Library to open on June 8

We will open to the public on Monday, June 8, with some new guidelines.

New Guidelines for Using the
Abilene Public Library

1) Face coverings are recommended for anyone over 3 years old. Please help us protect the library staff and our community.

2) Patrons will be limited to 30 minute visits including computer use time. Only 2 computers will be available for use at one time.

3) A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the Adult and Teen
areas of the library  (floors 1&3) and 5 people (or 2 families) will be allowed in the Youth Department (lower level) at one time. The 2nd floor remains closed except for official meetings.

4) All materials that are touched by patrons while browsing need to be put in designated bins for sanitation.

5) Returns will be accepted in the outside book drop only and will be
quarantined for 72 hours.

6) We are NOT taking donations until further notice.

7) Public Restrooms and drinking fountains will NOT be open at this time.

Library to Go Pick Up Services will continue

The time period between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday is reserved for high-risk patrons.


Social Distancing of 6 feet is required and hand sanitizer will be readily available.


Services such as copying and faxing may take longer to allow for staff safety measures.


If you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or any other possible COVID-19 symptoms please  do not enter the library

Activities for 5th through 8th Graders

Ms Diane has two activities planned for this age group this summer, A Scavenger Hunt/Quiz Bowl, and a Creative Writing Project.

Pick up the forms in the entry of the library or print from here:

Ms Diane’s Scavenger Hunt

Creative Writing

Be sure and watch Ms Diane on our YouTube Channel or Facebook page each week to get all the instructions!

poster for Creative Writing with Ms Diane

Jasper’s Book Scavenger Hunt

picture of a dragon and a book

Download and print your entry form here or pick one up in the library lobby during regular business hours.

“Library To Go” Services

We are now offering “Library to go” services!   To get the books you want  from the library follow these steps:

  • REQUEST –  Go to our online catalog and place a hold, or call, email, or message us on social media with your desired items, authors, or subjects.   Maximum 5 items per patron, 1 pickup a week
  • SCHEDULE – We will contact you when your items are ready for pickup and schedule a time for you to come to the library.
  • PICKUP – Your bag of items will be on a pickup table in the front entrance of the library labeled with your name.  Please keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others coming to pick up their items.
  • ENJOY – You now have library materials to enjoy!
  • RETURN – You may return your items in the outside dropbox during library hours.  Please note that your items will not be checked in for 72 hours, so your account may still show them for a few days.  
  • REPEAT –  Get some more great things by repeating the process

Contact us at 785-263-3082 or at 785-263-1303 for the Children’s Department

email us at

Social Media:


Instagram: @aplkansas

Twitter:  @aplkansas

The Building is Not open to the public at this time.

Please DO NOT put donations in the dropbox!  We are not accepting donations at this time.

Plans underway for Teens and Technology Space

The library is working on transforming the 3rd floor into a Teen and Technology Space.  The computer lab has moved onto the 3rd floor, and the transformation is underway.  

Here is the goal we are working towards for this awesome community space!

Floor plan for third floor Teens and Technology space
Plans for Teens and Technology space
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