The Southeast Branch of the Kansas City Public Library will close for a month beginning Aug. 4 for the first phase of a major rehabilitation and improvement project.
The branch at 6242 Swope Parkway is slated for new computers and carpeting, more books and even an audio recording booth.
“This is part of a larger renovation of the Southeast Branch designed to offer a permanent space for the teen Kansas City Digital Media Lab,” the library announced. “The upgraded lab will include a new study area and audio recording booth. The renovated digital media lab is scheduled for completion in winter.”
The project will also involve adding more than 5,000 new books, DVDs and CDs to the branch.
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The library will be freshly painted and will receive new carpeting. The children’s area and meeting rooms will get new furniture.
The library is scheduled to reopen Sept. 5, the Tuesday after Labor Day.
In the meantime, there will be no programming at the Southeast Branch, and the meeting rooms will not be available. The outside book depository will remain available for returning library materials. Library users may pick up reserved items at the L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.