Foundation Stories

Monticello Library Opens!

The Monticello Library at 22435 W. 66th Street in Shawnee, is the first new library location in Johnson County since 1994. The new building opened for business August 5 – and we invite you to check it out!

Design for Monticello Library benefited from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for Library services in the 21st century.  The two-story, 30,000+ 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.

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 building’s interior incorporates flexible spaces and design strategies so it can adapt to future uses and public needs without requiring physical expansion. There are a number of study rooms and meeting spaces, Mac and PC computer stations, and lots of cozy seating throughout to enjoy the collection. View a PDF of the Monticello Library floor plan tour 

The Foundation is proud to support Monticello Library and extends a heartfelt thank-you to all of our supporters who have contributed financial, in-kind, and volunteer assistance to help open the doors on this newest addition to the JCL system.

A special shout out to the Timken Foundation, which funded the Burgeon unit in the Kids’ 6×6 activity center. This interactive display engages preschoolers and their caregivers in exploring 6 early literacy skills by the age of 6.

Be sure to check out all the great features and offerings at Monticello Library. And, as always, help us to continue to support the great programming and collections at all of the JCL locations.

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During this difficult time in our community, the Johnson County Library Foundation is as committed as ever to supporting our partners at Johnson County Library. You can follow progress and get updates on the Library’s COVID-19 responses here.