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Library Launches Phase II of Five-Year Capital Plan

Published on Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:29am

Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Phase II of its five-year Capital Improvement Plan, which calls for upgrades at all 31 MCPL branches and the addition of two new branches by 2022. 

The plan, made possible by increased funding from the passage of Proposition L by Library district voters in November 2016, has impacted seven branches to date—five of which (Antioch, Blue Springs South, Excelsior Springs, Oak Grove, and Platte City) have temporarily closed for construction upgrades. The Weston Branch reopened on September 20 after receiving upgrades. The Midwest Genealogy Center remains open while construction of a 400-seat Community Hall progresses.  

Completing Phase I

Rounding out Phase I is MCPL’s recent acquisition of a property in Lee’s Summit, Mo., at Blue Parkway and Battery Road just east of Todd George Road (just north of 50 Highway) where the Library intends to erect a brand new 18,500-square-foot branch with a wide array of amenities and upgraded technology. Pending city approval, the design of the new facility will include:

  • A community programming room for classes and forums
  • Enclosed meeting/study rooms
  • A teen area
  • A children’s area, which will be called the “Richard and Deborah Link Learning Center” (dedicated to the prior owners who generously donated a portion of the property) 

MCPL currently has two other branches in Lee’s Summit—off Oldham Parkway and Colbern Road—and collectively the two circulated more than one million items during the last fiscal year (putting them at #1 and #3 in terms of circulation out of MCPL’s 31 branches). Additionally, they had more than 330,000 visitors in their buildings last year. The new Lee’s Summit branch will help the Library better meet the needs of this growing community.

The final step of Phase I will be to replace the current Liberty Branch with a new building. More details about this project will be announced later.

Launching Phase II

Targeted closure dates as well as planned branch improvements for the start of Phase II include: 

  • Lone Jack Branch: Closed October 17 – January 2019
    • Enhanced entry with automatic entry doors; outdoor seating area; new paint; new updated public computers, improved Wi-Fi coverage and access; landscape enhancements.
  • Camden Point Branch: Closed November 2018 – January 2019
    • New windows and lighting; refreshed exterior with automatic entry doors; outdoor seating area; new paint, carpet, and ceilings; new updated public computers, improved Wi-Fi coverage and access; landscape enhancements.
  • Dearborn Branch: Closed November 2018 – January 2019
    • New windows and lighting; refreshed exterior with automatic entry doors; outdoor seating area; new paint; new updated public computers, improved Wi-Fi coverage and access; landscape enhancements.
  • Edgerton Branch: Closed November 2018 – January 2019
    • New windows and lighting; refreshed exterior with automatic entry doors; outdoor seating area; new paint; new updated public computers, improved Wi-Fi coverage and access; landscape enhancements.
  • Kearney Branch: Closed Late-November – Spring 2019
    • New community room; enhanced entry with automatic entry doors; outdoor seating area; new paint, carpet, and ceilings; new updated public computers, improved Wi-Fi coverage and access; landscape enhancements.
  • Claycomo Branch: Closed December 2018 – Spring 2019
    • New community room; new windows and lighting; enhanced entry with automatic entrance doors; outdoor seating area; new paint; new updated public computers, improved Wi-Fi coverage and access; landscape enhancements.

Most branches receiving upgrades in Phase II will require temporary closures, during which time customers will be directed to alternate locations to conduct their Library business. While the upgrades at each branch vary based on individual community needs and the building’s current condition, the Library’s goal is to create more intentional spaces such as community and meeting rooms, as well as upgrade essential technology like computers, printers, and high-speed Wi-Fi. 

The Library is working with Sapp Design Architects, Helix Architecture + Design, and JE Dunn to complete all of the work in the Capital Plan. In addition to all the physical upgrades, the increased funding approved by voters in 2016 allowed MCPL to expand branch hours, enhance special services, augment early literacy efforts, and buy more books, movies, and music.

More information about these improvements and closures can be found online at mymcpl.org/community.

-MCPL Marketing & Communications
 

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We were told that the Liberty branch library on Kent St. would be kept open during the building of a new library in Liberty. There has been no mention of this for months. Have plans changed - it was one of the things that were promised when we voted in 2016.

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