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Central Library


Central Library

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Monday - Thursday
10 AM - 8 PM
(Operating hours may differ at the Wulfmeyer Special Collections Center)
Friday - Saturday
10 AM - 6 PM
1 PM - 5 PM
(Closed Sundays from Memorial Day - Labor Day)

More About the Central Library

The current Central Library opened on March 13, 1967. It replaced Wichita's original public library building, a 1915 Carnegie Library across Main Street that had become overcrowded.

With changing needs and technologies, changes came to the building. The Friends of the Wichita Public Library Used Book Store opened in 1991. In 1992, the library's first remotely accessible computer catalog system was installed. Prior to 1993, only staff were allowed to access the building's lower level. A remodeling project completed that year moved the Library's Local History and Genealogy collections downstairs. In summer 1996, private donations allowed the Children's Center to be remodeled and expanded. Internet access came to the Library in 1997. In 2000, a technology training center was added to the first floor.

The Central Library is the largest Wichita Public Library facility, with reference departments specializing in Art, Music, and Video; Business and Technology; and Genealogy and Local History.


Book Store


  • 24 general use public computers
  • 4 public computers plus 2 Early Literacy stations in the Children's Center
  • 3 research-only computers in the Genealogy & Special Collections Center


  • $1 per page
  • Outgoing only
  • Local or long distance within the United States

Meeting Rooms

Mobile Printing


Upcoming Events

Phone Numbers

Art, Music & Video
Business & Technology
Check-out Desk
Children's Center
Genealogy/Local History
General Reference

Parking Meters

The parking meters around the Central Library are enforced seven days a week until 11 p.m. ADA parking spaces are not metered.

The small parking lot immediately to the south and on-street parking to the north have a 1 hour time limit. Those meters accept the following combination of coins:

  • Nickels - 15 minutes each
  • Dimes - 30 minutes each
  • Quarters - 1 hour each

The small parking lot to the north has a 5 hour limit. Those meters accept quarters only. Each quarter is equivalent to 30 minutes.

The meters in the large parking lot to the south of the building have a 10 hour time limit. Each dime will grant 30 minutes, while each quarter will give 2 hours.

Free parking is available in the parking garage and on paved lots to the south of Waterman Street.

Ride the Q

The Q-Line, Wichita's free downtown trolley, passes by the Central Library.

Old Town route

Nearest Wichita Transit Route

All bus routes return to Downtown Transit Center.

From Downtown Transit Center, head south on Topeka or Emporia until English (next street) and then walk west 3-4 blocks on English.

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