Kansas Regional Library Systems

Kansas regional library systems were established under Kansas Law (K.S.A. 75-2547K.S.A. 75-2548) in 1965 as agents of support for local public libraries. The primary goals were, and remain, the improvement of existing library services and programs and the extension of library service to areas where it was previously unavailable.

Today, virtually all residents of Kansas have access to quality service through local libraries and the network of cooperation and initiative that includes those libraries, the systems, and the state library.

Library membership and participation in systems has evolved to include libraries of all types. Each system is governed by a board of individuals who are appointed by local libraries (to represent their districts) and by the governor (to represent Kansans who reside outside local public library districts). Under this guidance, systems develop and customize the range and depth of services provided. For more information, visit each system's website below.

Kansas Regional Library Systems Map
Kansas Regional Library System System Service Area Population Public Libraries School districts Academic Libraries Special Libraries Other Libraries Total Participating Libraries
Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) 177,847 54 32 5 1 0 92
North Central Kansas Library System (NCKLS) 234,588 31 7 4 1 6 56
Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) 1,311,476 48 51 11 7 0 117
Northwest Kansas Library System (NWKLS) 41,703 19 21 2 4 1 47
South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS) 804,232 72 56 14 3 0 145
Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS) 201,145 54 41 7 1 0 103
Southwest Kansas Library System (SWKLS) 152.018 35 12 2 2 0 51