Obtain & Use a Library Card
A photo id and proof of current address is required to apply for a library card. Acceptable proof of current address includes:
- Mail postmarked within the last 10 days.
- Utility bill, rental agreement or electronic bill.
- If a document with current address is not available, visit the Library and ask for a postcard to be sent. Once you receive the postcard, it can be used as proof of current address.
- A parent or guardian must accept responsibility for cards issued to their children under the age of 18.
- Leavenworth Library cards can be used at Lansing Community Library and other NEXT consortium libraries.
For information on borrowing rules, limits, fines and fees, and other card privileges view the Borrowing Services page.
Fort Leavenworth residents have access to all Library services, including borrowing, programs, e-content access and more.
NEKLS & NEXT Search Catalog
The Leavenworth Public Library is part of the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS), which includes the NEXT consortium, a group of 51 libraries working together to provide material to patrons across northeast Kansas. The NEXT catalog contains material from all consortium libraries that patrons of any consortium library may access.
Access Account Online
Use the Log in to My Account link at top of the Library’s website to log in with full card number and password. Once logged in items can be renewed, pay fines with PayPal, view guarantee’s checkouts if applicable, place holds and access digital content.
Patrons may return items inside the Library, in the book and media returns at the main desk, outside the Library via the book drop in the parking lot or the main entrance. Leavenworth Library materials can be returned at any NEXT consortium library, including Lansing Community Library.
A hold is a reservation placed on an item in the NEXT catalog. When the item arrives at the Library you will be notified based on your account preferences: email, phone or postcard. The item remains at the main desk for 7 days allowing time to pick it up. Holds are the best way to get the newest items in the catalog faster, and to access items from other consortium libraries.
For instructions on how to place a hold view the How to Place a Hold page.
Patrons can grant account access and circulation privileges to another person. An authorized user can pick up holds, check items out, inquire about the account and pay fines but is not permitted to use the card for library computer access.
Authorized users must show a photo id or their Library card to confirm identity before staff will perform any transaction on the authorized account. Staff may ask for details, like date of birth or address, on the authorized account to confirm proper account is being accessed.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) requests can be made for items not found in the NEXT catalog. For more details visit the Interlibrary Loan Services page.
Kansas Library e-Card
The State Library of Kansas offers residents of Kansas access to databases, e-books and other content funded by the State of Kansas. Home access to these resources require a Kansas Library e-Card. To obtain a State Library e-card see Reference staff.
Computer & Internet Access
Public internet computers open for use with social distancing in place, one hour limit with Leavenworth Public Library card, 30 minutes with guest pass.
When health conditions are safe again, Leavenworth library and NEXT cardholders are granted three hours of access each day on library computer terminals. You will need your library card number and associated password. If you forgot your card number or password, please check with library staff.
Visitors who do not have a Leavenworth Public Library card or card from a NEXT library may request a thirty minute computer guest pass. Adults must show a photo id with birth date to receive a guest pass. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a guest pass.
Free WiFi is available throughout the building. Laptops can be checked out for up to one day on an in-house basis. Laptops connect to the internet through the WiFi network. No password is required.
Copy & Print
The Library offers black and white copy and print services at 10¢ per page, color copy and print services at 25¢ per page. Wireless printing is also available. The coin operated machine accepts nickels, dimes, quarters, one and five dollar bills.
The Library offers faxing services, send and receive, at $1 per page. To send a fax at the Library, go to the main desk and speak to staff. A library-provided cover sheet is required when sending a fax, no charge for this page. To receive a fax at the Library, have the fax sent to 913-682-1248. When you come to the Library to pick up the fax a photo id or library card is required to confirm person retrieving fax is the proper recipient. Payment for all pages received, minus any cover page, will be required before the fax is released.
The Library offers a scanner for public use. Staff will guide patrons through the scanning process.
The Jahn, East and Board rooms are public use. The meeting rooms are available at no charge to individuals, groups, or organizations engaged in educational, civic, and cultural activities.
Expected attendance cannot exceed capacity of room. To maintain social distancing, the number of people is temporarily restricted.
Jahn Room temporary capacity: 20
East Room temporary capacity: 20
Board Room: not available
Meeting Room Policy
Meeting Room Reservations – Call the Reference Desk at 913-682-5666 ext. 2100 to reserve a room.
We are not currently accepting donations of materials. When health conditions are safe again, gifts or donations of material in these categories will be accepted:
- Books, except textbooks and encyclopedias
- Magazines published within the last 12 months
- Music CDs
- Audiobooks in CD format
- Video Games for current player/devices
- Board Games
- Donation of other items will be considered on a case-by-case basis
The Library will not accept any material or other items that are moldy, foul smelling or otherwise in damaged or poor condition. All accepted donations will be used or disposed of as the Library determines is appropriate, using the same criteria set forth in the Collection Development policy.
Monetary and material donations to the Leavenworth Public Library are tax deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Valuation of the material donation is the responsibility of the donor. The Library will provide documentation acknowledging accepted donations.
Tax deductible monetary donations may also be made to the Leavenworth Public Library Foundation.
To inquire if volunteer opportunities are available, contact the Library at 913-682-5666 to speak with the Assistant Director (ext. 9200) or Youth Services Supervisor (ext. 9300). A volunteer application is required to be on file.