About the Library

Lawrence Public Library (LPL for short) is a community hub that believes in the power of shared knowledge, resources, and connecting with each other. We're located in the heart of downtown Lawrence, Kansas, and are committed to providing a space where our community can learn, connect, create, and grow. All are welcome.

The library is where you belong, and where learning, connecting, creating, and growing is infinitely possible through access to: collections, resources, services, programs, and knowledgeable staff members.

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

Library Holidays and Closings

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.