Regional Library Systems

Kansas regional library systems were established under Kansas Law (K.S.A. 75-2547, K.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 Total population served Public Libraries School districts Academic Libraries Special Libraries Other Libraries Total membership
Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) 186,573 55 20 5 0 0 80
North Central Kansas Library System (NCKLS) 239,476 40 7 5 1 6 59
Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) 1,276,596 48 50 11 8 0 117
NorthWest Kansas Library System (NWKLS) 37,141 19 21 2 4 1 47
South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS) 798,877 72 55 14 3 3 147
Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS) 207,592 54 41 7 1 0 103
Southwest Kansas Library System (SWKLS) 160,990 39 16 3 2 0 60
Source- 2016 Kansas Regional Library System Survey- compiled results
Includes: membership counts, Income and Expenditures, Paid Staff FTE and State Aid Report