Library hours

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sunday: 12 noon – 9 p.m.

Our Mission

Your place. Stories you want. Information you need. Connections you seek.

Community Impact Goals

The library is helping to transform the lives of its citizens through five community impact goals:

  1. Every child will be ready for kindergarten
  2. Everyone will discover their passion for learning
  3. Everyone will continue learning new ways to live their best life
  4. Topeka and Shawnee County will be an engaged community of readers
  5. The library will be a learning organization committed to excellence in: Leadership, planning, customer focus, process management and partner focus

Learn more about our inclusive process for determining community impact goals.


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 (bookstore and gift shop), free meeting rooms, computer training and free gigabit Wi-Fi access. We’re your place. Learn what’s happening at your library by keeping up with Library News, delivered to your mailbox, and Library News Update, delivered to your email inbox.

Located in the heart of Shawnee County, the library has a collection of more than 500,000 books and serves more than 100,000 registered borrowers. About 3,000 people walk through our doors daily. Our bookmobiles make about 20 stops six days a week traveling across the county. We provide services to 55 senior living facilities and 85 homebound individuals. Our website serves customers’ needs 24/7. 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.