Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

Winter Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day) 

Monday through Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm

Friday & Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) 

Monday through Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm

Friday & Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday: CLOSED

How much does it cost to print?

We offer both color and black and white printing. Color printing is available only downstairs.

Color – $0.25 per page

Black and white – $0.10 per page. 

How do I get a library card?

Getting a library card is free for any resident of Kansas.

  • For patrons over 18, one form of photo ID with current information showing name and address or photo ID with other acceptable proof of residence is required at time of filling out a library card application.
  • Children under the age of 18 must have cards co-signed by parent or legal guardian. This form authorizes or denies minors access to public internet computers.
  • For your protection, the patron card with name and registration number should be presented each time materials are checked out.
  • Loss of a card must be reported immediately or the patron will be responsible for materials checked out on it. Replacement cards cost $1.

More information about library cards, check out our Services page. 

How do I access the online catalog?

SEKnFind Catalog

The Chanute Public Library card catalog is online! Search the Library’s collection, explore the collection of other area libraries, and have materials you find transferred to your local library! This service is available for patrons of the Chanute Public Library at no charge! The Chanute Public Library is a member of the Southeast Kansas Library System and participates in a consortium which includes 45 libraries in the region.

Users are now able to search the consolidated catalog for books and materials of all 45 libraries and place a hold on items from any of the libraries. Library card holders can then use the SEKnFind catalog to request items to be transferred between libraries for checkout by the person requesting them. Users can limit their search to items only at Chanute by using the “Advanced Search”, or by logging in so that the catalog will recognize which library they are registered with.

Users may also renew items and access their reading history once logged into their account.

Logging On

Chanute patrons use their 14-digit library card as their username. Your default password is your last name lowercase and can change it on your account. If you lose or forget this information, contact the Chanute Public Library and they can reset it.

For Parents: we can now link your child’s library card to your account, so you can be updated about your child’s library account and checkouts. You will be able to see thier history on your account as well.

For more information, check out our Services page. 

What online resources can I access?


Through the Southeast Kansas Library System, the Chanute Public Library is now offering a new electronic resource, hoopla. Using their Chanute Library card, patrons can access ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, and comic books. Patrons can access hoopla by downloading the app on their phone or tablet or by using the hoopla website. Patrons are only allowed to check out five items per month for three weeks. Items are automatically returned at the end of the lending period. The number of items allowed to be checked out is refreshed at the beginning of every month. If you have questions, please contact the library.

Kansas State Library Ebooks

Through a partnership with the Kansas State Library, downloadable eBooks that you can put on your portable device and enjoy anywhere. Once a book is due, it simply disappears from your device. However, just like a physical book we only have a certain number of copies of most digital titles. If a book is currently checked out, you may place a hold on the item.

To access the Kansas eBooks you will need:

  • A valid state library card. This is different than your Chanute Public Library card, but you will need to come into the building to obtain one.
  • Access to the Internet.
  • The free software for the device or computer on which you wish to use your EZ Library items.
  • A valid email address so you can be notified when your titles are available for download.
Online Databases

Expand your learning and career options by exploring  provided by the Kansas State Library. Users may need to get a Kansas State Library eCard first before accessing databases. Ask your local librarian how to apply for an eCard.

For more information, visit our Services page. 

Can I reserve the conference room?

The library does not have a public meeting room. The Leighty Conference room is shared with the Safari Museum and available for Library or Museum sponsored events. For more information contact us at 620-431-3820.

Do you have a notary?

Kandi Wilson, the head children’s librarian, is our notary. Please call ahead to schedule a time with her to notarize documents. 

When are your library board meetings?

The Library Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month. 

Chanute Public Library

111 N. Lincoln Ave
Chanute, Kansas 66720

► Library Hours

Winter Hours
(Labor Day – Memorial Day)
Mon – Thu: 9:00a – 7:00p
Fri & Sat: 9:00a – 5:00p
Summer Hours

(Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Mon – Thu: 9:00a – 6:00p
Fri & Sat: 9:00a – 5:00p

► Phone

(620) 431-3820

Our Location

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