The Kansas City Public Library

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Hours & Location

3050 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64128
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM


The Health & Wellness Center is the newest enhancement to the recently renovated Lucile H. Bluford Branch of The Kansas City Public Library and was created in partnership with Truman Medical Centers and the Health Sciences Institute of Metropolitan Community Colleges – Penn Valley to respond more effectively to consumer needs. It is intended to significantly upgrade the accessibility to health, nutrition and wellness information through consolidated collections of educational materials, online information through a specialized digital portal, and extensive regular programming.

“Many of our fellow citizens still face challenges when it comes to obtaining the quality health and wellness information they need to make knowledgeable choices,” notes Crosby Kemper III, the Library’s director and chief executive officer. “This is particularly the case when it comes to such conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. By promoting understanding about these threats to good health and ways to address them, the Health and Wellness Center at our Lucile H. Bluford Branch has the potential to positively influence the physical well-being, livelihood, and longevity of a population challenged by multiple risk factors.”

In this portal, you are connected to online health and wellness data featuring extensive information on such health conditions as high blood pressure, sickle cell disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and HIV/AIDS.

“This is the right thing to do, the right time to do it, and the right partnership to make it happen,” says John W. Bluford III, president and chief executive officer of the Truman Medical Centers. “We are very pleased to cooperate with the Kansas City Public Library and Penn Valley to deliver this enhanced accessibility of health and wellness information to the general public.”

The Health & Wellness Center at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch is a partnership between The Kansas City Public Library, Truman Medical Centers, and the Health Sciences Institute of Metropolitan Community Colleges - Penn Valley. Funding for the project was made possible in part by a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.