Over 50,000 volumes including best selling fiction and non-fiction.


Patrons may check out six DVDs for two weeks.

Interlibrary Loan:

If the library doesn’t own the book or movie a patron wants, it can be borrowed it from another library at no charge.

Rotating Books:

More than 300 books from North Central Kansas Libraries are exchanged every two months.

Outside Book Return:

There is a drop box in front of the library for after-hours returns.

Books on Wheels

Books are delivered to residents at local retirement homes on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Locker Pickup

Contactless locker pick up 24/7.  Pick up your library books when it is convenient for you, even after hours.
When reserving a book online, just select lockers as the pick up location. When you have been notified that it’s ready for pick up, just scan your library card (or enter your card number) to open the locker.

Wireless Internet Service

Free Wi-Fi service is accessible 24/7.  Patrons may use their own devices inside during library hours, or outside the library when the building is closed.

Public Computers:

Computers are available for use during regular business hours.  Please limit your time to 30 minutes.

Copy or Prints:

The library charges $0.25 per page for black and white copies and $0.50 per page for Color. Items may be scanned to email  for free. Wireless printing is also available.

Fax Machine:

The cost is $1.00 a page for sending & receiving faxes

Audio Books:

Books on CD and Playaways are offered at the library. 

Notary Service

There is a Notary on staff in the Tech Department to assist those needing a notary. 

Wi-Fi Hotspots

These portable devices allow you to connect your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the Internet from just about anywhere. Stop by the Teen & Technology Department on the 3rd floor for more information.

Story Times:

Regular Story Times are held in the Children’s Department.  Check our calendar for schedule.

Summer Reading Program:

 Summer reading is offered for all ages. 

Adult Programs:

Various programs are offered throughout the year.  Our most popular program is Brown Bag Special Documentaries.

Children's Programs:

Children’s Programs are held throughout the year for all age groups. 

Meeting Rooms:

Meeting Rooms are available for community use.  Please see Meeting Rooms page for more information.


Gaming computers are available on the 3rd floor in the Teens and Technology Department

Kansas Library Card:

A Kansas library card allows patrons access to eBooks & numerous databases 

Kansas Collection

Located on the 2nd Floor, Browse our collection of Kansas Books

Talking Books:

Talking Books are available through the State Library for the visually impaired.  We can help you submit your application for this free service.

Test Proctor Service:

Students may have tests proctored at the library.  Please email Jordyn at

Puzzle Exchange

Patrons may take home a jigsaw puzzle free of charge, and leave puzzles for others to use. 


eBooks are available through the Sunflower eLibrary and Hoopla with an APL Library Card and through the  State Library of Kansas with a Kansas Library Card (available at APL)


Sunflower eLibrary:

Sunflower eLibrary has both audio and e-books


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



State of Kansas eCard:

State of Kansas Library has several different apps.


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

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.

Card Catalog Instructions:

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.


Go to or download the app to your device.  To get started, create an account with your email address and create a password.  Choose Abilene Public Library and enter your library card number.  Library patrons may check out 6 titles a month.  No waiting!

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