Johnson County Library opens revamped Central Library with expanded features

Nancy Hupp, NEJC's representative on the Johnson County Library Board, in the new MakerSpace Thursday evening.
Nancy Hupp, NEJC’s representative on the Johnson County Library Board, in the new MakerSpace Thursday evening.

A revamped Johnson County Central Resource Library opened to the public Thursday night after months of construction.

The $3.6 million project upgraded much of the library infrastructure but also added some features, including an expanded Black & Vetch MakerSpace with new equipment and staff. New 3D printers and laser cutters are just part of the large MakerSpace that occupies the former meeting room area.

The Carmack Community Room for meetings has been moved and expanded to seat 175. Other study rooms and community rooms also have been added. A 24-seat conference room has been named the Logan Room to honor the decades-long contributions of Prairie Village attorney Fred Logan to the library. It is right behind a 12-station training lab.

The library now has 80 public computers and a print station. A new Friends Bookstore with proceeds supporting library programs.

The construction project took 280 days to complete. The library is at 9875 W. 87th Street.

The floor plan for the new library.
The floor plan for the new library.
Board members and elected officials gathered for the ribbon-cutting Thursday evening.
Board members and elected officials gathered for the ribbon-cutting Thursday evening.