TOPEKA -- The State Library of Kansas will close to the public Friday, December 18th and remain closed through Tuesday, December 29th. The closure is to facilitate the State Library’s move from its third floor, north wing Statehouse location to 169-W, which is mobile units located at the southwest corner of the Statehouse. The library will be accessible from the West doors on First floor beginning Dec. 30th.
The move includes 22 full-time staff, 300,000 documents and books, 39 computers, printers and copiers, more than 30 desks and chairs, and numerous file cabinets. The Library’s staff will continue to work through the moving process, however, the best way to reach staff during the closure is via e-mail.
A directory of State Library Staff is on the web at http://www.kslib.info/staff.html. A general e-mail can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the turn of the century, the State Library was housed in a single room in the East wing of the Capitol, just off the Supreme Court Chamber. Following construction of the north wing of the capitol, the State Library was moved in 1900 to its present home on the third floor.
The State Library’s services have changed and adapted with the needs of Kansans. In 1889, the State Library began a traveling library to serve rural Kansans. In 1964, a system of grants was developed to assist rural libraries. In the early 1970s the Kansas Talking Books Service launched to address the needs of individuals with low vision. And in 1980 a service to help Kansans obtain important U.S. and Kansas census information was added.
The State Library’s primary mission is to serve the residents of Kansas through direct service and through support of local libraries.
Even before statehood, the State Library served as a depository of legal and historical documents and as a ready resource to the executive and legislative branches of Kansas government. Today, through the latest technology and access to online research databases, the State Library of Kansas offers more information than ever to the residents of Kansas.
Visit the State Library’s website: www.kslib.info