Book Delivery to Your Home


Readers Who Are Unable to Visit the Library in Person
No Transportation
Don't Want to go out in Bad Weather, etc.

Information We Need:

What Type of Books do you Prefer?


Certain Authors?
Certain Titles?

How Many Books Would You Like at a Time?


Every Two Weeks

If you are interested in this service or have any questions, please call 781-4925.


We have three computers with internet access and  two printers available for use by the general public for research.  We also have one computer upstairs, which may be used for writing word documents, etc.

We have wireless internet for those of you that are interested.

Each user is limited to thirty minutes, however, the librarian may use discretion in extending time.

Patrons under 18 years of age must be attended by parent or guardian or must have a signed consent by parent or guardian.

Prices for printer copies are as follows:

$ .15 each for black and white copies
$ .30 each for color copies
$1.00 each for all photo copies

Blue Skyways

Blue Skyways is a service of the Kansas State Library.

Site Features:

Library Services
KanFind Databases
Kansas Library Card
Library Directory
Library Events
Towns and Cities
Genealogy Resources
The Carnegie Legacy

Federal Tax Forms

We now have Federal Forms and Instructions: 1040EZ, 2441, and forms 8812, 1040 and 1040A, Schedule F, and Schedule SE forms.

Summer Library Program

Fizz, Boom, Read!

June 2-  June 6

Pre-school thru 6th grade.

10am - 11am

This program is for all ages of children. There will be reading and many activities. A schedule will be sent home with children on June 2. Anyone that needs a ride or assistance crossing the highway, please contact the library at 781-4925.

Free Brochures

State Park guides
Visitor guides for local attactions
City brochures
Motels and guest houses
Consumer information catalog
Parenting guides

These are a few of the many brochures available.

Audio Books

We have the following audio books in the library:

Power of a Woman, by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Ghost, by Danielle Steel
The Long Road Home, by Danielle Steel
Cradle and All, by James Patterson
Wild Animals, by Rich Shapero
A Stranger's Game, by Joan Johnston
Suddenly, by Barbara Delinsky
Let Me Call You Sweetheart, by Mary Higgins Clark
The Street Lawyer, by John Grisham
All Through the Night, by Mary Higgins Clark
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Deep Dish by Mary Andrews
The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnel
61 Hours by Lee Child
Worth Dying For by Lee Child
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
The Assassin by Stephen Coonts
Death Wave by Stephen Coonts
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
Now you See Her by Joy Fielding
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Dirty White Boy by Stephen Hunter
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
Theodore Boone by John Grisham
Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman
Quinn by Iris Johansen
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Sixkill by Robert B. Parker
The Border Lords by T. Jefferson Parker
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
Tick Tock by James Patterson
Marley & Me by John Grogan
Mark Twain Stories
Nine Minutes & Twenty Seconds by Gary M. Pomerantz

Children's: Dolphins at Daybreak 

New audio books are added every other month from the Central Kansas Library System rotating truck.

If there is a particular book or author that you are interested in, let the librarian know, and she can request it for you.

Audio books may be checked out for a 3 week period also.

Magazines and Newspapers

The Cawker City Ledger is available for reading in the library.

Magazines may be checked out for 3 weeks.

Some of the magazines we have available are:

Kansas History
Midwest Living
Country Living
Taste of Home
Real Simple
Better Homes & Gardens

We also have magazines to give away.

We have a large collection of National Geographic Magazines dating from 1915 to 2006. Anyone interested in any of these magazines should contact the library.

Microfilm Reader/Printer

We have microfilm dating from 1881 to the present on the following newspapers:

Cawker City Ledger
Glen Elder News
Tipton Times
Hunter Herald
Tri County News
Simpson News

If we don't have what you are looking for, the librarian can order it for you.

Microfilm cannot be checked out, but may be viewed on our reader at the library. A printer is also available.

Kansas Library Card

Kansas has purchased $ 1.5 million dollars in online resources every Kansan can use in the library or at home using the Web. Every Kansan has a right to use these resources, but you need a Kansas Library Card.

You need to complete a form with the librarian to obtain a Kansas Library Card.

Some of the resources available through the Kansas Library Card include two online encyclopedias, the complete text of thousands of articles, and descriptions of educational activities.

Resources available for genealogists includes the complete census from 1790 to 1920 (and portions of the 1930) and the complete text of 25,000 family and local histories.

Genealogical Society

The North Central Kansas Genealogical Society was organized in September, 1977. It is located in the Paris room upstairs in the Cawker City Public Library. The goal of the society is to continue the collection of family histories and records of the pioneers of our area. The society provides information on many counties in Kansas with resources from Mitchell, Jewell, Osborne, and Smith counties, including books, cemetery records, newspapers and microfilm of some censuses and many indexes. There are several self-help books and books of New England records.

Queries are answered with a self addressed stamped envelope with a charge for copies. The address is:

The North Central Kansas Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 251
Cawker City, Kansas 67430

Contacts: Dorothy Reling in Cawker City, ----Ph. 785-781-4303
Ray Terry in Glen Elder, ----------Ph. 785-545-3284

Membership in the society is open to anyone trying to preserve our history. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month. Visitors are always welcome.


Cawker City first had a library soon after its incorporation, when a group of the town's professional men established a lending collection in the office of the local physician. Within ten years they requested that the women of Cawker City form a Library Club to provide library service to residents of this Mitchell County town.

In 1884, through the generosity of Dr. G.W. Chapman, a building of native limestone was erected, and this one-room structure served as the library for eighty-six years. Residents of Cawker City voted to maintain the library as a public library in the 1950's, and in 1970 the city council included space for the library in the renovated city building at the center of town, thus freeing the original stone building for use as a city museum. The present facilities include the main holdings on the first floor, and the second floor includes space for YA section, Kansas Section and Genealogy.
The Cawker City Public Library has a history of loving service by volunteers, and many activities are provided with assistance of board members and patrons. The Cawker City Library provides many services: free public access computers, magazines, Talking Books, interlibrary loans, movies on VHS and DVD's, microfilm reader/printer, Kansas Collection, Rotating Book Collection, local history, new books, Summer Library Program, and HomeworkKansas. The library yearly participates in the Twine-A-Thon parade.
A unique feature of the Cawker City Public Library is that it serves as headquarters for the North Central Kansas Genealogical Society.

As a member of CKLS from its organization, Cawker City has received many benefits to improve service to its patrons, and enjoys particularly the interlibrary loan and new books services. The staff and board members regularly participate in CKLS workshops.

Kansas Section

Stop by and see our new Kansas Section at the front of the library. Material you can find here includes:

Kansas maps and Visitors Guide "Kansas As Big As You Think"
Videos of Library Read-a-Thons
Videos of Sr. Citizens: School Memories, Remember When..., and A Walk in the Past
Books by Thomas C. Hinkle
Scrapbooks of the library, Waconda Lake, and the Ball of Twine
Kansas Traveler newspaper
Kansas History books
Numerous other books on Kansas

Checking out books, videos and DVDs

You must be of school age or older to check out books.

Books may be checked out for a three -week period, and may be renewed for an additional three weeks by visiting or calling the library.

Certain encyclopedias and reference books are not to be removed from the library.

Fines may be assessed at the rate of 20 cents per day or $1.00 per week. There may be a free week of forgiveness each year in which books may be returned without subject to fines.

Video and DVD tapes and video games may be checked out for five days with a limit of two at a time.


What is it?

Live tutors help students with science, social studies, math and English.

Who is it for?

Any student in 4th through 12th grades and students taking college introductory level courses.

What does it cost?


When is it available?

Seven days a week from 4 to 11 pm

Contact the library for more information.

Interlibrary Loan

Your librarian can obtain books, movies, games and other items, from other libraries for you. Let her know the specific title and author of the book you are wanting, and she can request it for you.   Starting March 9, 2013, there will no longer be a $1.00 fee charged for Interlibrary Loans.

CKLS Rotating Books

The Central Kansas Library System rotating truck visits the library every other month. Leaving the library numerous books, audios and games. This includes non-fiction, fiction, western, mystery, romance, inspirational and large print for all ages.

Special Thanks

The library would like to show their appreciation to the following people for their donation of money, books, videos, games, magazines or other items and for the people that have assisted, participated or  donated items for programs.

Pam Carter
Theresa Hoffman
Jessie Shields
Missy Esfeld
Margie Sheppard
Gail Santy
Maribeth Shafer
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Conyac
Janet Flower-Cochran
Vera Smith
Father Damien Richards
Helen Goff
Rita and Cindy Moritz
Shane Newton
Roberta Bock
Patrick Ross
Jessica Arnoldy
Tanner Bowles
Devin Crawford
Mason Duskie
Caleb Hake
Ringneck Ranch
Anne Reif
Dan Wilkerson
Mark Harding
Corner Drug & Gift
Brenity Fosdick
Bev Remus
Velda Bowman
Dionn Hake
Friends of the Beloit Library
Downs Carnegie Library
Bryan Shoemaker
Kathy Heinze
Rita Schroeder
Moe Dugan
Shanna Duskie
Ray and Loretta Terry
Minnie Wiese
Justin Crawford
Donna Weeks
Barb Lomax
The Corner
Tammy Koch
Steve and Robbin Seymour
Nancy Rothenberg
Ruby Jewell
Kathy Pirotte Heinze
Warren and Jean Inskeep
Dayla Nichols Schmidt
Vern and Helen Shoemaker
Chris and Kathy Ripple
Lottie Herod
Lee Mick
Steve Weber
Renee Green
Nichole Larson
Tammy, Chance and Trinity Hoffman
Kay Jones
Mrs. Judy Haidt
Erma Luckey
Cawker City Senior Center
Kathy Bowles
Aelaina and Analecia Roubedeaux
Bill Stacy
Nancy Hardin
Paul and Lisa LaRoque
Henry and Debby Armknecht
Solomon Valley Cinema
Ryan and Sarah Lynch
Sue Wise
Joan Wagner
Downs Super Foods
Paula Newlin, Lakeside Liquor
Vikki Aramendi
Doug Lowden
Mr. and Mrs. Cruse
Brenda Schultz
Brad Goheen
Marilyn Peterson
Class of 1990
Brenda Newman
Dorothy Beattie
Berta Burda
Cawker City Community Club
B & B Liquor
Dale Wooton
American Legion
Tom & Norma Veasey
Myra Meadows
Gary and Virginia Wilson
Leon Dubbert
Brian Park
Henry and Mary Ann Park
Kevin and Teresa Peterson
Theresa and Eric Baker
Linda Kastrup
Kathy Webster
Krell Family
Father Don McCarthy
Nicholas Koster
Sherry Knouf
Catlin's Friendly Apple Market
Phyllis Thull
Erin Brown
Amy Stanfield
Layne Elmore
Nadine Pirotte
Boyd Hamilton
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Nancy Rothberg
Wise Construction
Solomon Valley Cinema
D'Meris and Wayne Musgrove
Judy Rodell
Val Redinger
Leona Flavin
Kassidi Krell
Family of Jim Thompson
Family of Kay Thull
Logan Benton
Teresa Cobb
Chris Koster
Jennifer Brown
Lois Schreuder
Ruth Koster family
City of Cawker
Koster's Home Center
Bill and Pam Brummer
Ross and Cher Olson
Kent Koster
Sunflower Manufacturing
The Cut Above
McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service
Frank and Carol Porter
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Johnston
Jean and Marion Brown
Susan Scott
Cassi Walsh, Carter and Reid
Jim & Kathy Hughes
Cunningham Telephone
Katie Koster
Hal and Dottie Roberts
Merlin and Virginia Olberding
Kathy Koster
Cheryl Maus
Alta Stech
Nathan Weeks
Shirley Smith
Majean Schneider
Pearl Stearns
Lois Wise
Chuck and Dolly Barr
Carol Weeks
Tammy Wiles
Mary Bader
Linda Schmidt
Mildred and Dorothy Reling
Betty Kiefer
Jenny Bowles
Howie and Paula Fitzpatrick
Ellie Garten
Cassi S. Farrelly
Family of Martha Koster
Family of Bob Stanley
Beloit-Pizza Hut
Janelle Remus
Eastern Star-Linda Clover
Paula Wendlandt
Agape Shop
Corey Dean
Deon Dean
Simon Lyman
Leona Breeden

A great big Thank You!