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Contact

                  785-825-4624
                  301 W. Elm - Salina, KS - 67401 

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Library Hours

                 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
                 Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
                 Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. 

Community Engagement

 Youth Community Engagement Home Delivery  CLASS  Little Libraries  Pop-Up Library
Lobby Stops Speakers Bureau Reading Programs  Book Drop Locations

 Salina Public Library serves patrons both inside its building and out in the community. We want to meet your needs. Share your ideas with us here.


 Youth Community Engagement

Storytimes are presented at local early childhood educations centers during the school year. We currently visit:

    • Salina Child Care
    • St. Mary's Love 'n' Learn.

Bitty Bites Salina Public Library partners with CAPS, Salina Emergency Food Bank and K-State Extension Services to provide a monthly program for parents and their preschoolers. The children take part in story time, then make a snack inspired by the book. Parents learn tips on how to aid their child's development. Bitty Bites takes place at the Salina Emergency Food Bank, 255 S. Chicago. Sign up is required by calling Peggy at CAPS 785-825-4493.

Child Care Delivery is a new service offered by the library and is available to registered child care providers in Salina. Fill out an application to begin receiving monthly deliveries of children's books.

For more information about Youth Community Engagement services contact Lori at (785) 825-4624, ext. 249, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Home Delivery

    • Patrons who are temporarily or permanently confined to their homes or who live in nursing homes, care centers or retirement residences may have library materials delivered to them at no charge. Home Delivery is available to residents of Salina. To enroll in Home Delivery, call Lori at (785) 825-4624, ext. 249, or print an application form.
    • Homebound patrons requiring audiobooks may be interested in the CKLS Talking Books Service. They provide books and magazines in braille and in audio format, along with the audio equipment needed. To set up this service, visit their website or call 1-800-362-2642.

Little Libraries

A Little Library is a "take a book, leave a book" free book exchange. Donated and discarded library materials are distributed to our eight Little Libraries. Book donations are accepted at the library anytime during regular business hours. Little Libraries are located at:

      • Kansas Wesleyan University, at the corner of Highland Ave. and Claflin St.
      • YMCA, 570 YMCA Dr.
      • Jerry Ivey Memorial Park, 735 E. Magnolia Rd.
      • Salina Regional Health Center lobby, 400 S. Santa Fe Ave.
      • Hawthorne Park, 715 N. Ninth St.
      • Sunset Park, 700 W. Sunset Dr.
      • Salina Area Technical College, 2562 Centennial Rd.
      • Centennial Park, 746 Commanche Ave.

For a map of these locations, click here. TIP: Scroll in close to see icons.

 

Adopt a Little Library is a new program where individuals, organizations, clubs, or other groups are encouraged to adopt a Little Library to stock it and care for it for one year. Contact Lori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Thank you to our current adopters:

 Melanie Terrill and Mike Soetaert

Altrusa International of Salina

The Chaffin family

          North Salina Community Development

Stony Ridge 4-H Club

          James Hawley

          Salina Shares


Pop-Up Library is a summer and fall service that takes the mobile library out into the community and allows patrons to check out materials, get a library card, and more. Look for us around town! For more information, or to alert us of an event where we might want to "pop up", contact Lori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Lobby Stops were introduced in spring 2014 and are quite popular. Library materials are taken to residential locations once a month so residents can browse the collection, check out books, visit with the librarian, and enjoy library service without leaving home. Current lobby stop locations are:

    • Johnstown Towers, 623 Johnstown Ave.
    • Smoky Hill Villa Apartments, 2145 Tulane
    • Arbor Court, 1000 Schippel
    • McCall Manor, 626 S. Third St.
    • Presbyterian Manor, 2601 E. Crawford
    • Eaglecrest, 1501 E. Magnolia
    • Willow Grove Apartments, 1226 E. Kirwin

Reading Programs

  • Salina Reads is an annual community-wide read sponsored by Salina Public Library that takes place in September and October. Adults and teens are encouraged to be on the book selection committee, read the selected book, attend book discussions and programs, and have fun at the Salina Reads kickoff event. For more information about Salina Reads, or to sign up to be on the book selection committee, contact Lori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (785) 825-4624, ext. 249.
    Past Salina Reads selections:
    2013  "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon
    2014  "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan
    2015 "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Monday Night Book Discussions are held monthly at the library and cover a range of reading genres. For more information, click here or contact Nancy Jo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Book Discussions at KWU take place twice per semester and are held on the Kansas Wesleyan University campus. Titles up for discussion are multidisciplinary in nature and are a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Lori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Summer Reading Program takes place every June and July and has components for children, teens, and adults. Readers set goals and along the way can win prizes, play games and celebrate their reading success with a party. For more information, contact Angela for the adult program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Kristi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the children and teen programs.

  • Get Caught Reading at the Festival is how the library takes part in the annual Smoky Hill River Festival on the second weekend in June. Library staff roam the festival grounds searching for readers of all ages. Readers' names are entered in a drawing to win cool prizes. For more information, contact Lori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Book Drop Locations

Salina Public Library's three remote book drops are available for returning most library items. Materials are collected each morning (early afternoon on Sundays). Book drops are located at Dillon's stores:

  • 1201 W. Crawford St. 
  • 2350 Planet Ave.
  • 1235 E. Cloud St.

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Testimonials

"When I was young, I loved the library and called it the libaray (ly-ba-ray!). Thirteen years later, I am still an avid reader and love the library."
-Anonymous patron