The Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri, is an architectural example of the offbeat spirit of the city’s residents and leaders of the public library system. In the heart of the city, the building is adjacent to a large central parking garage. Unlike common urban landscapes, which want car parks to tend to stain the environment, this one has a certain cachet: it looks like a library shelf, with 22 titles chosen from the suggestions of city dwellers to illustrate the diversity of reading subjects. Built in 2004, this building also hides a splendid interior inherited from an old bank from the early 20th century.