Returns: Book Drops Only. Holds Pick-Up: Curbside or Drive-Up Service. In-Branch: No in-branch services. Virtual Branch is available 24/7.

MCPL began new operating hours for most branches on Dec. 16. The North Independence Branch has reopened as of Jan. 15. For more information, visit the MCPL COVID-19 Information and Updates page.

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South Independence Branch


Closing Date: August 30, 2020

Reopening Date: Early 2021 

The South Independence Branch will close at the end of business Sunday, August 30, for renovations. Its book drop will close at the end of business on Tuesday, August 25. The branch is scheduled to reopen in early 2021. Customers will be directed to the North Independence Branch for service during the closure. 

Holds and Returns


Before 4:00 p.m. August 30, South Independence Branch customers are asked to check out any items they have been notified are available for pick-up via curbside service. Any holds not picked up before close of business on August 30 will be transferred to:

North Independence Branch
317 W. 24 Highway
Independence, MO 64050
Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 1–4 p.m.

If you would like your holds transferred to another branch during this renovation, please call or visit any MCPL branch and ask a staff member for assistance.  


After August 25, materials can be returned to any MCPL location that is not closed for construction. 

Storytimes, Book Groups, and Programming

In-person events at all branches have been temporarily moved to our MCPL360 Facebook page or other virtual options such as Zoom.

Events for kids, teens, and adults can be found on the Library’s Facebook page

Visit for updated program information. 

Your Refreshed Library Experience Is Coming!

The updated South Independence Branch will reopen in early 2021 and will include the following renovations:

  • New lighting, paint, carpet, and ceilings
  • Automatic entrance doors
  • Enhanced entry and native landscaping
  • New signage and display cases

This project is part of the Library’s Capital Improvement Plan, which is made possible by funds from Proposition L. The architects are SAPP Design (Springfield, MO) and Helix Architecture and Design, Inc. (Kansas City, MO), and the construction firm for all projects is JE Dunn.

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