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Phase 1 of library reopening

We have developed a plan for a phased reopening of the library after much work and thought about how to proceed, based on a variety of webinars and online state or national meetings on the subject.  These plans were developed before Governor Kelly laid out her phases, so please note that although the library’s plan and the governor’s plan coincidentally both have four phases, the phases are not related.

Please keep in mind that for now, we can only supply materials from our library, not borrowed from another library.  Courier service may resume later this month, but even when it does it may be spotty about which libraries are open and able to fill interlibrary loan requests.

We are now in Phase 1.  The library doors remain closed, but we will are offering curbside service.  For details about that, see the post further down this page.  Beyond curbside service, staff will be available by telephone to help, and the book drop is open.  Story times will continue weekly on Zoom, and there may be other virtual programs as well.

There is no set date for moving into Phase 2.  Several things will control when that happens.   One is a sustained decline in state COVID-19 cases or deaths.  We also need to complete preparations for the next phase, which includes making sure we have an adequate supply of cleaning and other supplies, having barriers (sneezeguards) installed at the circulation desk, and making some changes in how some areas are laid out.

We’ll have more information on Phase 2 when we are ready to move into that phase, but it will include continuing curbside delivery while also allowing people into the building if they are wearing masks.  We will have some computers available as well.

You can call us during these hours:

Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Happy April! Are you staying safe?

Hey everyone. It’s April. It’s Spring.

We know this is a tough time out there but we want to know, are you staying safe?

Are you taking advantage of what the Kansas State Library has to offer? You can check out digital and audiobooks and much other information is available on the site.
All you need is your Kansas State Library card. If you don’t have one, just let us know and we can fix you up.
We want you to be able to still get your reading or study materials during this time.
And remember, Hoopla is also available to you as well.

Keep reading and keep staying safe.
Respect the 6.
We’ll see you soon!


Have you checked out the Kansas State Library site?

FYI: if you are interested in obtaining a Kansas State Library Card, we can help you with that!
Just call us during the 8:30 to 10:30 times or email us at and we can get you set up with one. Include your First name, middle initial and last name and your birth date.
We will get you set up and reply to your email with your pin needed.
The Kansas State Library has so much to offer you. Not just during this difficult time but ALL the time!
You should definitely visit the site and look around at all there is available. For young and old. Students, non-students and just the curious-minded.

Information for you while the library is closed

While the stay-at-home order is in effect, library staff will not be available at the library to answer phone calls or empty the book drop.  The book drop is closed.  Please hold on to your materials until further notice.  They will not be overdue.

You can also e-mail us at  Or you can text to If you text, please include your name in the body of the text, as otherwise the text will not identify you.

Online Story Time

A story time will be held on Zoom weekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  To attend, go to and use the meeting ID 98740402289


Our wi-fi service remains on. You can usually access it from outside the library building.

The books you have checked out currently

All materials currently checked out have had the due date extended to May 11.  If it becomes necessary, we will extend that further.  You do not need to call to renew books before the library re-opens.

Reliable information about the coronavirus.

We’ve added a page to our web site listing some sites with reliable information.  There are also a couple of sites to help distinguish fact from rumor.  Click on the “Coronavirus Information” tab at the top  of this page.

Digital books and other electronic resources available to you

We have a variety of e-books and other electronic resources available to you. Most of them are always available, and some are temporarily being made available by vendors for free. See below.

Digital Book eLending is a statewide service of the State Library of Kansas in cooperation with other partners. We regularly contribute to purchase new e-books or e-audiobooks for this service. You can check out materials for 3 weeks. To use most components of Digital Book eLending you will need a Kansas Library eCard. If you don’t have one, please either e-mail us or call us during the times shown above and we can get you registered. The link to Digital Book eLending is in the left column of this page.

Hoopla offers e-books, e-audiobooks, comic books, movies, music, and more. This is a service offered through the Southeast Kansas Library System. You can use your Iola library card to check out materials on Hoopla. The link to Hoopla is in the left column of this page.  The monthly borrowing limit per card has been temporarily raised from 5 to 15.

TumbleBooks is temporarily making its service free through any library. The information is below: – K-6 children’s ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble735
Password: books – K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6 – gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6 – all ages audio book database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6 – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Internet Archive National Emergency Library has 1.4 million titles which will be available through June 30 or until the national emergency is over, whichever is longer.  These books are mostly 20th century nonfiction books from academic library collections.

Online Databases and other digital services are provided to all Kansans through subscriptions paid by the State Library of Kansas. Databases cover such areas as auto repair, genealogy, history, learning a language, career guidance, business, and much more. Most of the time you will be able to use them merely by clicking on the links on the State Library web site. When that doesn’t work, you can use your Kansas Library eCard (mentioned above). You can find the databases by going to and clicking on “Online Databases”.

Keep watch here and on our Facebook page as we share more information over the coming days.

I spy with my little eye…

It’s hard to see in this photo but this is a book nook. It is a small diorama type thing. It is currently tucked into the library collection. Have you seen it? Can you find it?
Be sure to turn on the light to see inside but turn it off when you are finished spying.

It is planned that more book nooks will be added in random spots so keep an eye out!