Jannes Library

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Jannes Library Hours

Fall Semester: August 31 – December 17
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday closed
Sunday 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, December 18, 8 a.m. – noon.
Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, January 3, 2021, closed.

January 4 – January 24, 2021
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday closed.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday, Monday, January 18: Closed


Safety Considerations During the Pandemic:
Jannes Library is open to KCAI students, faculty and staff.  Due to the pandemic we are not able to serve the public.  Only KCAI ID card holders will be admitted to the building; swipe your ID card at the front door to enter.  Masks are required at all times inside of the building.  Occupancy levels are severely restricted to allow for safe distancing.  Library staff will collect library users’ contact information and track dates and times when present in Jannes.
The library book stacks are closed.  See TIPS below for more information on checking out books.
Library Services:
Jannes Library staff members are available to assist KCAI students, faculty, and staff members with your information needs.  We want to help.  We are staying in touch via email, Google Meet, and online Chat (for Chat, see below, this page).  Expect a prompt reply within the open hours listed above.
Jannes Library book stacks are closed.  To request to borrow books, browse our catalog then please submit your requests, including book title and call number, to library@kcai.edu, and a staff member will be in touch to arrange for checking out the requested items.
Mobius lending and borrowing partially resumes on Monday, August 3.  Many libraries in the consortium have not yet reopened and are not lending.  You can search the Mobius catalog and place requests using the usual process.  If the owning library for that item is not lending, you will see a message that your request cannot be filled.
The book return bin behind Jannes Library is open at all times: place your returns in our outdoor receptacle, and there is no need to enter the library.

Contact Us

Need to get in touch? Email us at library@kcai.edu or call us at 816-802-3390.

Library Staff

M.J. Poehler, director of library, mpoehler@kcai.edu or 816-802-3393
Lora Farrell, cataloging and digital services librarian, lfarrell@kcai.edu or 816-802-3394
Megan Channell, circulation coordinator, mchannell@kcai.edu or 816-802-3391
Elizabeth Davis, visual and archival resources specialist, ejdavis@kcai.edu or 816-802-3395

Students are welcome to schedule an appointment for an individual research session with the librarians: M.J. Poehler or Lora Farrell.



KCAI’s Archives are located in the basement of Jannes Library. Materials in the Archives document the history of the Kansas City Art Institute from 1885 to the present time. The Archives include KCAI publications, exhibition files, pamphlets, posters, maps, photographs, audiotapes, films, and scrapbooks. We do not have art in the archive. Our subjects include (but are not limited to) the KCAI campus and its buildings, KCAI faculty, and art exhibitions and other special events occurring throughout KCAI’s history. An appointment is required in order to view archives materials. To schedule an appointment or for assistance with Archives queries contact Elizabeth Davis via email at archives@kcai.edu or by phone at 816-802-3395.

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