Building Our Future

Cedar Roe Reopening

Cedar Roe Library will reopen its doors on June 21 at 9 am, after the completion of a critical upgrade to the building's HVAC system, as well as other exciting improvements to enhance your experience.

During its recent closure, Cedar Roe Library received a new HVAC system, new shelving and a new building layout that maximizes natural light and patron convenience, a full inventory and a deep cleaning. We also piloted a curbside holds pickup service that allowed us to serve nearly 2000 patrons during the building's closure. This service will continue to operate after the building reopens.

We anticipate Cedar Roe closing briefly later this Summer for a roofing replacement. Watch jocolibrary.org and @jocolibrary on social media for announcements. Thank you for your patience as we improve our facilities!

Cedar Roe Library reopens today!

We are excited for patrons to return to Cedar Roe Library! You'll find all-new shelving and we've moved a few things around. We think you will really enjoy the new kids area and our relocated reading room. It was no easy task! We removed every book from every shelf. We then removed the old shelves and installed new ones. Want to see a month's worth of work condensed into a 90 second time lapse video?

Join Us in Merriam

Antioch Library is relocating to the Merriam Community Center campus, and we want to hear from you!

The Library is working with Dake Wells Architecture to design the new Library for the future, and to meet the changing needs of the community. Join us for a live input session where you will meet the architects, learn about the project, and ideate about your future library. 

When: Wednesday, July 7 from 6 - 7:30 PM*

Where: Future site of the Library @ Merriam Community Center campus

This open-house-style program will be outside in person. Travel to the Merriam Community Center parking structure, 6040 Slater St, Merriam, KS, and then join the team under the tents on the adjacent green space, the future site of the Library.

*Note: Due to wet site conditions and the chance of rain, this event was rescheduled from June 30.

Learn more about the Antioch Library Replacement project and additional ways of engagement via Library OnDemand. And, follow @jocolibrary on social media for project updates and photos. 

Construction will occur after the design is finalized with completion anticipated in 2023.

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We strive to host inclusive, accessible events and provide information online that enables all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully with Library services. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact us info@jocolibrary.org or 913.826.4600.

Imagine Your New Library

Johnson County Library is excited to have begun the design process for the new Library in Merriam. And it’s time to hear from you!

Tonight, Wednesday, May 19, our first public input session will be held virtually. In this session, you’ll have a chance to meet the architects, become familiar with their community involvement approach, learn about the project, and ideate about your future library.

The current Antioch Library has been a fixture in the Merriam community for over 60 years; staff and patrons alike have many fond memories of the building – some having visited Antioch their entire lives.

The new building will be located just a few blocks away on the campus of the Merriam Community Center. This summer, the design for the replacement Library is being developed with an eye toward the future, ensuring the ability to meet the changing needs of the community.  Construction is anticipated to occur after the design is finalized with completion in 2023.

For more information about the new Library in Merriam, visit the Antioch Library Replacement Project page. Additional public input sessions will be announced on this page and @jocolibrary on social media.

Update: Central Resource Upgrade

As you know, we're making areas of Central Resource Library even better in 2021! Here's a little peek at what's been going on behind the scenes.

During April, crews installed a new boiler and completed MakerSpace improvements. In addition, shoring was installed for new exterior openings, existing precast walls were removed, and new wall framing installed.  Demo work began at the Drive-Thru addition.

We know you may have many questions about what to expect this year, so we’ve put together a Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central, and where to find alternate services. You’ll also find a Fly-Through video rendering of the project.

In addition to its public service staff, Central is home to many departments that support all 14 branches. Once the work at Central is complete, you will feel the positive impact across the Library system!

Photos provided by Construction Manager, Titan Built, LLC.

Imagine Your New Library

Johnson County Library is excited to have begun the design process for the new Library in Merriam. And we want to hear from YOU!

The current Antioch Library has been a fixture in the Merriam community for over 60 years; staff and patrons alike have many fond memories of the building – some having visited Antioch their entire lives.

The new building will be located just a few blocks away on the campus of the Merriam Community Center. This summer we are developing the design for the replacement Library with an eye toward the future, ensuring we are able to meet the changing needs of the community over time. 

The first public input session will be held online Wednesday, May 19, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Additional dates for public input sessions will be announced on jocolibrary.org/AntiochReplacement and @jocolibrary on social media. Construction is anticipated to occur after the design is finalized with completion in 2023.

We are excited to hear how we can continue to serve the community for years to come.

Update: Central Resource Library

As you're probably aware, we are making areas of Central Resource Library even better in 2021! Here's a little peek at what's been going on behind the scenes.

During March, crews completed the interior demolition of the Kids area. In addition, the slab flooring was cut to install footings for new door and window openings and to install underground utilities. Crew members also installed temporary walls where the new addition will connect to the current building.

We know you may have many questions about what to expect this year, so we’ve put together a Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central, and where to find alternate services. You’ll also find a Fly-Through video rendering of the project.

In addition to its public service staff, Central is home to many departments that support all 14 branches. Once the work at Central is complete, you will feel the positive impact across the Library system!

Photos provided by Construction Manager, Titan Built, LLC.

Cedar Roe Library Upgrades

We're improving your Library!

The Cedar Roe Library will be closed April 19 through June 20 to complete a critical upgrade to the building's HVAC system, as well as shelving updates and other exciting improvements to enhance your experience. It will re-open Monday, June 21 at 9 am.

Curbside Holds Pickup service will be available during most of the closure. Watch the Cedar Roe Library location page for updates on the availability of Curbside Holds Pickup. There will be an exterior book return available during the closure.

Our Cedar Roe Library Construction FAQ addresses questions about why this project is happening now, as well as where to find alternate services across our other 13 Johnson County Library locations. We will provide construction updates on our website. You can also follow @jocolibrary on social media to stay up to date with our progress.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our facilities!

"Little Central" Open During Construction

We are making areas of Central Resource Library even better in 2021! After clearing the Library of furniture and equipment on the staff side, "Little Central" was opened on February 15 to give patrons access to some resources and modified services during the building upgrade. Little Central includes services like materials return, holds pickup and self-checkout, access to nine public computers, restrooms, printing/copying/scanning, and community information. 

To create Little Central, the Library was closed for a week while temporary walls were installed to create a public barrier from the noise and construction work. In this first phase of the project, construction crew members installed plastic covering over all the book stacks and existing furniture before beginning demolition of the old staff space. Crew members moved the Kids area stacks and started carpet removal.

We know you probably have many questions about what to expect over the next year, so we’ve put together a Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central, and where to find alternate services.

In addition to its public service staff, Central is home to many departments that support all 14 branches. Once the work at Central is complete, you will feel the positive impact across the Library system!

 

Little Central is Still a Big Deal

Here's a glimpse of Little Central!

We are making areas of Central Resource Library even better in 2021! In addition to its public service staff, Central is home to many departments that support all 14 branches. Once the work at Central is complete, you will feel the positive impact across the Library system.

We know you probably have many questions about what to expect over the next year, so we’ve put together a Construction FAQ that addresses the status of popular services like the Black & Veatch MakerSpace and Genealogy resources, more details about Little Central and where to find alternate services.

Services available at Central during construction include:

  • Holds pick-up and self-check.
  • Materials return inside the building (for exterior book drops, we recommend patrons use a nearby location such as Oak Park, Leawood, or Corinth).
  • Nine public PCs
  • Public printing / copying / scanning
  • Access to public restrooms
  • Community information, including tax forms