Johnson County Library’s Central Resources Branch Reopens After Renovations

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After a year of construction, the Johnson County Library Central Resource Branch (9875 W. 87and St, Overland Park, KS) fully reopened to the public on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. The location’s lobby operated as “Little Central” while the majority of the building was closed, offering limited services such as pickup holds, return of materials and public computers.

Renovations to the Central Resource Library include new equipment and refreshed spaces, including:

  • A new convenient drive-thru window for picking up reservations. To use the window, select “Central Resource Drive-thru” as the pick-up location when booking. The pick-up location for upcoming reservations that are not yet available can be changed in your Library account. To change your pick-up location for reservations already on the shelf, contact the library.
  • An enlarged and relocated Kids area. Among the many features are new child-friendly furniture and shelving, a dedicated room for story time, an interactive play area for early literacy, and large windows with seating that overlook Strang Park.
  • Bookable conference, meeting and study spaces. The Central Resource Library now includes 20 reservable places of various sizes and layouts, all updated with fresh paint, new furniture and wireless AV technology. Two new media rooms have also been added alongside the Teen collection.
  • Refreshed personal space. Behind the scenes, staff spaces have been reconfigured and consolidated to create more efficient document flow throughout the library’s 14-branch system.

The popular genealogical resources of the Central Resource Library and the Black & Veatch MakerSpace are also reopening to full in-person services, but with temporarily reduced hours. The MakerSpace facility received new paint and flooring as well as new or improved equipment including laser and vinyl cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, larger computer monitors and a router Large format CNC. Equipment reservations and tutorials can be accessed at jocolibrary.org/makerspace.

The Central Resource Library opened in 1995 in a former Best Products retail store. Originally a reference library, the branch had the largest collection in the system and offered six public computers. It also replaced the Antioch Library (8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Merriam, KS) as the headquarters for library administration and many system-wide service staff. The recent renovation was the culmination of more than ten years of planning by library management. The first phase of the project was completed in early 2015, reconfiguring the public spaces and the collection for the needs of a 21st century library system. The second phase, to include work on staff spaces not updated since 1995, was planned for 2021 when the library accumulates the necessary funds. Despite an unforeseen global pandemic and supply chain issues, the project remained on schedule and under budget, with a total project cost of $11.1 million.

County Librarian Sean Casserley is thrilled to welcome the community back to a fully functional library building, inviting residents to come see the exciting changes. “Our community’s commitment to reading and lifelong learning is inspiring. As an institution, the Library has no other objective than to provide you with the information that will support and enrich your life. It’s a space for you and your family to explore, discover and excite your imagination. I think you will be surprised at what you find!

Details of the Central Resource Library’s amenities, including hours of operation and how to reserve meeting space, are available at jocolibrary.org/central.

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