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a rendering of the remodeled front view of the central resource library

Improvements to Johnson County Library’s Central Resource branch coming in 2021

Johnson County Library is excited to announce upcoming improvements for its Central Resource branch, 9875 W. 87th St., in Overland Park. As home to many departments that support all 14 Johnson County Library branches, such as Materials Handling, IT support, and Events and Programming staff, Central Resource Library is considered the heart of the system. The planned improvements to both public and staff spaces at Central will improve efficiency and quality of service across all branches. 
 
Among the upgrades are: 

  • An expanded, relocated Kids Space with more natural light, window seating and a storytime room.
  • A new drive-thru for holds pick-up and material returns.
  • Additional study and conference rooms, including new media rooms in the Teens Space.
  • The reorganization of Materials Handling spaces, through which new materials, holds and other Library items flow, for operational efficiency. 

Construction is set to begin in mid-February 2021 and is anticipated to complete by late fall 2021. While most of the branch will be closed to the public during construction, Central’s front lobby will be converted into “Little Central,” with limited services offered like holds pick-up, materials return and access to public PCs. The branch is expected to close the week of February 8, 2021 to prep for Little Central, with amended services beginning on Monday, February 15. 

The other 13 Johnson County Library branches will remain open during Central’s construction, though with amended hours due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
The Library has created a Central Resource Library Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central and where to find alternate services. Construction updates will be posted on jocolibrary.org and on Johnson County Library’s social media pages.

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