Educators

The Wichita Public Library is your one-stop shop for free educational resources. Whether you are asking your students to conduct research on a certain topic or need to find the latest and greatest books on numerous subjects, the Library is the place to visit.

Our staff have curated a collection of resources and services you might find useful.

Library Cards

  • You can get a free Wichita Public Library card at any seven of our locations. You can register for one of two types of card:

    • A borrower's card lets you access all digital library resources online as well as check out physical materials from all Wichita Public Library locations, like books and DVDs. Proof of identity with name and proof of current address is necessary to get a borrower's card. Photo identification is preferred but not required. Examples of acceptable identification include: driver's license, Kansas ID card, government-issued ID or passport.
    • An e-card gives you complete access to digital library services and access to technology. Students can read e-books, listen to e-audiobooks, use library computers and Wi-Fi, and read book chapters and articles from magazines online. They can also Book-A-Librarian for one-on-one help at Library locations, as well as access 3D printing services at the Advanced Learning Library. Photo identification with name and date of birth is necessary to get an e-card. Address verification is not required for an e-card.

    If you're age 17 and younger, you need an adult with a library card in good standing to get a library card. The signing adult will be responsible for all items checked out on the card as well as what is accessed on the internet. Minors may use the identification of the signing adult for address verification.

    Some services require a library card in good standing. Your account is in good standing when the amount of fees or lost charges is below $10 and there are no items more than 15 days overdue.

  • If you want to turn your e-card into a borrower's card, stop by any of our seven locations. If you're age 17 and younger, bring your signing adult. Please bring proof of current address. Photo identification is preferred but not required. Examples of acceptable identification include: driver's license, Kansas ID card, government-issued ID or passport. The signing adult's library card must be in good standing. Your account is in good standing when the amount of fees or lost charges is below $10 and there are no items more than 15 days overdue.

  • We encourage teachers or schools to contact the library regarding e-card renewals. We're happy to help! If this is not feasible, please ask parents or caregivers to contact the Library to renew the e-card.

    1. We encourage you to talk to your principal or school librarian to confirm if an e-card was issued the previous school year. This could speed up your process!
    2. Decide which adult's name will be used for the school as the "signing adult."
      Note: no fees or financial obligations are associated with e-cards for students.
    3. Create a list of your "active enrollment" in order to capture only those students currently enrolled in your class or school. We prefer this in Excel format, as we will return it to you with more information. Make sure to provide a student's first/last name and their date of birth.
    4. Once we receive student information, we will check each student's name in our system:
      • We will renew student e-cards if necessary.
      • For students who do not have a library card in good standing, we will create a new e-card for them to use.
    5. We will process the paperwork and will contact you when we are finished. E-cards are valid for use through the end of the summer before needing renewal at the start of the next school year.

Hotspots

No internet at home? No problem. Your students can access the internet at home – or almost anywhere – with a mobile hotspot from the Wichita Public Library.

Research Databases

A Wichita Public Library card provides free access to premium websites with reliable, expert information to make homework and school projects easy!

Britannica - Public Library
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An online encyclopedia with regularly updated content.
CQ Researcher
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Provides in-depth coverage of current issues with pro/con essays.
Explora
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A simple search that delivers articles and essays.
Explora Educator's Edition
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Allows teachers and librarians to easily find support materials.
Explora Elementary Schools
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A version of the Explora database with resources for elementary age children.
Explora Middle Schools
Explora Middle School logo
A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 6-8.
Explora High Schools
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A version of the Explora database with resources for grades 9-12.
LearningExpress
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Students can build their skills or practice for exams like the PSAT, ACT, and AP tests.
The Mailbox
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An activity resource for teachers featuring worksheets, activities and more.
Mango
Mango logo
Learn a language online at your own pace.
NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus logo
Looking for a good book to read? This is the database for you.
Scholastic BookFlix
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Pairs animated stories with best-selling nonfiction e-books for an interactive reading experience.
Today's Science
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Bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries by leading scientists.
World Almanac for Kids
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Resources for student reports, including articles, videos, interactives and more.
World Almanac for Kids Elementary
World Almanac for Kids logo
Provides trustworthy, kid-friendly resources for elementary grades.
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