The Kanawha County Public Library system is the largest public library system in West Virginia. We offer free programs and services for people of all ages, from birth to senior citizens. KCPL envisions itself as "the people's premier source of information in a community where learning and reading are revered and being well informed is valued". Our patrons include cardholders from all 55 counties in West Virginia which opens a doorway to a world of learning through print books, DVDs, eBooks, electronic resources, free programming and much more. Visit us today!
We envision the Kanawha County Public Library as the people’s premier source of information in a community where learning and reading are revered and being well informed is valued.
The Kanawha County Public Library is the largest public library system in West Virginia. We have nearly 100,000 card holders, and while the vast majority of our library system patrons are from Kanawha and Putnam Counties, residents from all 55 West Virginia counties are represented in the cardholder database.
There are more than 600,000 items in the library collection; approximately 300,000 of those are housed at the Main Library with the remainder distributed among our 9 branch libraries and Mobile Library.
Patron visits to all libraries in the system total nearly 750,000 per year, and approximately 1 million library items circulate in a year’s time.
Almost 100 percent of the library’s services are FREE to the public.
Computers and Wi-Fi - Use one of our public access computers or bring your own and sign onto our free wi-fi, available at all KCPL locations.
Printing and Copying - All KCPL locations are equipped with printers and copiers.
Mobile Library - In the tradition of our original Bookmobile, today’s Mobile Library offers many of the same services and materials as our branch locations.
Services for Teachers and Homeschoolers - Contact your location for educator resources (preschool storytime kits, teacher collections and other materials for classroom use). Learn More ≈
Reference Services - Have a question that needs answering? Our librarians are here to help in person, by phone, or online. Call us, today: 304-343-4646. Learn More ≈
Credit & Debit Card Payments - It is now possible to pay KCPL library fees with your credit or debit card, either online (through the library catalog) or in person at the Main Library in Charleston, the Cross Lanes Branch Library and the St. Albans Branch Library. More Info ≈
Public Meeting Rooms - Most Kanawha County Public Library locations have meeting rooms available for use by individuals and organizations. Learn More ≈
Interlibrary Loans - If you are unable to find a specific book or article in the KCPL catalog, you may request an interlibrary loan. Learn More ≈
Group Tours & Class Visits - Contact your location about group tours and class visits. Tours can include special programs or personalized instruction. Learn More ≈
ADA & Accessibility - We strive to make our services, facilities, and programs accessible for everyone, including for those who have disabilities. Learn More ≈