Library To Close May 1-5 for Checkout System Upgrades

The library will be closed May 1-5 and will reopen May 6 with a new way to check out. The change will result in shorter wait times when checking out using 11, blue-lighted check-out kiosks, conveniently located throughout the library.

Three major improvements to checking out

  1. self-check kioskSpeed. Check-out is much more streamlined
  2. Convenience. Check-out kiosks located where you are in the building
  3. Privacy. A more discreet way of checking out

The library is adopting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for inventory and security. RFID is used worldwide for a variety of purposes including employee ID badges and in K-Tags used by Turnpike motorists. With RFID tags, it’s possible to check out multiple items all at once.

Library cards will not change, but the new system will require a PIN to check out. This is a great opportunity to update your PIN. Change your PIN online in your account or call the library at 785-580-4400 and we can help you.

The entire library staff will be involved in converting 450,000+ items. The library will get a head start by closing the music CDs and the DVD Dispenser on April 30.

Many library services will remain open during May 1-5

  • Bookmobiles will run their regular schedule.
  • Café Special Hours (May 1-5)
    Mon-Fri 8:15am – 4pm
    Sat & Sun, Closed
    Booktique Hours
    Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm
    Sat 10am – 5pm
    Sun 12pm – 5pm
    Gallery Hours
    M-F 9am – 9pm
    Sat 9am – 6pm
    Sun 12pm – 9pm

    The Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Millennium Café and Chandler Booktique will be open.

  • Phones will be manned at 785-580-4400 (switchboard) and 580-4555 (telephone reference)
  • No reserves can be picked up at the main library. If you are notified your reserve is available, you can call the library at 580-4400 and ask about having it sent out to a specific bookmobile stop (plan on a 24-hour delay).
  • Meetings already scheduled at the library will occur.
  • The Friends of the Library Book Swap set for May 3 1-3pm in the gallery.
  • Wi-Fi will be available at the library.
  • Computers at the Community Centers will be available for use.
  • The Digital Branch is always open at

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.

2 thoughts on “Library To Close May 1-5 for Checkout System Upgrades

  1. Will books due during that week be returned in the book drop? The bookmobile? What happens to overdue books? In short, how are books checked out previous to the closure returned during the closed period?

    • Elaine, Great Questions. Library materials may be returned to both the inside and
      outside book returns at the Library. Book drops throughout the community
      will continue to be picked up. Materials can also be returned to
      bookmobiles. The bookmobiles will be running their regular
      schedule. All materials returned to these locations will be checked in
      within 24 to 48 hours. We do not have any materials due during the time
      we are closed and have delayed the due date for recently checked out materials
      until at least May 9, 2014. Customers can call us at 785-580-4424 if they
      have questions about their accounts.

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