Book collection*

  • 65,000 volumes; includes:
  • children’s, adult, and young adult  books
  • large genealogy collection
  • over 5000 large print books

*Figures given include all books available to the public within the library, whether owned by Iola Public Library or the Southeast Kansas Library System

Other materials:

  • DVDs and Playaway Views
  • Audio books (CDs, Playaways)
  • Digital materials are available through Hoopla digital and Digital Book eLending  (see below)
  • Compact discs (mostly music)
  • over 60 magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Microfilm (mostly newspapers and census)
  • And more: kits, vertical file, etc.

Digital materials

Hoopla digital: Instantly borrow audiobooks, comic books, movies, ebooks, music, and more, 24/7 on your library card.  Enjoy digital materials on your computer, tablet, phone, or smart TV. Hoopla has about 650,000 titles, including movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. The service is available 24/7 and there are no limits on simultaneous users, so there are never waiting lists to use the materials. This service is partially funded by the Southeast Kansas Library System.

The library participates in Digital Book eLending, through which ebooks and downloadable audio can be borrowed. To search this catalog and check out books, go to  A Kansas Library Card is required and may be obtained at the library.


The library is widely known for its extensive genealogy collection.  The Raymond L. Willson genealogy collection contains 4700 books and 2,600 reels of microfilm.  You can ask for help at the library’s front desk.

Databases/Kansas Library Card

Access to a variety of databases is provided by statewide subscription from the State Library of Kansas.  These include Heritage Quest (genealogy), a newspaper index, and business, nursing, health, and more databases.

Kansas Library Cards are available in the library for access to downloadable ebooks and audio books, as well as any databases for which you may need the card.

Holds (including automatic holds)

You can reserve books at the library, by telephone, or by using your account on our SEKnFind catalog.  We even have an automatic reserve service, where we’ll always notify you when the latest book by your favorite author is available.  Just fill out an automatic hold form.

Internet access/computers

High-speed direct connection to the Internet. is available.  Computers may also be used for word processing.

Wi-fi is available throughout the building.

Children’s services:

  • Weekly Storytimes for children during much of the year
  • Special events

Readers Advisory service

Need a suggestion for what book to read next?  You can get suggestions in several ways.

  • Use Novelist, one of the statewide databases
  • Subscribe to a free e-mail newsletter from our LibraryAware service.  25 monthly or bi-monthly newsletters listing suggestions in various genres, subjects, and age levels are available.  Each lists a combination of recent releases and less-recent books.  Click on the “Subscribe to Our Newsletters” button on this web site.
  • Pick up a handout from our Reader’s Advisory Center (the rotating displayer near the new books)
  • Best of all–ask a librarian!

Home delivery

Books and other materials are delivered to those who are physically unable to come to the library.  Library staff pick out books based on the readers’ preferences.  Deliveries are made by volunteers every other week.

Interlibrary loan

If you don’t have what you want, we can probably borrow it for you from another library!

Special services

  • BiFolkal kits for reminiscing programs; especially good for seniors.
  • Braille/print children’s books
  • Access to Talking Books program for the blind and physically handicapped
  • Recreation therapy aids


Includes data projector (computer, Powerpoint),  overhead projector, opaque projector,  and projection screen. $1.00 per day.


A self-service photocopier is located near the desk.  Black and white copies are 15¢ for letter or legal size copies; 30¢ for 11″ x 17″.  Color photocopies are 25¢.

Prints from the internet
10¢ each

Need a program?

Library staff can provide programs for your club, class, or other group on a number of topics.  See Programs


Our catalog is online as part of a consortium of southeast Kansas libraries called SEKnFind.  You can find it at

Besides searching the catalog, you can log in to your account and do such things as place holds, renew books, make book comments, check on your reading history, and more.

Book drop

A 24-hour book drop is located on the alley behind the library.

Study room

A private study room is available in a corner of the genealogy room, with a sliding door, table, and chairs. It’s perfect for getting a bit away and reading, studying, researching, or working.  You can go in whenever it’s not occupied, but it’s also possible to reserve the room.