The Mid-Continent Public Library is a consolidated library system that serves the Kansas City Metropolitan area. It is the biggest system in the state of Missouri with a collection of over 3 million materials. However, it is separate from the Kansas City Public Library that serves the city proper. The Mid Continent Public Library has thirty branches and is also home to the Midwest Genealogy Center.
What services are offered by the Mid-Continent Public Library?
The Mid-Continent Public Library has one of the largest summer youth reading programs in addition to typical library services such as computer access and adult educational classes. You may receive a regular library card if you live within the MCPL service area comprising Clay, Platte and Jackson Counties. Residents living in Kansas City are also eligible to borrow materials through a borrowing agreement between several public library systems in Missouri. Out of district residents may apply for an out-of-district card that is valid for a year and costs $60. A $30 research card is required to access the Midwest Genealogy Center and is valid for six months. Regular library cards expire after two years and can be renewed via email, phone or at any of the MCPL’s 30 branches.
Where is the Midwest Genealogy Center?
The Midwest Genealogy Center is located in Independence, Missouri at this address:
3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055-1923
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9-9; Fri 9-6; Sat 9-5; Sun 1-5