the 19th largest public library collection in the nation, over 10,000 live programs per year, and constantly expanding resources, Mid-Contient Public Library has been providing world class customer service to the area since 1965.

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