Kansas City, Missouri: Entire City Block of Giant Books

22 book spines, 25 feet high, held in place by two glass elevator bookends. It's a parking garage; the library is next door. Stop by and see if you agree with the selected titles.

Kansas City Public Library: Special Collections

Address:
112 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO
Directions:
Kansas City Public Library: Special Collections. North side of W. 10th St., between Wyandotte St. and Baltimore Ave.
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Entire City Block Of Books

Having stopped here in early summer I was kind of disappointed to see almost nothing -- whoever did the landscape design should have considered some low shrubs rather than dense trees that obscure about 70% of the spines. It is a really cool building and nicely conceived, I just wish I could actually have appreciated a little more of it.

Go in winter if you want to see anything!

[Laura Kicey, 06/10/2014]
Library books. Kansas City Library Books

The side of the Kansas City Missouri library parking garage are library books down the entire side of the building.

[Jennifer Joffe, 02/13/2011]
Giant books. Big Books, Library Parking Garage

Since 2005, library patrons and others have been able to park in a more literary manner in Kansas City. That's because the library constructed a 485-space parking facility that is the World's Biggest Bookshelf, holding 22 books that are 25-feet high held in place by two glass elevator bookends.

The unique project adds a whimsical break from the usual cityscape that takes up the entire block. The titles that were chosen to grace the faade were submitted by Kansas City citizens and then reviewed and approved by the library Board of Trustees. Adjacent to the entry stairs are precast concrete books stacked along the edges.

[Phil Pasquini, 06/10/2009]

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