Event at the Linda Hall Library
An event held at the Linda Hall Library, one of Kansas City’s
greatest treasures, can only be described as unique. Located in
the center of a fourteen-acre, beautifully landscaped urban arboretum,
the Library is the legacy of Herbert and Linda Hall to the people
of Kansas City and beyond. The Library holds more than a million
volumes of the world’s most significant works in science,
engineering, and technology dating from the fifteenth century.
From a large dinner or reception in the Library’s Main
Reading Room to an intimate dinner for twelve in the Drawing Room,
you and your guests will experience the warmth and elegance of
a truly distinctive location. Tours of the Library, the Rare Book
Room, or the grounds can be part of your memorable event. Experienced
staff is available to advise and help you plan your special event.
Four areas are available for use, each one providing an exceptional
setting for a memorable event:
Main Reading Room
General Notes About the Facility
- The Library has equipment and furniture that can be used
for events including refrigerators near the Main Reading Room
and the Auditorium, folding chairs, rectangular and round tables,
slide projectors, video projector, overhead projectors, screens,
sound systems, CD player, bar height counters, and coffee pots.
- Food may be served in the event areas provided by the
event sponsors or caterers chosen by the sponsor. Caterers need
to make arrangements with library staff prior to the event.
- The Library does not arrange for caterers, rental equipment,
or professional entertainment.
- For the use of library space, staff time, and audiovisual
equipment, a contribution is appreciated.
- You may use
the inquiry form to tentatively schedule an event or, for
more information or to arrange a tour, please contact Paula Volk
by telephone at 816.926.8746 or 800.662.1545, ext. 746, or e-mail
Main Reading Room
The Library’s Main Reading Room is the perfect location
for a lecture, a large reception, dinner, or other event. The
Tazza, one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America,
stands as the focal point in the center of the room. Parquet wood
floors, warm oak paneling and bookshelves, and large windows that
overlook the south lawn provide an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.
The room can accommodate up to 240 people for a lecture, 280 people
for a reception, and approximately 150 people for a dinner. Located
nearby for caterers’ use is a kitchen with a refrigerator,
tables, sink and garbage disposal, and tables. The Main Reading
Room is only available outside of the Library’s regular
hours of operation.
The Auditorium is ideally situated for a business retreat, lecture,
dinner, reception or other event. Guests enter through the doors
of the History of Science Center just a few steps west of the Main Library
and pass through the Drawing Room before entering
the Auditorium. The Auditorium is paneled in warm oak, carpeted,
and has a built-in screen and sound system. French doors open
to the Courtyard while a large bay window offers a view. The room
can be set theater style, with round or rectangular tables, with
few chairs for a reception, or a combination. The Auditorium chairs
are spacious and comfortable. Caterers appreciate the kitchen
that opens into the Auditorium and is equipped with coffee pots,
refrigerator, sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher. The location
of the Auditorium provides a sense of seclusion but is only moments
from the Reference Room. Maximum capacity: 97, depending upon
The elegant Drawing Room cannot be surpassed for an intimate dinner
or reception. The room is decorated with possessions of the Library’s
founders, Herbert and Linda Hall. Dark oak paneling and casework
is from the Hall home as is the travertine marble fireplace displaying
the Hall family crest. Sconces, gilded mirrors, china, and crystal
from the estate accessorize the room. The kitchen next to the
Auditorium is easily accessible for caterers. Capacity: 18-20
Nestled between the Main Building and the Annex Building is a brick courtyard
suitable for small lunches, dinners, receptions, and other events.
The courtyard is landscaped with dwarf conifer beds and a trickling
water display. Access to the courtyard is through the Annex entrance.
A kitchen is nearby for caterers’ use. Food and drink must
be contained within the courtyard. Capacity: Theater style or
reception: 80 comfortably; lunch or dinner: 72 comfortably.