Service Announcement

  • All KCPL locations will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 23rd and will remain closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Clendenin Branch hours are changing for the winter.
  • Pop-Up Library Service will end for the season on Wednesday, November 30th.

Main Library

Remodeled Main Library

Location Details

Location

Address:

123 Capitol Street

Charleston, WV 25301

Directions:

Google Maps

Hours

Mon: 9 am - 8 pm

Tue: 9 am - 8 pm

Wed: 9 am - 8 pm

Thu: 9 am - 8 pm

Fri: 9 am - 5 pm

Sat: 9 am - 5 pm

Sun: CLOSED

*4th floor closes 30 minutes early; 3rd floor closes 15 minutes early

Teen Zone & IDEA Lab Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 12 - 7:30 pm
Fri. - Sat. 12 - 4:30 pm
*3rd Mon. of every month the IDEA Lab is closed for maintenance

Coffee Nook Hours:
Mon. - Fri. 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Drive-Up Window opens at 8:30 AM Mon. - Sat.

External Book Drop by Quarrier Street entrance: Available 24/7

Manager

Erika Connelly

Library Director
Extension
1241

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Picture Book Month Challenge!

All Day 11/1 - 11/30
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Other
Event Details:
November is Picture Book Month, an entire month dedicated to celebrating some of the best children's books of all time. Each KCPL location has set a goal of the number of picture books to be checked out during November. Please help us achieve our goa...

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Photo & Video

We often photograph and videotape library events. These images are used for publicizing KCPL and its programs. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let the photographer or a staff member know.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Kindness Club Food Drive

All Day 11/14 - 12/9
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Other
Event Details:
Help spread kindness by donating nonperishable food items to benefit the Covenant House food pantry. Collection boxes will be located near circulation desks at the Main Library.  Organized by the KCPL Kids' Kindness Club. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Music Monday on The Plaza

11:30am - 1:00pm
Main Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies & Performances
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Enjoy an afternoon of music during Music Mondays at the Main Library, inside the library at Mea Cuppa coffee shop. Thanks to our generous sponsors: Grimm, Kellmeyer, Garlow & Associates Insurance Agency Mani, Ellis & Layne PLLC W...

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Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

Inclement Weather

All programs are subject to rescheduling or cancellation in the event of inclement weather.

Photo & Video

We often photograph and videotape library events. These images are used for publicizing KCPL and its programs. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let the photographer or a staff member know.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Monday Night Book Group

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Main 311A Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussions
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Join us for Monday Night Book Group. This month, we will be discussing The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Books will become available for pick-up at the Main Library on Oct. 24.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

Inclement Weather

All programs are subject to rescheduling or cancellation in the event of inclement weather.

Photo & Video

We often photograph and videotape library events. These images are used for publicizing KCPL and its programs. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let the photographer or a staff member know.

This event is in the "Babies: 0-18 Months" group.

Baby and Me Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Main 406/407 John L. and Maude Dickenson Room
Age Group: Babies: 0-18 Months
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Interactive program with books, songs, tickle rhymes, knees bounces and more! ...
This event is in the "Babies: 0-18 Months" group.

Baby Playgroup

10:30am - 11:00am
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Main 406/407 John L. and Maude Dickenson Room
Age Group: Babies: 0-18 Months
Program Type: Playgroups
Event Details:
Informal playgroup to encourage play and social interaction between parents, caregivers, and babies. ...

Reserve a Room at Main

We have meeting rooms, conference rooms, and quiet study spaces you can reserve online.

Reserve a room now.

Copy, Print & Fax

20 cents per page to print from a PC, make copies, or fax a document. Our fax machine requires a $10 hold via credit or debit card.

Learn more about the Laptop Lending Kiosk at the Main Library.

Notary

Main is providing notary services on the 3rd floor Reference Desk.

Parking

There is meter parking available in the Summer Street Garage as well as street parking. Meters are free after 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 a.m. on weekdays. Find more information on parking here.

Under the building by the Drive-Up Window, accessible via Quarrier Street, are two handicap parking spots that can be used by the public if they have a handicap permit. The other two spots there are designated for library vehicles and presenters only.

Reimagine Your Library

The Kanawha County Public Library is the largest public library system in West Virginia. The Main Library in downtown Charleston and its 9 branch libraries and Mobile Library serve more than 92,000 card holders. All 55 West Virginia counties are represented in the card holder database, although the vast majority of KCPL patrons reside in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

Patron visits to KCPL libraries total more than 337,000 each year, and approximately 750,000 library items circulate in a year’s time. Nearly all of the library’s services are FREE to the public. KCPL’s long-awaited Reimagine Your Library project broke ground in 2020. This $32 million development renovated the downtown library’s existing 60,000 square feet and added 20,000 new square feet of space to the iconic structure.

The renovation of this landmark building features beautifully sculpted glass walls, an enlarged children’s floor, more study rooms and meeting spaces, a new technology center, and a covered walkway attached to the Summer Street Parking Garage. The facelift includes an open, flowing layout that enhances patron access and provides more efficient services for KCPL patrons. Construction was completed in May 2022.

History in the Making

In 1908, the Women’s Kanawha Literary Club appointed a committee to organize support for a public library in Charleston, WV. A year later, these efforts gave birth to the Charleston Public Library, which housed 1,200 volumes in the YMCA building on Capitol and Washington Streets.

Throughout the early years of its existence, the Library relocated to several sites in the city – to the former manse of the First Presbyterian Church on Quarrier Street in 1912, to the basement of the YWCA on Virginia Street in 1913, to a building on McFarland and Kanawha Streets in 1914, and to the Red Cross building on the levee in 1921. The Library finally found its first permanent home in 1926, establishing itself in the old Capitol Annex building on Lee Street.

In 1934, the Library renamed itself the Kanawha County Public Library and expanded service by introducing the Book Truck and Library. New bookmobiles were purchased in 1953 and 1990, and KCPL’s current Mobile Library first hit the road in 2010.

After more than 40 years in the old Capitol Annex, KCPL moved to a new home in 1967 – Charleston’s landmark downtown federal building on Capitol Street. The interior of the former post office and federal courtroom was extensively remodeled for library use and a sculptured fountain was added to the front of the building.

In the early 1960s, KCPL began the development of branch libraries to better serve Kanawha County. The first branch was added in 1963 in St. Albans, where local citizens had started a volunteer library in 1952. Other branches followed: Cross Lanes – 1976; Glasgow – 1976; Dunbar – 1977; Elk Valley – 1977; Sissonville – 1979; and Marmet – 1980. In 1988, the local library in Clendenin was added as a branch library, and the Riverside Public Library, located at Riverside High School, began service in the fall of 1999.

KCPL’s Reimagine Your Library project broke ground in 2020, 53 years after KCPL moved into the Capitol Street location. This $32 million renovation of the Library’s iconic downtown home will add 20,000 square feet of new space and completely renovate the original building. The facelift includes an open, flowing layout, an enlarged children’s floor, more study rooms and meeting spaces, a new technology center, and a covered walkway across Summers street. Construction was completed in May 2022.