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Where are you located?
How can I contact the library?

What does it take to get a library card?
Is there a cost for a card?

How long can I keep a book? Can it be renewed?
How long can I keep a videocassette or DVD? Can it be renewed?
How long can I keep a music CD or audio book? Can it be renewed?

Is there a limit to the number of items I can check out?
Does the library charge fines?

Can I access my account online?
What if I have lost my PIN number?

How can I schedule a meeting room?
Is there a cost to use the room?
How large are the rooms?

Who do I give a gift in Memory or Honor of someone?

Is there free access to the Internet? Do I need a library card to use the computers?
Do you have Wireless access to the Internet? Is there a fee?

 

Where are you located?

We are located at 110 E 6th Avenue in Emporia, Kansas. Visit our How To Find Us page view a map to our building.

How can I contact the library?

You can call our main number at (620) 340-6462, Adult Services at (620) 340-6450 or Children's Services at (620) 340-6466. Our fax number is (620) 340-6444 . Visit our Meet the Staff page to contact a staff member directly.

What does it take to get a library card? / Is there a cost for a card?

Cards are free of charge to Kansas residents with a current proof of address. This proof could be a driver's license, checkbook or a piece of mail. Visit our Circulation Policies page for more information.

How long can I keep a book? Can it be renewed?

Books check out for three (3) weeks and can be renewed once. An extended loan period may be requested up to six (6) weeks if there are no holds on the book and the book is older than six (6) months. Visit our Circulation Policies page for more information.

How long can I keep a videocassette or DVD? Can it be renewed?

Videocassettes and DVDs check out for one (1) week and can not be renewed.

How long can I keep a music CD or audio book? Can it be renewed?

Music CDs and audio books both check out for three (3) weeks and can be renewed once if there are no holds on that item.

Is there a limit to the number of items I can check out?

There is no limit on how many items a patron checks out; however, there are limitations for new patron cards and how many items may be checked out in some of the library special collections, including graphic novels and nonprint items. The Library encourages patrons to check out on the number of items they feel they can financially afford, in case of loss or damage to the materials.

Does the library charge fines?

Yes, we do charge fines. Books incur a .10 cent fine for every day they are overdue, videocassette and DVDs - $1 a day fine and other non-print items such as music and audio CDs - .25 cents a day.

Can I access my account online?

Yes, using our online catalog you can view what you have checked out and renew items. Be sure to have your library card number and PIN ready as you will need them to get into your account. Visit our WebCat page to access the catalog.

What if I have lost my PIN number?

If you have misplaced your PIN (personal identification number), call the library's main desk at (620) 340-6462 and they can tell you your PIN or give you another one.

How can I schedule a meeting room? Is there a cost to use the room? How large are the rooms?

We have two meeting rooms. One is called our Small Room (Board Room) and the other is called our Large Room. The Small Room holds 12 people and has 233 square feet. The Large Room holds 60 people with just chairs (approximately 35 with tables) and has 970 square feet. A small kitchenette is available to both rooms. It has a coffee maker, refrigerator, burner for heating water and a few basics like mugs. We ask that food not be prepared on site but food can be brought in for use during the meeting.

The policy for our meeting room use is that the meetings be open to the public with no charge to the attendees. We ask that the rooms be used by nonprofit clubs and organizations only. We are sorry that we can not accommodate private functions such as birthday parties or wedding receptions. There is no charge for meeting room use. Visit our Meeting Room page for more information.

The library provides three quiet study rooms for use by the public for private reading, small group tutoring, and small meetings (up to four people). They can be booked by calling the second floor reference desk at 620-340-6450.

How can I give a gift in Memory or Honor of someone?

Gift and Memorial brochures are available at the Adult Services and Circulation desks. Please fill out one of these forms and give it to a staff member. Or you can download a copy in PDF format: GMBrochure. You may also call the Gift and Memorial Department directly at (620) 340-6469. Visit our Gift & Memorial page for more details.

Is there free access to the Internet? Do I need a library card to use the computers?

Emporia Public Library offers free access to the Internet both in the Children's Room and the Adult Service's Department. A user does not need a library card to use any of our public computers. The computers do have a software program that requires the user to agree to our Computer Use Policy before he / she may begin. Users are limited to 30 minutes on the computer during busy times when there is a wait list. Visit our Public Computing Page for more information.

We also have Wireless Access to the Internet. There is no charge for the use of our wireless connection. Visit our Wireless page for further details and instructions.

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