Your Community: A stunning success and worth the wait


To say that Shawnee and surrounding residents were excited about their new library opening would be an understatement. In only 4 hours, Monticello Library accommodated 3,038 enthusiastic visitors, 3,737 checkouts and 399 account requests. Patrons explored all areas of the library and quickly made use of the private and collaborative spaces, PC and Mac computers, outdoor terrace and charging stations. Design for Monticello Library benefitted from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for Library services in the 21st century.

The excitement didn’t end with the opening, patrons have been using their new location and requesting accounts at a higher rate than originally anticipated. In fact, it has surpassed our popular Blue Valley Library which is similar in size by averaging over 1,500 visitors, nearly 2,900 checkouts and 280 account requests daily. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as residents have been asking for a location in western Shawnee for years. The Library and County identified a site in 2010, and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System made a generous donation of adjoining land to provide adequate parking. Monticello Library opened on August 5, 2018 and is the first new library location in the County since 1994.

If you haven’t been out to this beautiful new building located at 22435 W. 66th Street in Shawnee, KS, you will find an inviting and comfortable space with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes. The first floor features a dramatic central stair, self-checkout stations, new books and materials as well as a large area for children’s materials and programming. The second floor hosts adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, public computers including Mac workstations, one conference room and several additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a terrace with ample seating where you can get lost in a book or enjoy the Library’s free wireless access. View a PDF of the floor plan tour here.

To see all of the Johnson County Library locations, visit jocolibrary.org/locations.

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