Information and Services


How do I get a library card at the Abilene Public Library?

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, and reserve materials.


How long can I keep items I check out?

New books may be checked out for two weeks, movies may be checked out for two weeks with NO renewal and all other circulating material are permitted to be checked out for 3 weeks.  A receipt with all items checked out and due dates will be given at the time of checkout.

Please click for a chart display loan periods and fines.


How do I access my library account online?

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.  We will keep everyone up to date as more features develop.



Can I renew my library book if I’m not finished by the due date?

Items other than movies may be renewed by calling 263-3082 or the Children’s Library 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.  When returning the item you may request to be put on the reserve list for the item. 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 may be renewed only once and are subject to the lending library’s policies and approval.


How do I reserve a book?

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.


Will the library notify me when my requested book is available?

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.


Can the library keep my check-out history?

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.


Do I have to pay for damaged or lost 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.




Available at The Abilene Public Library: BOOKS:  Over 50,000 volumes including best selling fiction and non-fiction. NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES:  Over 15 current subscriptions. FREE INTERNET ACCESS AND FREE WIRELESS INTERNET Please see our Internet policy for more details. INTERLIBRARY LOAN:  Access to libraries across Kansas SUMMER READING PROGRAM:  Children log hours of reading to achieve …

Borrowing Information

Items Loan Periods Checkout Renewals-If not on hold Books (fiction, nonfiction, large type print, young adult, children’s) 21 days 25 3 Music CDs 21 days 6 per card 3 New Adult 14 days 6 1 Video Cassettes (youth) 14 days 6 per card N DVDs (adult and youth) 14 days 6 per card N Audio …

Meeting Rooms

Please call 263-3082 to reserve a meeting room.  All organizations and groups must read and sign a facility use agreement. Click Facility use agreement to view or for a printable copy.   Rooms may be reserved during regular library hours and after hours.  Please note due to patron activity in the library privacy is limited …

Books on Wheels

The Abilene Public Library’s Books on Wheels program started with a grant from the Abilene Community Foundation in January of 2005.  The program delivers books and other library materials to retirement communities in Abilene and to home-bound patrons. The mission of the Abilene Public Library Books on Wheels Program is to provide library resources to meet …

Internet Policy

Internet and Computer Use Policy GENERAL MISSION The Abilene Public Library provides access to the Internet for library users from computer terminals in the Adult Department and the Children’s Department.  The library also offers free wireless Internet access to people who have their own portable wireless devices.  This policy also applies to wireless use of …

Interlibrary Loan Search

Interlibrary Loan Search Instructions Click the link for a step by step guide to find and order an item from interlibrary loan.  You will need your library card number, if you do not have this please come to the library and a new library card will be issued.


Abilene Public Library ~ Wendy Moulton-Director Kara Cromwell-Associate Director ~ Sheryl Davidson-Children’s Librarian Bekah Prickett – Children’s Circulation Kathy Ford – Children’s Circulation Mason Cook –  Children’s Circulation Assistant Libby Kohler – Children’s Circulation Assistant ~ Jordyn Peyla – Teens & Technology Molli Gartland -Circulation Judy Faunce –  Circulation  Tonya Cruce – Circulation Nathaniel Tompkins …


A Brief History of the Library On December 20, 1900, the Ladies Literary clubs of Abilene held a meeting at the home of Mrs. Thomas Kirby for the purpose of organizing a Library Association.  Mrs. J.M. Gleissner was elected president of the new organization; Mrs. O.L. Moore, Vice-President; Mrs. H.L. Humphrey, Treasurer, and Miss Mace …