Advanced Learning Library

City of Wichita

The City of Wichita has revealed more details about two development projects totaling $65 million.


The City of Wichita is deciding between two developers for a new project in Delano. Now, they’re asking for the public’s help in choosing the finalist.

The so-called Delano Catalyst Site sits northwest the intersection of Douglas Avenue and McLean, just between the new $37 million Advanced Learning Library and the $38 million River Vista project.

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Ground broke today on Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library.

The 2-story, 105,200-square-foot building at 2nd Street and McLean Boulevard, just west of downtown and the Arkansas River, will feature conference rooms, a dedicated research pavilion, a digital pavilion and a learning center just for kids.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell told the crowd at Wednesday's event that the community is doing more than just breaking ground on a new library.

The Wichita Public Library Foundation announced a major gift toward its new Advanced Learning Library.

Cox Business has donated $500,000 toward the new facility being built at 2nd and McLean. A cash gift of $250,000 will go toward the library’s Digital Pavilion, and the company will give another $250,000 in high-speed internet services. Foundation chairman Don Barry said during the mayor's briefing Thursday that the Advanced Learning Library capital campaign is now almost 80 percent complete.​

Courtesy Wichita Public Library/GLMV Architects

A state-of-the-art new central library is coming to downtown Wichita.

City Council gave final approval Tuesday for the $37 million dollar project to be built near the corner of 2nd Street and McLean.