The Ford Rockwell Branch Library first opened on Monday, March 29, 1976, replacing a small storefront branch that had been located at Central & Oliver. This branch was originally planned to be called the Edgemoor Park Branch. About a week before it opened, the Library Board of Directors voted to name the branch in honor of the retiring Ford Aldrich Rockwell (1907-1997), Wichita's head librarian from 1948-76. The Barbara Rockwell Children's Room inside the branch is named in honor of Mr. Rockwell's first wife, former children's librarian Barbara Hosmer Rockwell (1914-1971). When it opened, Rockwell was the largest public library branch in Wichita, and the first of those branches not located within a rented space.
Stop at Central and Edgemoor, walk north on Edgemoor, then turn east on 9th.