Library Usage

Who may borrow

All libraries that are members of the Northeast Kansas Library System have agreed to allow anyone within this area to use their libraries without charge. The Director and other adult staff members may also allow persons from outside the Northeast Kansas area to borrow materials if the circumstances seem appropriate. For example, someone who visits relatives frequently in this area, or someone who is employed in this area but does not live here.

Any of the above persons are entitled to a free library card by completing a written application form.

You should always have his/her library card when checking out materials. If it is not present, other ID may be requested.

The first time you use your library card, you may check out a limit of two (2) items from the library. Upon their satisfactory return, you then have the privilege of checking out up to ten (10 ) items at any one time.

Length of Loan Period

Most Books — 2 weeks
Magazines — 2 weeks. Current issues may not be checked out, and all issues of some titles may not be checked out, but used only in the library.
Audios — 2 weeks.
Videos — 2 weeks.
Reference Books — Most are non circulating; a few may be checked out for 3 days or 1 week. This information should appear inside the front cover of the book.
Newspapers — May not be checked out
Interlibrary Loan Materials — Depends on the lending library (usually 3 weeks)

Fees for Overdue Materials

Interlibrary loan — 25 cents per day
Videos — 10 cents per day
Books — 10 cents per day
Magazines — 10 cents per day
Audios — 10 cents per day

Fees are subject to change over time as deemed necessary by the staff and Library Board.


Movies and video games may not be renewed. Books and audiobooks may be renewed twice if they have not been requested by another patron. Books and audiobooks may not be renewed more than twice or if they are 14 or more days overdue.

Books and other materials with a waiting list may not be renewed, but the patron may ask for their name to be put back on the waiting list.

Some interlibrary loan material can be renewed. Patrons should let the librarians know several days in advance of the due date if they will need a renewal.


You may reserve any circulating material. Staff will call to notify you when that material is available. Upon notification, you will be told whether the material should be picked up within 3 days or 1 week. If reserved material is not picked up within the time frame given it, will be offered to the next person on the reserve list or will be returned to the shelf, and your name will be removed from the reserve list.

If a staff member feels that the patron may not have received the original message, they may give a second call. If there is a waiting list, the material must then be picked up the very next day.