Monticello Library opens on Aug. 5

Monticello Library opens on Aug. 5

Monticello Library opens for public service on Aug. 5

A brand new Library is opening in Johnson County, and you’re invited to check it out.

The Monticello Library stands elegantly at 22435 W. 66th Street in Shawnee, KS and is the first new library location in the County since 1994. Design for Monticello Library benefitted from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for Library services in the 21st century.

The new building is open for business Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. All regular library services will be available for patrons to start using at that time.

“A 21st century library provides so many opportunities to learn and discover,” says Johnson County’s County Librarian, Sean Casserley. “If you go to any of our locations you will see vibrant, curious and engaged patrons reading and working. The Monticello Library continues that vision by providing space for early childhood development and space for people to study and meet.”

“Reading is still the best way to understand the world and the human condition,” Casserley continues. “It is one of the few introspective activities that allows you to be alone with your thoughts, and it has the benefit of immunizing your mind from the noise of others.”

The Clark Enersen Partners of Lincoln, NE are the project architects, and local firm McCownGordon Construction helped bring the building to life. The two-story, 33,000+ square foot building features floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed to let in lots of natural light and to be stylishly visible to those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway. Total project cost is $18.1 million.

The Library and County identified a site in 2010, and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System made a generous donation of adjoining land to provide adequate parking.

The first-floor features a dramatic central stair, self-checkout stations, new books and materials as well as a large area for children’s materials and programming. There is lots of cozy seating available along the windows, private study rooms, an area for DVDs, magazines and other media and a large meeting room to seat up to 100 people.

The second-floor hosts adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, public computers including Mac workstations, two smaller public meeting rooms and three additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a terrace with ample seating.

The interior incorporates flexible spaces and design strategies so it can adapt to future uses and public needs in the coming decades without needing to physically expand.