State Library of Kansas Current Covid Procedures

Updated 3/19//2021State Library Re-Opening Plan

The State Library is open for appointments to do research and limited browsing. 

 

To schedule an appointment for purposes of doing research at the State Library, we encourage the use of our Ask A Librarian kslib.info/ask instant message chat, a phone conversation, or email infodesk@ks.gov during our regularly scheduled hours of Monday – Friday, 8 – 5.

 

The library is open for browsing of the audio book collection, but limited to one person at a time.

 

Anyone entering the State Library is required to wear a mask and maintain a safe social distance. More information about the precautions being taken can be found at Prepare for your visit.

 

We are continuing with our other contactless services: "curbside" pick up of books, audio books, and other material by using a pickup and drop off location outside the library's third floor doors. We are happy to be your “personal shopper” and find books that meet your reading needs and have them ready for curbside pickup outside our doors.

 

Need a book or article not found in the State Library collection? Ask about our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. This allows state employees to obtain requested items from other libraries if they are not available at the State Library. ILL can take a few days, or up to a week.

 

Many of our databases designated for state agency use are available by remote access. Contact us through kslib.info/ask  for more details.

 

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