The Lawrence Public Library is a public library located in Lawrence, Kansas. It serves the City of Lawrence, and, through its membership in the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS), all of the citizens of the NEKLS multi-county regional library system. The library was originally established as a subscription-based library in 1854, but changed to a free public library upon the donation of a new building by Andrew Carnegie in 1904. The Carnegie library was the main headquarters of the NEKLS and the main library in Lawrence until 1972 when a new modern library replaced it.Add Lawrence Public Library to your Lawrence travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Lawrence trip maker app.
Lawrence Public Library reviews
Lawrence residents can be grateful for the excellent resources provided by this local library. The facility is impressive, as are the available resources and employees. They were kind enough to... more »
Get there early for the private spaces. Lots of place to sit and read or work at a table a study, etc. Love having the coffee shop in house. more »
The building is beautiful. Wonderful views inside and out. Staff does a great job of keeping the peace, assisting patrons and maintaining the collection. If you want something you can't find there, the Inter-Library Loan dept can get it for you. Ask a staff member or look on the website. They also have a coffee shop right when you walk in. My only complaint is parking sucks. There are some free 2-hr spaces in the garage but they fill up quickly. Everything else is metered.
The open concept of this library means not being able to find any quiet areas because you can hear the kids all over the library. There are some study rooms, but they have glass all around, so you can see everything going on around you. Also, I was sitting close to one of these glass study rooms, and someone was giving guitar lessons in there. These rooms are not sound proof. Beautiful library, though, and helpful staff.
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