This report summarizes the goals, process and conclusions of the Master Plan for Branch Libraries developed for the City of Wichita and the Wichita Public Library. The plan replaces the Wichita Public Library System Master Plan adopted in 2006. This proposed plan was presented at a joint workshop of the City Council and Library Board of Directors on April 2, 2019.
The Library has developed a three year plan for its technology services. The plan puts forth a variety of high level goals for which the Library should aim, in a variety of key target areas, designed to address the most immediate needs of the Library while expanding its services to meet the increasing demands of customers.
The Advanced Learning Library opened on June 16, 2018 after several years of planning:
The Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) at the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at Wichita State University conducted a review of Wichita's branch library system. PPMC was given the following tasks:
PPMC and the Library worked with
CIVICTechnologies to learn how library services are utilized by different parts of the community. Library staff participated in a workshop from November 17-18, 2016 to study the data and apply it to each library branch:
The findings of PPMC's study, including information from CIVICTechnologies, were released on April 25, 2017:
The branch study was presented at the Kansas Library Association's 2017 conference.
On August 15, 2006, the Library Board of Directors voted to adopt a new master plan for library facilities. This plan is the continuation of 40 years of master planning by the Library. More than 700 citizen comments about planning options were received by the Library Board and were instrumental in the refinements contained in the plan adopted by the Library Board and endorsed by the City Council on September 13, 2006.
The Library releases activity reports on a monthly basis. The most recent reports are available online: