Advanced Learning Library

Opening in 2018
  • Wichita's new Advanced Learning Library incorporates concepts requested by the community to become the "library of the future," incorporating multiple learning styles and expanding access to technology and services.

  • The children's room will serve the whole family from the first floor, easy to access by even the tiniest of feet. It will include a quiet room, a family restroom, and spaces customized to different age ranges.

  • One of the most requested items for a new building will be a reality in the Advanced Learning Library. Sip your coffee while enjoying a good book or doing research in the coffee shop that will be located on the first floor.

  • Teens will enjoy a colorful space filled with technology designed just for them. With group seating and multi-media opportunities, this teen area will provide educational and entertainment activities, helping teens explore new interests.

  • Technology services will expand exponentially with more public computers and faster internet speed. The Digital Pavilion will include a classroom & collaboration spaces with enough outlets to keep everyone plugged in & connected!

  • A larger Genealogy section will better help you research your family tree. Located on the 2nd floor, the space will include a conference room and an archival vault for the Library’s most rare and delicate materials.

  • The new library’s entire parking lot will be adjacent to the building, so there will be no streets to cross. Dedicated library parking will make access more convenient.

Welcome to Your Advanced Learning Library

On February 2, 2016, the City Council approved a new Advanced Learning Library to be built that will better provide for the current and future educational and technological needs of our community. The library will be built in a new location, near the Arkansas River and across the street from Exploration Place.

Why a New Central Library?

The current Central Library located at 223 S. Main St. was constructed 50 years ago. Back then, the city population was less than 250,000 and there was no such thing as a personal computer. The Wichita Public Library has adapted over the decades to fulfill the technological needs of our growing city, but the outdated setup and other limitations of the current building make certain improvements impossible and others too expensive.

When Will It Open?

This is probably the question we get more than any other! Our target is a spring of 2018 grand opening. The ceremonial groundbreaking at this future library site, 711 W. 2nd St., was Wednesday, July 6. Construction is expected to last about 20 months.

But What About the Current Building?

The current Central Library building is the property of the City of Wichita. The City Council will make the decision on the future of the building.

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