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 Pavilion 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 features for a new library will be a reality in this building. Sip your coffee from Wichita's own Reverie Roasters while enjoying a good book or doing research in the coffee shop area 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 substantially 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 Special Collections Center 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.
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 is being built in the downtown core, near the Arkansas River and across the street from Exploration Place.
The current Central Library located at 223 S. Main St. was constructed more than 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The Wichita Public Library has adapted over the decades to fulfill the technological needs of our growing city, but the outdated setup and other limitations of the current building make certain improvements impossible and others too expensive.
The ceremonial groundbreaking at 711 W. 2nd St. took place on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Construction lasted about 20 months. Additional activities, which could not begin until construction was nearly complete, include:
The grand opening has been set for Saturday, June 16, 2018. Details will follow.
The Central Library building at 223 S. Main is the property of the City of Wichita. The City Council will decide the future of the building.
Book a free program about the Advanced Learning Library for your organization or club meeting.
Some furniture has been delivered. High-density storage is being assembled.
A moving company is working with Library staff to prepare to move the Central Library collections of more than 400,000 items.
Reverie Coffee Roasters will operate the building's coffee shop.