Advanced Learning Library

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The first report on how the new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is serving the community is out.

It shows the number of people using the new library is growing, and visitors borrowed 67,898 materials in July to set a record.

The report, presented to city officials this week, shows about twice the number of people visited the new building in July compared to the Central Library last year at the same time.

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The city of Wichita is selling hundreds of items from the former Central Library downtown.

An internet-only auction is open, with bidding set to close Sept. 18.

Dozens of tables, cabinets, chairs of all sizes, office accessories and shelves — and more — are available.

The items will be on display at an open inspection on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the former library on South Main Street.

Wichita Public Libraries

Two Wichita public libraries could close under the city's new proposed budget.

The city is considering closing the Linwood Library in south Wichita next year and is looking at either closing or restructuring the Evergreen Library in north Wichita in 2020.

Wichita Public Library

One of the new additions to the Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is getting a lot of attention.

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The next chapter in public library service in Wichita begins Saturday with the opening of the Advanced Learning Library.

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The Wichita Public Library system is working to digitize its library card applications. It’s one of the projects that began in preparation for the move to the new Advanced Learning Library.

Library staff has been working more than a year to digitize thousands of original library card applications kept at the Central Library downtown.

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The new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is filling up with books and new furniture as staff prepares for the grand opening in June.

The biggest part of the move from the Central Library downtown involves transporting and shelving nearly half a million books, magazines and other materials.

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Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library is nearing its grand opening.

Wichita’s Central Library downtown will close for good on May 6 after more than 50 years of service. Library staff members are preparing for the move to the new Advanced Learning Library which is set to open in mid-June.

The modern new library at Second Street and McLean is nearly complete. Crews are now setting up the building technologies and installing hundreds of bookshelves.

A moving company has been selected. Bids have been awarded for new furniture.

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A special meeting will be held Tuesday night in Wichita to go over a report about future options for the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.