The McPherson Public Library is a busy place: over 10,500 people of all ages pass through our doors each month — checking out library materials, using our public PCs or Wi-Fi, doing research, attending a program, or seeking some quiet time.
I’m proud of the support we receive from the McPherson community: it shows in our quality services, collections, and programs, and it shows in our exceptional staff, and amazing building. We’re your retreat for discovery.
~ Steve Read, Library Director
Borrower's Policies in Brief
You can obtain a borrower’s card free of charge by filling out a short application and presenting the necessary identification. If you don’t have a valid Kansas drivers license/ID showing your current address, other forms of idenification and address verification are accepted. Please contact us in advance, and we can advise you regarding the necessary information to bring with you.
A parent or adult over 18 must complete this process and sign the registration card at the library for children’s cards (not yet in high school).
You may renew most items twice, either in person, on our online catalog, via text, email or the telephone. Items which are on reserve for another patron may not be renewed.
We can place a hold on any item in our collection which is checked out to another patron or is on the shelf in the library. We will notify you via the method of your choice when it is ready for you to pick up
You may return items which you have checked out either inside the library or at one of our outside book return locations — one at the main entrance to the library and the other at the north entrance. Both are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There are no fines for overdue children’s and teen materials.
For adult materials, following a grace period of one day past the due date, we charge a fine of 10 cents per day for each overdue item, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Fines do not accrue on days the library is closed.
We assess a charge equal to the original cost of the item without discounts for all lost/damaged materials.
If you discover a lost item after paying for it, your payment for will be refunded if the item is returned in good condition within 30 days. If the item was overdue at the time it was reported as lost, then the library will deduct the fine from the refund.
Replacement cards are free of charge. You are responsible for promptly notifying the library of lost or stolen cards.
Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out to a lost or stolen card that is not reported as such.
The McPherson Public Library is a member of the South Central Kansas Library System