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Construction Updates

Downtown Library: The next 21st century library

Downtown Library Rendering

Downtown Library (DT) FAQ

Is the Downtown library closing?
The building where the current DT library is housed will be closing, however the city is committed to library service in the downtown area, so the library will be moving to a temporary location. The address of the temporary location is 1078A W. Santa Fe in the West Santa Fe Plaza shopping center. The library will be in this temporary location while the new library building in downtown is under construction. This transition period will be much like what happened to Indian Creek.  

When will the current Downtown library close?
Per the Johnson County Government's state of local disaster emergency declaration regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the City of Olathe has closed both of the Olathe Public Library locations until further notice. At this time, we do not anticipate that the Olathe Downtown Library will reopen before the planned move to the temporary location. Read more about service changes. 

Did you sell this building?
The city is working with a developer for a future building on the current DT library site.

When will the temporary library open? 
The anticipated opening of the temporary library location will be April 27 at 9:00 a.m.  The temporary location is 1078A W. Santa Fe in the West Santa Fe Shopping Plaza

What is the timeline for a new downtown library?
There are no firm dates at this point, but the current plan has the new building opening in approximately two years.

Where will a new downtown library be located? 
The new permanent downtown library will be located north of Santa Fe behind the park at the intersection of Santa Fe and Chestnut Street. The temporary library will be located at 1078A W. Santa Fe in the West Santa Fe Shopping Plaza.  

What will the new library in downtown be like? 
The plans call for much more space, the latest in technology and features such as a commons area for meeting friends, enjoying a book or catching up on business or school work.  A series of meeting rooms will provide space for business collaboration, club meetings, group study or even a place to work on a personal hobby or project.  And yes, materials to check out and take home whether that be the latest best seller or a recent movie. The new downtown library will also have plenty of public computers, printers and other self service equipment. 

Where can I find project updates? 
Updates will be posted right here on the library construction news page.   

Who can I talk to about the Downtown library project? 
Erin Vader, Interim Library Director, 913-971-6880 
Sara Eccles, DT Library Manager, 913-971-6832