About Us


Our mission is connecting people to information, learning, and culture.

  • Service minded
  • People centered
  • Lifelong learning

At a Glance

33,000 library cardholders

Annual circulation of more than half a million items a year

The collection includes more than 268,000 items

Reached more than 13,000 children, teens and adults through programming and outreach in 2018

About 45,000 internet sessions per year

More than 1,100 children, teens, and adults participated in Summer at the Library in 2018


History

1899: Voters agreed to finance the community’s first city-owned library.

1900: The mayor appointed a library board and Salina Public library opened for business in the Odd Fellow Hall on Seventh Street.

1903: A new $15,000 Carnegie library was completed near the corner of Eighth Street and Iron Avenue.

1929: Addition completed to Carnegie building.

1965: The city passed a bond issue to erect a new library on the city-county complex at Ninth and Elm Street.

1968: Grand opening for the new building was held on Sept. 29.

1990s: The library automated the card catalog and circulation system; computer hardware and software, as well as other technology, were added for staff and patron use.

1992: Planning began for a major renovation project.

1996: Construction began to convert the unfinished basement into an area for youth services and to add a community room. The first floor was remodeled for various adult services.

2003: The library board decided to build a 7,000-square-foot, $1 million expansion that would house the ever-expanding technology services — a training room, more Internet stations, a digital design studio and a conference room.

2005: The library's Technology Center officially opened in the spring.


Board of Trustees

The library is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Mayor as provided in K.S.A. 12-1222, with powers and duties as provided in Kansas Statutes 12-1215 and 12-1225. The Board has the authority to levy a property tax budget for the support and operation of the library. The Board hires an administrator, the Library Director, and they establish the policies by which the library is administered.

The Board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 a.m. Agendas are available online.

Board Email: splboard@salpublib.org

  • Brendan Burke - President
  • Phil Bowman - Vice President
  • David Greiser - Treasurer
  • Judy Nold - Secretary
  • Gerry Cox
  • Mary Lemon
  • Karen Bonar
  • Trent Davis, Mayor