You can get a free Wichita Public Library card at any
library location, or you can begin the registration process online.
Pre-registration will give you a temporary library card number allowing you to place hold requests on physical materials, but will not work with electronic resources like databases and e-books. After pre-registering, you must visit
a Wichita Public Library location to complete the registration process and obtain your permanent library card.
Anyone may open a free Wichita Public Library account to obtain either a borrower's card or an e-card. There are some differences in the services offered between a borrower's card and an e-card:
Proof of identity with name and proof of current address are necessary to get a borrower's card. Photo identification is preferred but not required.
Photo identification with name and date of birth is necessary to get an e-card. Address verification is not required for an e-card.
Some examples of acceptable I.D. to obtain a library card are:
Those under the age of 18 need an adult 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.
In addition to your Wichita Public Library borrower's card or e-card, you may be eligible to receive a Kansas Library eCard. The Kansas Library eCard is a free service provided by the State Library of Kansas in Topeka that grants access to online resources like research databases, e-books, and e-audiobooks.
The following information applies to most people with a borrower's card. Non-Kansas residents are limited to two items checked out at any time.
* No renewals** Total physical checkouts cannot exceed 150 items. Does not apply to e-books, e-audiobooks, or e-magazines.*** Internet bundles check out for 4 weeks. All other Library of Things items check out for 2 weeks.**** Hotspots and internet bundles have a $0.25 daily overdue fee. All other Library of Things items have a $1 daily overdue fee.
A card association grants another person limited access to your library account. This is typically used to allow a friend or family member to pick up your hold requests. An association also allows that person to pay fees, renew materials, and obtain a list of items currently checked out. The
My Record page on the Library's catalog will show you a list of all the people associated with your account.
Association requests may be made in person, by telephone, or
online. This will grant another person access to your account, but you will not have access to that person's account unless they also submit an association request.
Minors are automatically associated with the account of the adult who signs for their library card. The signing adult may allow additional adults to be associated with the minor's account.
Any adult may request to have an association removed immediately. Requests may be made in person, by telephone, or
You are responsible for any items charged to your account. Do not let others borrow your library card. If it is lost or stolen, notify the Library immediately. A replacement card costs $2.
Materials may be returned to any Wichita Public Library facility, no matter where they are checked out. Materials drops are available at all locations.
If an item you want is checked out, you may be added to a waiting list. We can notify you by e-mail, text message, or phone call. Once notified that your items are being held for you, please pick them up before the end of the reserve period. For each item not picked up prior to that date, a $1 unclaimed fee will be charged. If you no longer need an item you requested, please contact
the location holding the item to cancel the request so your account will not be charged and to make the item available for other customers. If you plan to travel, you can inactivate a request until your return, saving your spot in the request queue.
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.