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About the Architect

gravesMichael Graves (July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015) was lead designer of the library’s expansion and renovation project in 1996. 

Read more about this influential architect, designer and educator.

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Chandler Pavilion

pavilionNext time you are at the library head south across the street to the small triangular park at SW Washburn and SW Horne. 

Pavilion Facts


Claire's Courtyard

courtyardClaire’s Courtyard is our outdoor amphitheater, patio and sunroom space where you to take your Millennium Café lunch, read a book, play cards or just sit and enjoy the water feature. 

Courtyard Details


Level 2 Tech Center

Level 2 Tech CenterThe Level 2 Tech Center includes  30  public  computers,  two  recording studios,  five small  team  rooms,  and a digital arts studio with 3  Macs and 3 PCs with high-end design software.

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Stan Herd Mural

muralThe mural painted by Kansan Stan Herd is located in the new books room and depicts the various geographic areas of Kansas. The paintings represent views of native grasses, trees, flowers and storms over the prairies. 

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Topeka Room

Topeka RoomThe Topeka Room contains books and other materials written, illustrated, produced or published by Topekans or about Topeka and Shawnee County history.

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