The KC Public Library is expanding operating hours at most of its branches

Many a time have I arrived at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library on a Sunday and sighed, having forgotten the narrow hours it keeps on the weekends.

So I was very pleased yesterday to receive notification that the library is extending hours at most of its branches starting September 6. That includes the Plaza branch, which will now be open for five extra hours on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Full list of new hours:

Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier Saturday)
  • Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closing two hours later)
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier)
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening two hours earlier)

North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Rd.

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier Saturday)
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening two hours earlier)

Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (opening one hour earlier)
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (opening two hours earlier, closing three hours later)

I.H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier)
  • Sunday: Closed

Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Pkwy.

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closing two hours later Friday)
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier)
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening two hours earlier)

Sugar Creek Branch, 102 S. Sterling, Sugar Creek

  • Monday – Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 1-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Trails West Branch, 11401 E. 23rd St., Independence

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier Saturday)
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening two hours earlier)

Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier)
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening two hours earlier)

Westport Branch, 118 Westport Rd.

  • Monday – Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (opening one hour earlier)
  • Sunday: Closed