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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!

Everything Chocolate Sale coming SOON!

Mark your calendars! –
Plan to buy a chocolate gift for your sweetheart at the annual Everything Chocolate Sale on February 14th. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Iola Public Library meeting room.
Please share this with your friends.
Help us make this a GREAT fundraiser this year!!

This is made possible by YOU. Chocolate volunteers needed! Contact Lesa if you are able to volunteer or donate goods.