Frequently Asked Questions

Please bring a  photo ID and proof of current address.  Children under the age of fifteen must be accompanied by an adult to receive a card in the Children’s Library.  By accepting a new library card, you are responsible for any materials checked out on the card.  Bring your library card each time you come to the library to check out materials.  You can also use it from home to view your account, renew materials, reserve materials, and access the Sunflower eLibrary.

Sunflower eLibrary has both audio and e-books


To Sign in, select Abilene Public Library, and enter your APL card number.

Yes, the library has computers for public use.  

Patrons may print or photocopy for 25 cents a page, or 50 cents a page for full color copies.  Wireless printing is also available from your mobile device.

Yes, faxes cost $1 a page to send or receive.  Scanning to email is offered at no charge.

The library offers free wifi, available 24/7.  You may access inside the building during library hours, or outside on the library lawn or parking area anytime.

Visit the APL Catalog 

Enter your search in the top search bar.

To access your account, log in with your library card number and the password: userpass. You will then be prompted to create your own password.

New books may be checked out for two weeks, movies may be checked out for two weeks, and all other circulating material may be checked out for 3 weeks.  A receipt with all items checked out and due dates will be given at the time of checkout.

You may use the library’s online card catalog to search for materials.  To log into your library account enter the library card number in the ID box and use userpass as the password for first time log in. You will then be prompted to change your password.  You can look at what you have checked out, renew materials, and reserve items. You can also change your address or other personal information and sign up to receive weekly e-mails of your current checkouts and account status from the library.  

Library items (except movies) may be renewed by calling 785-263-3082 or the Children’s Library 785-263-1303. Items may also be renewed by logging into your library account.  Click my account and then click items out.  If you are able to renew an item a blue renew link will appear next to the item.  If the item has a reserve or has exceeded the renewal limit, it cannot be renewed and must be returned the library.  Items may be renewed up to three times unless otherwise stated.  If another patron is on reserve for the item, the library will not renew that item.  Interlibrary loan items are subject to the lending library’s policies and approval.

If you would like an item that is currently checked out, the circulation staff can put a reserve on that item.  The reserves are placed in the order they are received.  If you are searching the card catalog and the item you want is already checked out, click reserve this item and click reserve again.  When the item is returned, the library will notify you. Popular items or bestsellers may have long lists.

The library will inform patrons by e-mail or telephone that the items they have requested are available.  The library will also notify patrons when items are overdue.

Yes.  Please inform the circulation desk if you would like our computer system to keep track of all items you have checked out.  You may also set your account up for this service by logging into your account and clicking Check Out History.  Click yes to confirm you would like this service.  Once set up, you may log into your account and view any previously checked out items.

Yes, lost or damaged items must be paid for.  Please contact the library if you know you have misplaced a book.  The library will provide you with the replacement amount.  If an item has been damaged, please bring it to the circulation desk.  The damage will be accessed and a replacement amount given if necessary.


State of Kansas Library has several different apps.


You will need a State of Kansas Library card number (available at APL). 

Log in : KSL Number: ex 999999

AND password (your birthday mm/dd/yyyy): ex 01/01/2020.

Click on DIGITAL BOOK eLENDING.  There you will see several different apps for either eAudiobooks or eBooks.  Each one is a little different and has instructions for use.  When you click on the instructions, you will learn if the app is compatible with your device.

The library has access to Hertiage Quest through the State Library of Kansas.  You may access from the State library website:  or by clicking on the Free for Kansans tab at the top of the page, and scrolling down to Ancestry. Search census records and more for free.

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