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Within the Library

The library sells donated and discarded books at our bookstore located in an alcove to the right of the entrance.  We use the funds to support the activities of the library.  The hours are the same as the Library.  Items may be purchased at the Circulation Desk.


  • Hard Cover: $2
  • Large Soft Cover: $1
  • Audio books: $1
  • DVDs: $1
  • Paperback: $0.50
  • Children’s Books: $0.25

The Independence Public Library offers over 700 free classes and events each year in the library and throughout the community.  Check out our calendar page to see our upcoming events.

The library has a color printer, scanner, black and white copier, color copier and a fax machine available for use at the library.  For prices see our Equipment Use policy.

The Independence Public Library offers a genealogy collection and research services.  The collection consists of books, microfiche and online research databases.  Please see our Research It page for more information or stop by the library for help with all of your research needs.

The library offers free help with homework after school.  We have books, magazines, reference materials, online databases, free wi-fi, computers and in-person assistance.

The library has meeting spaces available for the public use. Please see our Meeting Spaces page for more information or contact the library@ or at 620.331,3030.

The Independence Public Library offers one-on-one technology assistance for minor help with computers, cell phones and tablets.  Please make an appointment by calling the library at 620.331.3030. The library has the following technology equipment available for use within the library:

  • computer
  • copier — color and black and white
  • microfiche scanner and printer
  • fax
  • printer — color and black and white
  • projector
  • scanner
  • smartboard

Outreach to the Community

  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Renaissance Man
  • The Entitled Generation
  • Hidden Figures: Minorities at NASA
  • From Peoples Temple to Jonestown

For more information on each exhibit contact Brandon West at brandon@

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

The Library staff are available for presentations about events or materials available at the library or other areas of expertise on the part of library staff. Please contact the library at 620.331,3030 to ask if someone is available on the date needed.

The Children’s Librarian is available to do storytimes at pre-schools and other community activities as time allows.  Please contact the library at 620.331.3030 and ask for the Children’s Librarian for more information on the program.  Also, there is storytime in the library.  Please see our calendar for the date and times.

Collections for Use by the Public

Free borrowing (or interlibrary loan) of magazine or journal articles, books, DVDs, and other library materials is available with a library card.  Materials may be placed on hold from home or within the library.  If you need assistance with this or any other library services, the library staff is available to help.

The Library has both regular and large print books available for check out with a library card.  Also, on the second floor there are sets of books available for book clubs to check out.

The Library has many types of games available for use within the library.  There are toys, puzzles, a Virtual Reality system, a telescope, coloring pages and many other forms of entertainment. We also have video games available for check out with a library card.

For the people who ride their bicycles to the library, we have bike locks available for check out from the front desk.  It is advisable to always lock a bike up when left outside the library.  Scooters and skateboards may be left behind the front desk for safe-keeping while in the library.

The library has many databases available for use.  Please see our Download It and Research It page for more information.

For all of the latest DVDs or even favorites from the past, come check out our DVD collection.  We have movies, documentaries, TV shows and exercise videos for free checkout with a library card.

Coming Soon

We have free movies, audio books, ebooks and music for checkout with a library card from any electronic device in the privacy of your own home.  See our Download It page from more information.  If you need a library card or help setting up your device, come into the library for free assistance.

Exercise DVDs are available for check out with a library card. We offer a free two-week access to Cornerstone Family Fitness with a library card, limited to availability. The following exercise equipment is also available for checkout with a library card:

  • Yoga Resistance Band
  • Mini Stepper
  • Ab Wheel
  • Under desk bike
  • Sitting Stepper (seniors)
  • Body Twister
  • Hand Grip
  • Hula Hoop
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