MidContinent Public Library Open for Research

MidContinent Public Library Open for Research

The new Midwest Genealogy Center—one of the country's largest public library genealogy collections—is now open in Independence, Mo. (just outside Kansas City). Genealogists were deep into research within minutes of the June 21 ribbon cutting, the beginning of a daylong celebration featuring historical re-enactors, musicians and genealogy classes. At 52...

The new Midwest Genealogy Center—one of the country’s largest public library genealogy collections—is now open in Independence, Mo. (just outside Kansas City).

Genealogists were deep into research within minutes of the June 21 ribbon cutting, the beginning of a daylong celebration featuring historical re-enactors, musicians and genealogy classes.

At 52,000 square feet, the new center is four times the size of its predecessor, the Mid-Continent Public Library Genealogy and Local History Branch. (The marked difference in the two facilities stands out in our May video tour.)

The space allows plenty of room for resources including a circulating collection, almost completely open stacks, microfilm reader-printers, self-digitization stations, classrooms and research consultation rooms.

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