As the State Capital and home to a four-year university, the Topeka/Shawnee County area is fortunate to have many libraries for students, researchers and those who read for pleasure. Libraries include:
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Over 560,000 items which include approximately 9,000 peridical volumes, 5,000 microfilm bibliographic and 7,500 microfilm reels. Collection includes appropriate subject areas for adults and youth. Topeka Room has local history and authors.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9:00 p.m.
Address: 1515 SW Tenth Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66604
Family History Center
(Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Hours: noon - 4:00 p.m., Monday; 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday; noon - 4:00 p.m., Saturday
Street Address: 2401 SW Kingsrow Dr., Topeka, Kansas 66614
Mail Address: 4125 NW Green Hills Road, Topeka, Kansas 66618
Collection: FamilySearch, a computerized database, contains genealogical information on over 200 milion individuals, family groups and major genealogical indexes and catalogs.
Kansas Department of Transportation Library
Library with materials pertaining to highway construction, transportation research, and government as it is related to transportation.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Address: 700 SW Harrison Street, Topeka, Kansas 66603
Kansas State Historical Society Center for Historical Research
Over 130,000 books; 215 pamphlets; 25,000 periodicals. On Kansas, local history, genealogy, Native Americans, the West, Civil War, Kansas state documents and U.S. documents.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Address: 6425 SW Sixth Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66615
Kansas State Library
Collection: 150,000 books and 250 current periodical titles in political science and public administration. Special collections of Kansas legislative materials, federal documents, and census publications.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address: State Capitol Building, 3rd Floor
300 SW 10, Room 343-N
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Note: The State Library is currently being remodeled. Please call for directions and information.
Kansas Supreme Court Law Library
185,000 books and 600 periodical titles. Includes statutory and case law for all 50 states, England, Canada, Australia and the U.S.; treatises on various legal subjects; some Federal documents; briefs of Kansas appellate level cases.
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address: 301 SW Tenth Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66612
St. Francis Health Center Library of Health Resources
Current books and periodicals in medicine, nursing, and allied health areas. An audio-visual collection also is available.
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address: 1700 SW Seventh Street, Topeka, Kansas 66606
Stormont-Vail HealthCare Stauffer Health Sciences Library
3,000 books, online and print journal subscriptions and reference material in the areas of medicine, nursing and allied health.
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Mailing Address: 1500 SW Tenth Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66604
Location Address: 1505 SW Eighth Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66604 (Pozez Education Center, lower level)
Topeka Genealogical Society Library
6,000 books and 700 periodical titles, Computer assisted searches are available.
Primarily a membership based library.
Hours: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday Friday, and Saturday
Address: 2717 SE Indiana Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66605
Topeka Public Schools-Media Services Office
& District Media Center
A collection of books and periodicals dealing with all aspects of education and library science.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., weekdays
Address: 125 SE 27, Topeka, Kansas 66605
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Colmery-O'Neil
Over 5,000 books and 349 (135 active) periodical titles in dentistry, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social work and surgery.
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address: 2200 SW Gage Boulevard, Topeka, Kansas 66614
Washburn University-Law Library
Over 379,000 volumes and volume equivalents, including 91,000 titles and over 4,000 periodical subscriptions and over 20,000 microfiche equivalents in law and related areas.
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday; 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Friday; 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday; noon-5:00 p.m., Sunday. Summer hours: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Monday- Thursday; 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday; noon - 5:00 p.m., Sunday.
Address: Washburn School of Law, SW 17 and College, Topeka, Kansas 66621 (The Law School is located at the corner of SW 17th and MacVicar.)
Washburn Library - Mabee Library
Over 330,000 books, over 1600 periodical subscriptions, and over 80 databases. Major collection emphasis is on support of the university's curriculum.
Hours: 7:45 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday; 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday; 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday; 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday hours are subject to change in summer and when school is not in session.
Address: SW 17th and College, Topeka, Kansas 66621