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As librarians, it goes against our very nature to suspend services to our community.  However, we also want to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.  So, beginning March 18, the library will be closed to foot traffic and all programming is either postponed or cancelled.    However, some services will still be available.

From 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday – Friday until April 1, library staff will be available to answer calls, check out library items and facilitate faxing and printing.  On April 1, the situation will be re-evaluated and appropriate action regarding the library will be taken.

WifiAvailable 24/7 around the library

CheckoutsTo request items for checkout you can call the library or  access your online account and the library catalog to reserve your selected items. We will pull them, check them out and put them in a bag with your name on it.  You may pick up your bag in the entryway of the library at your convenience.  Due date for all Whitewater Library items is April 30 so there is no reason to fret about getting items returned in the usual 3 weeks.  However, if you do want to return items, please place them in the book return on the east side of the library.  Please do not return items in the entryway.

Printing/Faxing:  For essential, time-sensitive items that need to be printed or faxed i.e. medical forms, business forms, etc, please call to make arrangements.

Because many libraries are closed and courier service is suspended, Inter-library Loan services are unavailable for the foreseeable future.

For up-to-date information, please check website, and the typical posting sites around Whitewater.

Library Closed

As librarians, it goes against our very nature to suspend services to our community. However, we also want to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. So, as of 5:00 pm today, March 18, 2020, the library will be closed to foot traffic until further notice. All upcoming events are cancelled/postponed. Stay tuned for more in-depth information via FB, and the usual posting sites in Whitewater.

Changes at the Library

We recently migrated to a new circulation system named Apollo. As in all technology changes, there have been some snags. The notices you’ve been receiving may not be coming to you like usual so we encourage you to contact us. We want to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. Thanks for your patience as we work through these snags!

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All You Need to Know About Ebooks *Updated*

The Kansas State Library offers digital book e-lending.  There are hundreds of available titles for both children and adults. And all you need is a Kansas Library Card!


BookFlix: Animated picture story books matched with a non-fiction book.  Each book pair may also have 2-3 games/puzzles.


3M Cloud Library: Contains larger publishers, so you’ll see bestsellers here.  Mostly fiction, with some popular non-fiction.  This works like your normal library, where if all copies of a book are checked out, you place a hold. 

Enki: Includes self-published books in its catalog of small-medium publishers.  It also has a great variety of both fiction and non-fiction.  Cooking, crafts, and DIY have good selection.  Since the catalog is large (about 40,000 books) and it is fairly new, holds are still uncommon.

Freading:  All books are always available.  Lots of variety in both fiction and non-fiction, there are even graphic novels.  Smaller publishers, but the catalog has over 50,000 books in it and more are added at least once a week.

Total Boox: Total Boox offers a new model for reading, with no holds, no expirations, no limitations, no fines. Download as many ebooks as you want from the catalog of 50,000 ebooks, and keep them as long as you want. You never have to return them, and they never disappear from your device.

Britannica E-STAX: Non-fiction for kids, unlimited access.


Project Gutenberg: Ebooks in the public domain.  Look here if you want a classic.  Read in browser or download to device.

LibriVox: Audio version of books in the public domain, read by volunteer narrators.  Listen in browser or download.

United for Literacy: Picture ebooks with audio, audio can be played in several languages.

All information taken from the Kansas State Library website. For more information, visit  All of these resources are linked on the right side of our homepage.