About the Library

Lawrence Public Library (LPL for short) is a community hub that believes in sharing knowledge and resources. We empower our community to imagine more together to grow a world we can all believe in by learning, connecting, creating, and growing with our vast collections, resources, services, programs, and humans.

The Library is supported by tax dollars, the Friends of the Library book sales, the philanthropic efforts of the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, and the dedicated efforts of more than 300 volunteers.

Come say hello! We're located in the heart of downtown Lawrence, KS, which means a quick walk to a wide array of meal options, daylife, nightlife, and local businesses.

Library Holidays and Closings


  • 1 — 325-space, well-lit, elevator-equipped parking garage adjacent to the library lawn (the upper level is free for 10 hours)
  • 1 — 15-minute spot in front for a quick dash inside to pick up a hold, your kid, or just use the restroom
  • 2 — spots reserved for accessible parking
  • 8 — metered parking spots on Vermont Street
  • 4 — metered parking spots on 7th Street
We have bike racks right out front and a bike repair fix-it station on the east side of the parking garage.
Visitors get free wi-fi, study and meeting spaces, deep conversations and light coffee talks, giant windows to the world, cozy reading nooks for kids, books that span the breadth of humanity and a Book Squad eager to help match you with your next great read. We've got information experts at the ready, ​a seemingly endless stream of programs and storytimes for kids, a chill space just for teens, public computers with the nicest tech help ever, book clubs galore, and the latest newspapers and magazines.
Get carded and get books, a SOUND + VISION recording studio, video games, DVDs, music CDs, streaming video, Book Club in a Bag, Ancestry.com, language lessons, Lynda online classes, GED and citizenship practice tests, online resources for grant writers, entrepreneurs, scholars, and fiction lovers. Read unlimited New York Times articles online, download audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks onto your phone — and more.