New Woodneath Branch Library

Posted By bsapp – Mar 31 | 2011

The Woodneath Branch Library will be the newest addition to the Mid-Continent Library District’s collection of library facilities that cover the surrounding metropolitan areas of Kansas City spanning three counties. The new 35,000 square foot “destination” library will partially encompass the existing historic Elbridge Arnold “Woodneath” Homestead located at 8900 NE Flintlock Road in Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri. The original homestead, which is currently situated on a 33 acre site, was constructed circa 1855-1856 and is recorded with the local and federal historic registers.
The new library will include many amenities such as public meeting areas, an automated collection sorting system, a drive thru window, considerable computer resources, private study areas, and an area dedicated to food service. The collection areas will be divided into spaces that serve appropriate age groups with the individual areas separated by seating and reading areas. The children’s library will be themed in an agricultural setting to pay homage to the rich history of the homestead’s past. The new facility will be constructed using high efficiency mechanical and lighting systems along with a high performance building envelope and will strive to achieve a LEED Silver Certification.
SDA is currently in the design development phase, working hand in hand with MCPL thru the city of Kansas City MO planning process, of which the project recently received its Certificate of Appropriateness from the KCMO Landmarks Commission. This was a huge step in the process and we’re excited to have attained this accomplishment. Stay tuned for further updates as we continue to develop this exciting project!