The Lionel D. Alford Regional Branch Library first opened its doors on April 5, 2003. The branch was dedicated in memory of Lionel D. Alford (1925-2000) for his community vision, involvement and for his outstanding service to the citizens of the community. Mr. Alford, a retired senior vice president at Boeing, was credited for leading Boeing Wichita's transformation during the 1980s from the brink of closure into the state's largest private employer and key facility to the Boeing Company's worldwide operation. Mr. Alford also chaired the Wichita/Sedgwick County Partnership for Growth, started the Kansas Food Bank, and led the campaign for the Wichita Public Schools bond issue in 2000. The building's design, from the distinctive wing-shaped roof to its support beams, was inspired by Mr. Alford's background in the aircraft industry. The children's area is named in honor of Richard Rademacher (1937-2020), Wichita's Director of Libraries from 1976-2000. The American Institute of Architects-Wichita honored the building with a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture. The Alford branch is the largest public library branch in Wichita, and was the first Wichita Public Library location to feature drive-up hold pickup service as well as self-checkout of library materials.
Stop at 31st and Meridian, then walk south to the library.