- 66,000 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
- DVDs and Playaway Views
- Audio books (CDs, Playaways)
- Downloadable ebooks and audio books are also available through Digital Book eLending with a Kansas Library Card
- Compact discs (mostly music)
- over 70 magazine and newspaper subscriptions
- Microfilm (mostly newspapers and census)
- And more: kits, vertical file, etc.
Downloadable ebooks and audio book
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 https://www.kslib.info/digitalbooks.html. 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 4300 books and 12,500 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.
High-speed direct connection to the Internet. is available. Computers may also be used for word processing.
Wi-fi is available throughout the building.
Laptops are available at the desk if all computers are full and you have a library card and driver’s license, which must be left at the desk while you use the laptops.
- Weekly Storytimes for children during much of the year
- Special events
- Board books in castle for the toddlers
- Discovery Packs
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!
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.
If you don’t have what you want, we can probably borrow it for you from another library!
- DVS videos for the hearing impaired
- 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
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 www.seknfind.org
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.
A 24-hour book drop is located on the alley behind the library.