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Get a Library Card

Emporia Public Library cards are free to all Kansas residents with proof of current residency (see Circulation Policy for details). Patrons age 17 and under need the signature of a parent or legal guardian to obtain a card. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for the materials checked out on their child's card and the information accessed on computer workstations.

Always bring your library card when coming to the library; keychain cards are available so you will always have your card handy! With your card, you can check out books, DVDs, audiobooks, kits, and more for free! A EPL card also grants you access to the online materials through Sunflower eLibrary.

How to Get a Library Card:

You may fill out your EPL library card application in-person at the circulation desk; if you are coming in person to the Emporia Public Library, bring a photo ID. If you would like to apply for a card online, you may do so at the link below; you will receive an "online only" card until you are able to bring in a photo ID; at which point we will grant you full library card access. 

How to keep your library account in good standing: 

  • Use our 24-hour book drop or return items to the book drops inside the building.

  • Take care of the items that you check out. If items are damaged when you receive them, please let us know immediately.

  • Keep track of what materials you have out on your account and return materials by the listed due date.

  • Review your account online (requires card number and your password). You can also sign up for autorenewal (when available) and due date reminders. If you find an error, please let the library know immediately by phone or email. 

  • Keep the library informed of address or phone number changes so that you will continue to receive reminders promptly.


Note: We are a fine-free library for most items. All items must be returned either to the outside book drop (open 24/7) or inside at the circulation desk. If you have any questions about your account, please call us at 620-340-6462 or email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  

Additional Library Access

Access to Online-Only Materials and State Library of Kansas Resources: 

To get an EPL online-only card (for digital materials only) or a KS State Library Card, fill out the application above. These cards are meant for limited access and have the ability to check out our online materials through our Sunflower eLibrary (the Overdrive app). When you sign up for an online-only card, you also have the option to sign up for a Kansas State Library card; you can also sign up for a Kansas State Library card even if you already have a card with the Emporia Public Library. To receive a full library access, you will need to fill out an application in person or fill out the online application and bring in a photo ID at a later time. 

The Kansas Library eCard provides access to online resources. Any Kansas resident may obtain the eCard at the Public Services Desk on the second floor or through the online application. The card is good for three years, and then it must be renewed, which can be done in person, over the phone, or by sending us an email.  

Additional resources available through the State Library of Kansas: 

  • Bibliotheca cloudLibrary The Cloud Library allows you to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks for free! This is also available via your mobile device (from the app store). 

  • Enki Library - eBook Collection which includes self-published books. 

  • Freading - eBooks with no waiting list. 5 tokens per week, per card. 

  • Total Boox - Download as many eBooks as you want from the catalog of 80,000 eBooks. 

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