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The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library is dedicated to championing the Kansas City Public Library and its mission to serve as a doorway to knowledge for all people in our community. When you become a Friend, you join a diverse, dynamic group committed to supporting, advocating for, and sharing in the experiences that make our Library unique.

The Friends started in 1984 to advocate for a bond issue, which led to the Library's separation from the Kansas City School district and allowed for the branches to be built. That year the Friends also hosted their very first book sale, and in its first 25 years the Friends donated thousands of volunteer hours and over $1,000,000 in monetary gifts.

Friendship is now free!

Become a Friend of the Kansas City Public Library and show your support in the way that feels right to you. There are many ways to play a part:

    • Champion: Learn more about what the Library has to offer and take an active role sharing that knowledge with your network and communities.
    • Advocate: Speak up and encourage community leaders to take actions that support the Library and its mission.
    • Volunteer: Give time and effort to further the work of the Friends and the Library.
    • Support: Make a financial gift to support the Library and its work.
    • Engage: Enjoy all the Library offers by attending events and visiting frequently.
    • Celebrate: Join with other Friends around a shared love for and commitment to the Library and its mission.

Become a Friend today! 

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