About the Library

About Us

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:

Without a library card...

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.

Bike parking

We have bike racks right out front and a bike repair fix-it station on the east side of the parking garage.

Vehicle parking

The Vermont Parking Garage is located at 727 Vermont Street. The top level is 10-hour free parking. Level 3 is 10-hour pass or $1.00 per day. Levels 1 and 2 are two-hour free parking. Red signs indicate two-hour free parking. Blue signs indicate 10-hour pass or $1.00 per day. Pay stations are located at each stairwell on Level 1. More parking information here.
Parking meters are located on Vermont, Kentucky, and 8th Streets adjacent to the library. Free 15-minute and accessible parking is located on Vermont directly in front of our entrance.
Metered parking fees
IMAGE: City Of Lawrence / lawrenceks.org/parking