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Get a Library Card

A young boy holds a Wichita Public Library borrower's card

Welcome to your library!

You can get a free Wichita Public Library card at any library location, or you can begin the registration process online.

Pre-register Online

Pre-registration will give you a temporary library card number allowing you to place hold requests on library 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.

What You Will Need

Anyone may open a free Wichita Public Library account. Non-Kansas residents will have limited borrowing privileges.

A printed form of identification with a name and current address is necessary to get a card. Photo identification is preferred. Some examples are:

  • Driver's license
  • Kansas ID card
  • Government-issued ID
  • Passport

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.

E-Cards are available for adults or children who only wish to access our computers, Wi-Fi, digital collections, and electronic resources. You cannot borrow any other materials using an E-Card. For adults, a photo ID is required to get an E-Card. For minors, photo identification of the minor or authorizing adult is required.

What You Can Get

Material Type Loan Period (Weeks) Checkout Limit** Maximum Requests Overdue Fees (Per Day)
Audiobook 4 No Limit 16 $0.25
Blu-ray 1 8 16 $1
Blu-ray (New) 1 4 8 $1
Book 2-4 No Limit 50 $0.25
Book Set 6* 20 0 $0.25
DVD 1 No Limit 16 $1
DVD (New) 1 8 16 $1
E-book & E-audiobook 1-3 5 10 None
E-magazine Varies by magazine* No Limit None None
Laptop 3 hours* 1 0 $15 per hour
Literary Resource 8 No Limit 50 $0.25
Magazine 2 No Limit 50 $0.25
Motor Manual 2 4 8 $0.25
Music CD 4 No Limit 16 $0.25
Music CD (New) 2 8 16 $0.25
Playaway/Playaway Wonderbook 4 4 8 $0.25
Tablet 2* 1 1 $1
Vertical File 2 No Limit 50 $0.25

* No renewals
** Total checkouts cannot exceed 150 items. Does not apply to e-books, e-audiobooks, or e-magazines.


A card association grants another person limited access to your library account. The most common use for this is to allow a friend or family member to pick up your hold requests. An association also allows this 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.

Starting an Association

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.

Stopping an Association

Any adult may request to have an association removed immediately. Requests may be made in person, by telephone, or online.

Rules & Responsibilities

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 for $0.25 per item. 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.

Good Standing

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

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