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The Library needs your help to better serve you and create the best Library experience possible for you and your family. What kind of library services do you want to see for yourself, your family, and your neighborhood? Help us imagine the future »

The Library needs your help to better serve you and create the best Library experience possible for you and your family. What kind of library services do you want to see for yourself, your family, and your neighborhood? Help us imagine the future »

  • When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.
    When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior. When visitors enter the Monticello Library on opening day they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.
  • Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library.
    Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library. Brilliant carpeting and wall coverings, in complementary and contrasting color compositions, are featured throughout the Monticello Library.
  • The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces.
    The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces. The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces.

Multicolor Monticello

Monticello Library is the newest facility in the Johnson County Library family. Its striking silhouette and bold site placement have already made it a western Shawnee landmark. When visitors enter the building on opening day – Sunday, August 5, 2018 if you hadn’t heard – they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.

The Monticello exterior features black brick, white-painted metal and dark grey concrete surfaces. These could almost be called austere excepting the vigorous angles of the library’s two stories and the elegant floor-to-ceiling windows of the north and east facades. The handsome external textures and shadowy tones offer a tease and surprising contrast to the bright interior visual adventure.

The building's interior surfaces and textures are inspired by natural forms and colors composed to subtly define different Library spaces. Brilliant ‘high test’ carpeting is installed on both levels, in complementary and contrasting color compositions. Some walls in the roomy Kids areas feature woven acoustical wallcoverings. This makes them especially durable for the many Kids programs we’ll be offering, and useful for the easy display of drawings and posters often seen in our branches.

The richly hued floors lend their palette to feature walls in public areas and meeting rooms throughout the building. These occasionally are framed by subtle wood and brushed laminate textures. Restrooms upstairs and down feature entries and interior walls of shiny, generously proportioned primary-colored tiles set in white or grey mortar. Their vivid grids boldly contrast the planes of walls, ceilings and windows across the Library.

We are eager to welcome you to the new Monticello Library when we open, so you can experience this rewarding aesthetic tour de force yourself!

Monticello Library is the newest facility in the Johnson County Library family. Its striking silhouette and bold site placement have already made it a western Shawnee landmark. When visitors enter the building on opening day – Sunday, August 5, 2018 if you hadn’t heard – they’ll find a colorful interior as dynamic and engaging as the exterior.

The Monticello exterior features black brick, white-painted metal and dark grey concrete surfaces. These could almost be called austere excepting the vigorous angles of the library’s two stories and the elegant floor-to-ceiling windows of the north and east facades. The handsome external textures and shadowy tones offer a tease and surprising contrast to the bright interior visual adventure... Continue »

  • The glass-heavy design makes the new Library look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside
    The glass-heavy design makes the new Library look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside, encouraging more people to use it. The glass-heavy design makes the new Library look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside
  • The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.
    The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.  The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.
  • The two-story Monticello Library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides.
    The two-story Monticello Library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides. The two-story Monticello Library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides.
  • Visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes.
    Visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes. Visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes.
The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors.

Natural Lighting is Key to Design

The last time Johnson County built a new library was in 1994, 24 years ago. And a lot has changed since then. Don’t expect to find your father’s library at our newest location.

This summer, visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes. The two-story library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides, a modern look designed to not only let in lots of natural light, but also to attract attention from those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Matt Glawatz, an architect with The Clark Enersen Partners – the firm who designed the new library, said the glass-heavy design makes the building look vibrant and will show all the activities going on inside, encouraging more people to use it.

“Libraries are very much about information and making sure information is relevant and current and thinking about what’s next, looking to the future,” Glawatz said. “I think the way the building expresses itself aligns with that notion of looking to the future.”

The interior design takes advantage of the flood of natural light, creating an inviting and comfortable space for visitors. Together with advanced technology, the open floor plan incorporates flexible spaces, raised floors and other design strategies so it can adapt to future uses and public needs in the coming decades.

And while the glass walls enable patrons to connect visually to the exterior landscape, a patio area on the second-floor offers an invitation to step out and enjoy the outdoors– with a book, or while enjoying the Library’s free wireless access.

The last time Johnson County built a new library was in 1994, 24 years ago. And a lot has changed since then. Don’t expect to find your father’s library at our newest location.

This summer, visitors to the new Monticello Library will see a 30,467 square foot building with lots of glass walls and timeless finishes. The two-story library features floor-to-ceiling glass along three of its four sides, a modern look designed to not only let in lots of natural light, but also to attract attention from those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Matt Glawatz, an architect with The Clark Enersen Partners – the firm who designed the new library, said the glass-heavy... Continue »

Monticello Opens

Monticello Opening

Monticello Library to Open Sunday, August 5, 2018!

Long-awaited branch inaugurates services in Western Shawnee!

The new Monticello Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their April board meeting. The August 5 event will be low-key, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. “We know how eager our residents are to get into this beautiful facility,” she says, “so we are inaugurating services quickly, and people can start using their new Library right away.” The doors will open promptly at 1 pm. Activities will include tours of the new building conducted by Library staff and opportunity to meet artists who’ve created new works of public art to be installed at the site. The afternoon event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours, making Monticello the fifth library in the County open on Sundays.

Monticello Library to Open Sunday, August 5, 2018!

Long-awaited branch inaugurates services in Western Shawnee!

The new Monticello Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their April board meeting. The August 5 event will be low-key, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. “We know how eager our residents are to get into this beautiful facility,” she says, “so we are inaugurating services quickly, and people can start using their new Library right away.” The doors will open promptly at 1 pm. Activities will include tours of the new building conducted by Library staff and opportunity to meet artists who’ve created... Continue »

  • Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library
    Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library Closeup of raised flooring installed in Monticello Library
  • The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab.
    The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab. The raised floor provides an elevated structural floor above the slab.
  • Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services.
    Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. Raised floors allow for the passage of mechanical and electrical services.
  • The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration.
    The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration. The raised floors allow for flexibility and quick reconfiguration.

Designed with Flexibility in Mind

Monticello Library is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time. We’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs.

As renderings show, there are few permanent interior walls in the Monticello Library. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. These are a staple in many factories and laboratories.

A raised floor, also raised flooring, access flooring or raised access computer floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate like a concrete slab to create a hidden space about 8” tall for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. They make it easy to route power and communication cables wherever they are needed, and permit quick reconfiguration of service areas and departments.

Here are some images of the floors being installed in public and staff areas at Monticello. If you feel taller when you go to Monticello Library, just think: you are!

Monticello Library is designed to be as flexible as possible. We know that our community’s library service needs change over time. We’re eager to help Library buildings adapt to properly meet those needs.

As renderings show, there are few permanent interior walls in the Monticello Library. To add to all that open space, we’ve taken the additional step of installing raised floors throughout the building. These are a staple in many factories and laboratories.

A raised floor, also raised flooring, access flooring or raised access computer floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate like a concrete slab to create a hidden space about 8” tall... Continue »

Lenexa City Center signage

Signs of Progress

While we’re building the Lenexa City Center Library, Construction Manager Turner Construction Company has arranged for a barrier wall facing the popular Public Market and City Hall. The Library designed the images to reflect our patrons, services and programs, along with a rendering of the completed library building. In total, it’s more than 250 feet of Library imagery! The signs were fabricated and installed by Lawrence, KS-based Star Signs. You can also see their handiwork at the Central and Oak Park Libraries. Read more news about our new building projects »

While we’re building the Lenexa City Center Library, Construction Manager Turner Construction Company has arranged for a barrier wall facing the popular Public Market and City Hall. The Library designed the images to reflect our patrons, services and programs, along with a rendering of the completed library building. In total, it’s more than 250 feet of Library imagery! The signs were fabricated and installed by Lawrence, KS-based Star Signs. You can also see their handiwork at the Central and Oak Park Libraries. Read more news about our new building projects »

Lacie and Michelle

I Like It Better Over There

When Monticello Library opens later this year, it will house a circulating collection of almost 100,000 items: books, CDs and DVDs. There are also shelves for Holds, Periodicals and Newspapers. That’s a lot of shelves,  at least 1900 linear feet at last count.

Our resident specialists in shelf capacity and location are Michelle Olsen, Circulation Manager, and Lacie Griffin, Collection Development Manager. As part of the building design and construction process, they’ve logged hundreds of hours poring over layouts, blueprints, floorplans and diagrams to maximize our shelf locations to make as much material as possible available to patrons of our newest branch.

As you may well understand, they like to get it right the first time. A “range” of shelves is made of 7 shelving units side-by-side and back-to-back. Each unit contains 5 shelves and is 64” tall x 36” wide x 12” deep. SO: each 21-foot long range contains 70 shelves, and at an estimated 100 pounds per shelf, that’s almost 4 tons of books! It takes a lot to get them moved, so you can see why we do so much planning!

When Monticello Library opens later this year, it will house a circulating collection of almost 100,000 items: books, CDs and DVDs. There are also shelves for Holds, Periodicals and Newspapers. That’s a lot of shelves,  at least 1900 linear feet at last count.

Our resident specialists in shelf capacity and location are Michelle Olsen, Circulation Manager, and Lacie Griffin, Collection Development Manager. As part of the building design and construction process, they’ve logged hundreds of hours poring over layouts, blueprints, floorplans and diagrams to maximize our shelf locations to make as much material as possible available to patrons of our newest branch.

As you may well understand, they like to get it right the first... Continue »

Monticello sorter

Library Robots!

Ok, well, we don't quite have robot helpers, yet. But we have next best thing at some of our branches: automated sorting! The Library circulates around 7 million items per year. When you place a hold to pick up at a conveniently located branch, we work to get it there as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to our friendly staff, we’re using technology to improve our work. Coming soon to Corinth, Antioch, Monticello and Lenexa City Center: automated sorting! The image here illustrates the kind of sorter we’ll be installing.This helps materials get checked in and routed to you faster. You can watch automated sorting at work already at Central, Blue Valley and Leawood. 

Ok, well, we don't quite have robot helpers, yet. But we have next best thing at some of our branches: automated sorting! The Library circulates around 7 million items per year. When you place a hold to pick up at a conveniently located branch, we work to get it there as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to our friendly staff, we’re using technology to improve our work. Coming soon to Corinth, Antioch, Monticello and Lenexa City Center: automated sorting! The image here illustrates the kind of sorter we’ll be installing.This helps materials get checked in and routed to you faster. You can watch automated sorting at work already at Central, Blue Valley and Leawood. 

Monticello Library

Comprehensive Library Master Plan Update: Spring 2018

Monticello Library @ 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee (pictured here)

  • Opening: planned 3rd quarter 2018
  • Total project cost: $18.1 million
  • Monticello Library “sealed the envelope,” as they say in the construction trade, as winter set in. Once the exterior of the building is closed up, work begins in earnest to finish the interiors and to make the building systems operational while librarians are assembling the collection. By spring 2018, the building’s interior surfaces will be the bright, modern colors and textures seen in the Monticello fly-through video.

Lenexa City Center Library @ 8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa

  • Opening: planned mid-2019
  • Total project cost: $21.1 million
  • The Board of County Commissioners and the Library’s Board of Directors broke ground for Lenexa City Center Library on Nov. 28, 2017. This stunning new facility comprises approximately 40,000 square feet on two levels. This will double the size and replace the existing Lackman Library. The dynamic open floor plan at Lenexa City Center Library will permit rearrangement when needed, as the Library’s service population grows and changes.

Blue Valley Library @ 9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park

  • Schedule and project budget in process
  • The September 2017 Blue Valley Library public input process received responses from more than 2,000 residents. Neighbors and Library users offered their views on placement of the Library on the site, number of stories and various parking solutions. The input received is informing the ongoing Library and City of Overland Park study for this important Library project scheduled for 2022.

Monticello Library @ 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee (pictured here)

  • Opening: planned 3rd quarter 2018
  • Total project cost: $18.1 million
  • Monticello Library “sealed the envelope,” as they say in the construction trade, as winter set in. Once the exterior of the building is closed up, work begins in earnest to finish the interiors and to make the building systems operational while librarians are assembling the collection. By spring 2018, the building’s interior surfaces will be the bright, modern colors and textures seen in the Monticello fly-through video.

Lenexa City Center Library @ 8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa

Breaking Ground at Lenexa

Breaking Ground at Lenexa City Center Library

At 8:15am on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, County officials gathered to break bread – er, donuts – and ground at the site of the forthcoming Lenexa City Center Library. Construction of the branch is at preliminary stages: permits are being pulled, equipment and trailers are being moved into place. It might not look like much, or, well, anything now, but Lenexa’s 40,000 square feet on two stories will double the size of and replace our current Lackman Library. Opening is expected mid-to-late 2019.

At 8:15am on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, County officials gathered to break bread – er, donuts – and ground at the site of the forthcoming Lenexa City Center Library. Construction of the branch is at preliminary stages: permits are being pulled, equipment and trailers are being moved into place. It might not look like much, or, well, anything now, but Lenexa’s 40,000 square feet on two stories will double the size of and replace our current Lackman Library. Opening is expected mid-to-late 2019.

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