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The Kansas Library eCard is only for accessing online materials available for all residents of Kansas, and is separate from your local library card used to checkout physical books.
If you do not have a card yet, most people can get in to the kids ebooks without login, or you can look at the recommended free book sites on our main page.
This varies a bit by system - please note there are never fines on digital books. As checkouts are on a timer, you can never have an overdue book.
Cloud Library eBooks: 21 day checkout, please return book if you finish it early; can have 5 books checked out at a time. No renew feature, but you can checkout a book again immediately if no one else was on hold for it.
Enki Library eBooks: 21 day checkout, can return early; up to 10 checkouts at a time. No renew feature, but can checkout a book again immediately if no one else is on hold for it.
Freading eBooks: 14 day checkout, it works by a "checkout allowance" that gives you 5 checkouts per week. Unused checkouts roll over for up to 4 weeks. If book expires before you finish reading, just download a new copy.
Britannica E-STAX: no actual checkouts, use as many books as you like. There is an optional download of books for offline use, those files will expire after 2 months, but you can redownload immediately if still using the book.
Digital Storybooks (BookFlix): no actual checkout, no limits.
There’s some variety in how library digital book systems work.
Cloud Library: we have to buy every copy of each book on these. So, if all copies are checked out, you place a hold. Of course we wish that you did not have to wait, but we’d need an unlimited budget to accomplish zero holds lists. Digital library audiobooks can cost as much as $109 per copy. Library ebooks can cost as much as $65 per copy, and many of the "cheaper" ebook copies ($12-60) actually *expire* after a certain number of checkouts or a time period (like a year).
Enki Library: also has specific copies, but as the collection there is quite large holds lists are uncommon (or very short).
No Holds Systems: the library doesn’t buy individual books. These work more like a rental system - the library pays based on how many books are checked out (Freading). Mostly it is medium-small publishers willing to do this type. The biggest publishers would much rather have us buy actual copies.
Yes, Cloud Library (ebooks & Audiobooks) at this time. Use the Digital Book Request Form. Please realize that some books do not have digital versions, and not all publishers sell digital copies to libraries.
Some of the services (like Freading, digital storybooks) are subscription-based. Every book in their catalogs are available for you to use, the library does not purchase individual titles/copies.
If you are experiencing an error outside of business hours, please see the Digital Book Help Notes page for the most common issues.