Topeka State librarians are marking 154 years of providing resources to Kansans with events at the Statehouse.
The Kansas Territorial Library was established in 1855, before statehood, becoming the Kansas State Library in 1863 when legislators appropriated $2,000 for its creation.
Originally the library contained both general and law collections and was housed in the office of the state auditor, who acted as librarian. The library moved in 1900 to its present location in the north wing of the Statehouse.
Today, cake will be served to visitors in the Statehouse to mark the library’s birthday.