The State Library Is “Bookin’ It” Back Into the Capitol

The State Library Is “Bookin’ It” Back Into the Capitol
The State Library’s 202,000 book collection is moving into the newly restored State Library.

Topeka, KS, — The State Library of Kansas will soon be back in the Kansas Statehouse after more than two years’ worth of restorations and special planning. Movers began relocating the collection earlier this week and will be complete in 8 to 10 days.

The 202,000 book collection contains publications over 200 years old and a move of this magnitude requires precise attention to detail and meticulous handling. “It’s really quite remarkable to see a collection of this size and importance in motion,” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Some of these books have been part of our collection since the 1800s. It feels great to get them back home.” The State Library’s collection has been housed off-site since December 2010.

Once the prominent collection is back in place, the State Library staff will follow, migrating from the eight mobile units located outside the Capitol. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to get back in the Statehouse before the 2013 legislative session,” Budler said. When asked how long the State Library services will be unavailable during the transition, Budler replied, “Some requests may take us a little longer but the State Library will remain open and continue to serve the needs of state agencies, legislators, libraries and the public.”

The State Library will be located in the north wing of the Statehouse in room 312-N beginning December 10th. Library hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. For information on the State Library services, visit or call (785) 296-3296.