Lawrence Public Library (LPL for short) is a community hub that believes in the power of connecting with each other through shared knowledge and resources. Located in the heart of Downtown Lawrence, Kansas, we are committed to providing a space where our community can learn, connect, create, and grow through access to our vast collections, resources, services, programs, and knowledgeable staff.
The library is supported by tax dollars, record-breaking book sales and philanthropic efforts by the Library Friends+Foundation, and the dedicated efforts of more than 300 volunteers.
Our online library is open 24-7
We've got you covered even when the building is closed. Check here for library holiday and closed dates. You can:
- Stream movies
- Download eBooks, audiobooks, and eComics
- Read popular magazines
- Read the New York Times
- Read our LPL Blog
- Listen to our Book Squad Podcast
- Learn something new
- Research something you're interested in
- Research genealogy and local history
- Research health information
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.
With a free library card...
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.
We have bike racks right out front and a bike repair fix-it station on the east side of the parking garage.