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With Zinio, our digital newsstand, you can read current issues of your favorite magazine on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer.  All you need is a library card, access to the internet, and a few minutes to set it up.  Click here to get started!


Lawrence Community Kindle

Thanks to a very generous grant from Wal-Mart, Lawrence Public Library is giving the community a chance to populate one of our circulating Kindles. The Kindle will go live in our catalog Monday June 10th at 10 am. The first 26 people to place holds on it will each get to choose a book for us to upload onto the device.
But what if you’re not one of those lucky 26 people? Don’t worry, everyone in Lawrence will have the chance to vote for their favorite book on the kindle and then those folks that voted will get a chance to win their own kindle.
We can’t wait to see the tastes of our fellow Lawrencians!

Here are some more details.

Place your hold here.

Attention Kindle owners!

With your Lawrence Public Library card, you can now access Kindle content and more via the Sunflower eLibrary consortium. Powered by OverDrive, the Sunflower eLibrary offers ebooks in Kindle, EPUB, and PDF formats. You can also access audiobooks, music, and movies.


This ebook service is in addition to the 3M Cloud Library, which we provide through the State Library of Kansas.  Together both services offer an array of titles in multiple formats – making two great sources of ebook content for the same low price (Free!).

Computer Classes are Back in Session

Technology moves so fast these days, that it’s easy to let important tools pass you by.  We want to get you back up to speed with Computer Classes @ Lawrence Public Library!  Whether you are interested in connecting with friends and family through social media, or if you want to punch up your resume by learning workplace software – we have a class that’s right for you.  Our technology courses are perfect for beginners, but can also be a great place for seasoned users to ask a few questions or learn cool new tricks.   And the best part is – the Computer Classes are absolutely free!

Each class will last for one hour, and seating is limited so it’s important to register in advance.  To contact us, please call 843-1178 or email Lynn Koenig at

(May class dates were originally listed on Thursdays. These classes will now be offered on Tuesdays. The Computer Troubleshooting class originally listed will not be offered in May.)

Upcoming classes:

Introduction to Excel Part I
Thrusday, April 11—7pm

An introduction to Microsoft’s spreadsheet application commonly used for statistical and financial needs.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

Introduction to Excel Part II
Thursday, April 18—7pm

A continuation of the skills learned in  “Introduction to Excel Part I”.  Participants will learn how to enter and manipulate data, use functions and create simple charts and graphs.  Basic computer skills are recommended.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Thursday, April 25—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.

Introduction to Facebook
Tuesday, May 7—7pm

Get started on the web’s most popular social networking site, Facebook.  Learn how to establish an account, edit your personal information, find friends, and control content and privacy settings.  Participants must have a valid email address and be familiar with the web.

Googley Goodies
Tuesday, May 14—7pm

Chances are you’ve used Google to search the internet, but did you know they offer a great free alternative to Microsoft Office?  If not, this class is for you.  Our resident Technology Assistant gives you a guided tour of useful Google sites and services.

Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 21—7pm

Get started with Microsoft’s word processing software.  Learn how to format a document, enter and edit text, save and manage files, and more!  Basic computer skills are needed for this class.

eBooks and Audiobooks
Tuesday, May 28—7pm

Get started reading or listening to books on your phone, reader, or tablet.  This session will guide you through the steps to begin using the 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Sunflower eLibrary.  Bring your gadgets and questions.

It’s in the Bag

The most crucial aspect of any successful book club meeting is having a book to discuss – without that, you’re kinda just hanging out.  But it can be a challenge selecting a title and finding enough copies for everyone in the group.  And once everyone finally gets their hands on a copy, they tend to appreciate some time to read it.  Our Book Club in a Bag service is here to help!

In each of our Book Club Bags, we have 10-12 copies of a great book, plus a handy guide to help kick-off a lively conversation.  We have over 90 sets to choose from, ranging from literary classics to recent bestsellers, all sure to spark thoughtful discussion.  Each bag will check out for 8 weeks, giving plenty of time to distribute and enjoy the books between meetings.

To browse the Book Club in a Bag sets in our Catalog, just click here.

When you are ready to reserve your bag, simply fill out this request form.

You can request a Book Club in a Bag just days before you need it – or if your group likes to plan ahead, up to a year in advance.  If the title you selected is unavailable on your preferred date, we will let you know when it will be ready next.  The only thing left to worry about is the snacks!

Tax Time!

April 15th is just around the corner. We are one of the few places in town where you can pick up printed Federal tax forms.  We have all the basics plus an inventory of specialized formsWe do not have any Kansas tax forms.  The State of Kansas encourages all filers to use the Department of Revenue website to file electronically.  We do not offer tax help, but check out this list of free tax help spots around Lawrence.

Calling all cooks!

Do you own more cookbooks than cook pots? Do you love reading recipes? Are you trying to get in touch with your inner Julia? Or Julie? If you resemble these remarks, our new Cookbook Club is for you!  Our cookbook club meets on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 pm. And yes, we have snacks, because talking about cooking is hungry work.

Mobile Magazines!

We are thrilled to launch Zinio for Libraries - a digital newsstand that delivers magazines straight to your computer, tablet, phone, or other mobile device. With your library card and Internet access, you can choose from over 100 magazines with no checkout period or limit on issues. There’s a little bit of set up the first time you use it, but pretty soon you’ll be reading your favorite magazines.

To use Zinio for Libraries, you’ll have to create two accounts – one to access the Lawrence Public Library’s collection of digital magazines and a second to view the magazines in the Zinio Viewer. The Zinio Viewer account also enables access to the free mobile and desktop apps for PC/MAC, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire. Other devices access the magazines checked out in the library collection account via browser streaming.

Ready to get started with Zinio for Libraries?

Zinio for Libraries portal

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Check out our e-readers!

Check out our e-readers! Seriously, come and check them out. We now have twelve e-readers available to check out, including Nooks, Kindles, and Sony Readers. Each one contains a library of great titles for any reading tastes—from children’s and young adult to romance and mystery to bestsellers and nonfiction. Ready to e-read? Find them in our catalog with a subject search for “ereader” and place a request or ask a staff member for more information.  If you want to know all of the nitty gritty details about this service, read more here…

Ebooks & Libraries

You may have seen the recent article in the Lawrence Journal World about ebook lending in area libraries. Or maybe you’ve tried the State Library’s 3M ebook service, available via our website, and wondered why there aren’t more titles available. The availability of ebooks for libraries is a hot topic right now, one that is complex and a little confusing. Here’s a brief from the American Library Association about the state of ebook publishing and sales to libraries:

Who are the “Big Six” and why are they called that?
The Big Six publishers are: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. They are known as the “Big Six” because, together, they control roughly two-thirds of the U.S. consumer book publishing market.

With the October 29, 2012, announcement that Random House and Penguin plan to merge, and news in November that News Corp. (owner of HarperCollins) was in talks to acquire Simon & Schuster, the number of major publishing houses could decline to four.

What is the status of Big Six publishers selling to libraries?
While they are sometimes lumped together, the large publishers vary widely in their approaches to selling e-book titles to libraries, and conditions continue to shift as publishers change prices or restrictions and undertake pilots. As of November 27, 2012, this is the status of relations between large publishers and U.S. libraries:

  • Simon & Schuster has never offered e-books to libraries and has not indicated plans to work with libraries. Among their most popular e-book titles denied to U.S. libraries are: “Bruce” by Peter Ames Carlin and “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
  • Macmillan has never offered e-books to libraries but announced plans in September 2012 to begin a pilot to explore how they might work with libraries. Among their most popular e-book titles denied to U.S. libraries are: “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel.
  • Penguin offered titles to libraries through e-book distributor OverDrive until February 2012, when it discontinued its relationship with OverDrive. It recently launched a pilot with two large New York libraries and announced its content will be available to libraries through the 3M Cloud Library. Among the popular titles denied wide distribution to U.S. libraries are: “This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz and “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.
  • Hachette offers “backlist” (older) titles to libraries and has a pilot underway to explore conditions for offering more recent titles. OverDrive announced in September that the publisher was raising prices for its titles by about 100 percent. Among their most popular new e-book titles denied to U.S. libraries are: “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling and “NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp.
  • HarperCollins and Random House have always offered e-book titles to libraries. In February 2011, HarperCollins announced that new titles licensed from library e-book vendors would be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires. In March 2012, Random House dramatically increased prices for libraries.

What about other publishers? Do they restrict sales and/or mark up costs to libraries, too?
Licensing terms of e-books to libraries vary among other publishers. In fact, hundreds of publishers of e-books have embraced the opportunity to create new sales and reach readers
through our nation’s libraries. One recent innovation allows library patrons to immediately purchase an e-book if the library doesn’t have a copy or if there is a wait list they would like to
avoid. This offers a win-win relationship for both publishers and library users since recent research from the Pew Internet Project tells us that library users are more than twice as likely
to have bought their most recent book as to have borrowed it from a library.

Why are e-books treated differently than print books?
As content migrates from physical to digital forms, the typical access model shifts from purchasing to licensing. Digital music and online journals represent examples of this shift from
the last few decades; e-books represent the latest form of content to make this transition. As licenses are contracts, libraries receive the rights articulated in the agreements. The usual ebook license with a publisher or distributor often constrains or altogether prohibits libraries from archiving and preserving content, making accommodations for people with disabilities, ensuring patron privacy, receiving donations of e-books, and selling e-books that libraries do not wish to retain.

Why does library lending matter when so many people are able to buy what they want?
America’s libraries have always provided unfettered, no-fee access to reading materials (no matter the format), which fosters educational opportunity for all. To deny library patrons
access to e-books that are available to consumers—and which libraries are eager to purchase or license on their behalf—is discriminatory. Society benefits from library book lending because it:

  • Encourages experimentation with new authors, topics, and genres. Library lending promotes literacy, creativity, and innovation—all critical for being competitive in the global knowledge economy. This experimentation also stimulates the market of books.
  • Provides access to books to people who cannot afford to purchase them. Access to books should be available to everyone regardless of financial or other special circumstances.
  • Promotes substantive pursuits that necessitate access to diverse materials, including those that may not be popular bestsellers. Education, research and other projects may depend on access to tens, hundreds, or even thousands of books.
  • Is complemented by library support for digital literacy. The technologies, formats, and systems associated with e-books are changing rapidly. Libraries help people develop the skills necessary to make efficient and effective use of e-books as a technology and service.
  • Is accompanied by library values and advocacy on behalf of individuals. Libraries strive to ensure that personally identifiable reader information, along with reading activities, remain private.

(Last revised 11.27.12)