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Plains  Community  Library

Telephone 620 563-7326
FAX 620-563-6114
500 Grand Ave P O Box 7 Plains, KS 67869

New at Plains Community Library

We have a new Teen Corner called "The Zone" and our Children's Corner is now a "Storyland Castle."

Hours For Library

Monday 10 AM-6:30 PM

Tuesday 10AM-5:00 PM

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday 10AM-6:30 PM

Friday 10AM-5:00 PM

Saturday 9 AM-1:00 PM


Carolyn Chase Library Director

Mary Roehr Library Assistant


Sandra Knudsen
Tony Arellano
Donna Argo
Les Bergstrom
Don Davis
Vicki Miller
Carol Evans


Copy Service
Audio Books
Spanish Books
Interlibrary Loan Service
Summer Reading
Computer Access
Tax Forms

Special Collections




Any family may apply for a library card to check out materials from the Plains Community Library. All members of the family who are entitled to check out materials will be listed on the card.

There is no limit on the number of fiction or nonfiction items that may be circulated to a user except:

New Fiction - limit 3
Juvenile Holiday Books - limit 3
Cassette Tapes - limit 3
Video Cassettes - 2 per family - 3 days
Magazines Limit 3 for 3 days



First Plains Public Library

Helen Staples (Willmett) opened the Plains Library in the back of the Matkin's Dry goods Store (old Legion building) in 1932. The library was open from the summer of 1932 to September 1935, one or two days a week. Helen worked there through the National Youth Administration for youth of low income families. This was started by Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Roosevelt, President of U.S.A.

Books were given to the library by the Lone Star School, which closed; and books were rented by the trunk, which consisted of 50 books, usually 10 best-sellers. These books were rented from the Topeka Traveling Library. To pay for expenses, customers paid 10 each to read the best sellers.

The library closed when Helen reached the age of 21, and was no longer eligible to run it. She is still active in the Plains Library.

Plains Community Library

Plains Community Library is a memorial to the late Max Roberts.

In 1968 Max learned about the recently organized Southwest Kansas Library System, which was located in Dodge City. This system receives tax money which is levied in the various southwest counties that wish to belong to this system.

Max began to dream of a library in Plains. He enjoyed reading and he wanted to encourage others to read, especially children.

Our Tribute to Max Roberts
We all knew Max as loving children, parades and life. He was involved in many community activities. He taught the three-year-olds Sunday School class at the Plains United Methodist Church for 19 years.

He organized the Plains Library, donating books, time, and much energy into this project. He served on the Southwestern Heights school board for two terms and, in November of 1992, the library moved to a newly remodeled building on Main Street. It is being enjoyed by the people of Plains and its surrounding area.


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