Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, serving over 770,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. MCPL provides access through 36 service outlets, including 4 co-located branches and a virtual library. Mid-Continent Public Library’s mission is to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration. [Download MCPL Fact Sheet]
After World War II, Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties created their own public library districts to separate public libraries being defined by their attached school district. The three library districts began working together in 1964 in an effort to combine and multiply the educational effects the library could have on residents of all ages...[view more]
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April 20, 2013
Share Memories of Woodneath with MCPL
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April 3, 2013
Midwest Genealogy Center Manager Retires
March 29, 2013
A Fount of Learning Bursts Forth in Blue Springs, Missouri
February 28, 2013
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February 27, 2013
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February 9, 2013
MCPL Wins Grant for eReaders
January 31, 2013
January 10, 2013
Mid-Continent Library Bubble Art
January 4, 2013
Northland Library Branch Mixes the Old with the New
"You have good books and programs for ages 2-5... giving a mom just enough time to grab some story to get her mind out of the house and her brain can pretend to visit with adults."
--Anita from Liberty
"My family gets help to look up topics and books about information we are unfamiliar with. I receive help in researching databases for school projects. The programs offered are wonderful and for all ages; the staff at the Edgerton, MO branch are above and beyond friendly. My kids think of them as extended family."
--Kristy from Trimble, MO
"I like to read and write books. So that is why I belong to my LIBRARY!!!"
--Liliana from Smithville
"The Library... To me a place to relax, have fun, and hang out, study. A place happy and welcoming. i give my thanks to all who work at it..."
--Ryan from Excelsior
"The Library has been an important place to me since I was a kid. There is nothing like holding a good book in your hands and letting the story take you to far off places. I also love meeting the character's in the books -- sometimes to be rescued by a prince or taken hostage by an evil villian. Each book is new and exciting to me. We need adventurest like these to give us a break from reality."
--Nora from Excelsior Springs
“The library is quiet. I love to read and study at my library. I meet really interesting people there, also, some with common interests. Wonderful place to get grandchildren interested in books and learning.”
--Elaine from Independence