About the Library

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library building

Our Mission
Your place, stories you want. Information you need. Connections you seek.

Our Vision
You know us – and we know you
We are on your speed dial-just like your best friend. The library is part of your daily life. We’re friends on Facebook. You visit us in person and on the digital branch.

You trust us
You have important decisions to make. You come to us when you need reliable information-fast! You see the library as an essential part of your life.

You are proud of us
You share the library’s story with friends and neighbors and bring visitors here. Getting a library card is one of the first things you do when you move here. You support the library with tax dollars and donations because it’s good for our community.

You inspire us
We see you learning new technology, doing business, enjoying a good book and connecting with friends. You think the library makes Topeka and Shawnee County a better place to live.

You can’t read enough (for us)
Your library card is always in your wallet. You are reading more, checking-out more, downloading more and enjoying the stories and information you need. Reading is like breathing-you gotta do it!

Our Commitment
Enhance our citizens’ lives through convenient services when, where and how they need them.

Our Goals
Support the economic vitality of our community.
Monitor and respond to societal changes with information to help people manage and improve their lives.
Support and nourish the community’s spirit, imagination and culture.
Contribute to the growth and development of our community’s families and children.

Additional Information about the Library
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique (used bookstore), free meeting rooms, computer training and Internet access. We’re your place. Learn what’s happening at your library by signing up for library news delivered to your inbox (look on the Home page).

Located in the heart of Shawnee County, the library has a collection of more than 500,000 books and serves more than 95,000 registered borrowers. About 3,000 people walk through our doors daily. Our bookmobiles make about 30 stops six days a week traveling across the county. We provide services to 55 senior living facilities and 85 homebound individuals. And, our Digital Branch Library, tscpl.org, serves customers’ needs 24/7. Plus, we have free parking and wi-fi. Sign up for your library card account today and join an institution that can save you money.
The library offers state-of-the art technology, youth programs that encourage learning and reading, accessibility services addressing the needs of older readers and persons with disabilities, and reference and research tools.

The library is a great meeting venue for community groups and is a cultural hub for art, music and literature. People of all ages discover and experience art at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. We connect individuals to culture, art and artists – both modern and classic. The gallery is also recognized for two national art competitions and its annual art exhibit for children. Professional exhibits from the library’s permanent collection (the oldest in the city) as well as traveling exhibits draw nearly 20,000 visitors annually.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.