State Library of Kansas Current Covid Procedures

Updated 8/31/2020State Library Re-Opening Plan

The State Library has recently reached the point where we feel that we can safely, for our staff and yours, allow people to come in and use the collection.

Researchers will be asked to wear a mask at all times while in the library and are expected to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Access to the collection will be limited to those items needed for your research. At this time, browsing of the collection is not allowed.

A full description of what to expect can be found here.

Library service remains available through phone conversation or online chat during our regularly scheduled hours. Many items can be scanned and emailed to you.

Many of our databases designated for state agency use are available by remote access. Contact Cindy Roupe for details.

We also offer no contact pick up and drop off of physical items at our door and delivery through interoffice mail.

For other questions you can reach us at the emails below.

infodesk@ks.gov (general questions)

kslc@ks.gov (card renewal/password/online resources)

audiobooks@ks.gov (ebook/audiobook questions)

For Kansas Public Patrons

If you need to return items to the library, please leave them in the box placed outside our doors on at on the 3rd floor. The State Library does not invoke fines, there will be no fines for overdue items.

Kansas Library eCard - If your local library is conducting business (phone/email), they should be able to help you. If you are unable to contact your local library, email us at audiobooks@ks.gov to request help. 

Online Resources (Databases and Skill Builders) will continue to be available to the extent our providers can maintain them. 

Also be aware that if you reach these via the Kansas Library eCard, an expired card will not permit access until renewed. Be sure to try the links on the Online Resources page. They are designed to allow you access based on your IP address.

Digital Book eLending platforms will continue to be available, but may have minor issues related to increase of use. Please be aware that ebook accounts (cloudLibrary, Enki, Freading) require a current Kansas Library eCard. Cards that have expired will no longer permit access until renewed.

Kansas Talking Books Service is open and circulating materials, however our normal circulation process will be delayed. Staff are working remotely to return phone calls, answer emails, process book requests, troubleshoot machines, and add new patron accounts. Email us or call 800-362-0699 and follow the instructions to reach the appropriate individual. 

The Legislative Hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8-5. We may have reduced staffing in the office and you may need to leave a message. When you leave a message, please give your name and phone number slowly and repeat your number. Sometimes cell phones cut out and we can’t hear all of the numbers. You are also welcome to contact us through chat or by email from kslib.info/ask

Other Resources such as the Kansas Library Catalog and Kansas Government Information Online Library continue as above.

For Librarians

Kansas Library eCard - We are available to help if you need your administrative password

For Teachers

Visit this page for resources to help plan and implement your new out of classroom learning curriculum.

For State Agencies

If you need assistance, please send an email to infodesk@ks.gov or call 785-296-2419.  

General Knowledge

Kansas specific updates on Covid-19 on the Covid-19 Resource Center from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  

Governor of Kansas Newsroom for updates and Executive Orders and covid.ks.gov.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 updates.

Esta guía de recursos está destinada a proporcionar recursos informativos de los CDC relacionados con COVID-19 en español. (This resource guide is intended to provide informational resources from the CDC related to COVID-19 in Spanish.) https://nnlm.gov/psr/guides/covid19_espanol