About North Central Kansas Libraries



The North Central Kansas Libraries System is a regional System of cooperating libraries whose purpose is to better utilize human and material resources by sharing programs and services.



North Central Kansas Libraries System is a regional system of cooperating libraries serving and governed by local public libraries in this area of the state.



North Central Kansas Libraries System (NCKL) is one of seven regional library systems in the State of Kansas established by law in 1965 (K.S.A. 75-2547 through 57-2552).

The law states: “The purpose of this act is for the State in cooperation with local libraries to provide adequate library services to all citizens of the State through the regional systems of cooperating libraries herein provided, by use of joint planning and financing of library services to improve existing service, to utilize such federal aid funds as may be available and to extend library service to persons not having the same at this time.” (K.S.A. 75-2547)



NCKL includes the twelve counties of Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee, and Washington. NCKL population is approximately 230,000 people. Fifty-two libraries are currently participating in system services and programs. Affiliate member libraries are: Blue Valley High School, Council Grove High School, Flint Hills Technical College, Hale Library (KSU), Hillsboro High School, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan Christian College, Valley Heights Jr.-Sr. High School, Wamego High School.

Membership and participation in the system are voluntary on the part of each library. Each member maintains its independence and local autonomy.



The system is governed by a system board provided for in K.S.A. 75-2550. The NCKL board is made up of one representative selected by each participating library’s board plus eight representatives appointed by the Governor to represent that area which is outside the individual boards’ districts. The system board as a whole meets once a year, and elects twelve members to serve as the Executive Committee for NCKL. The Executive Committee meets every other month. View the system bylaws.



The system is financed by a tax on the areas of those counties where a district, township, city, or county library tax is not being levied. Federal and State funds are also made available to help support system services, with additional funds coming from counties that must contract for system services.

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By Laws

North Central Kansas Libraries System Bylaws Purpose. The purpose of this organization shall be to provide through a system of cooperating libraries, improved library service to all citizens in the North Central Kansas Area, and to otherwise promote the library interests of the State of Kansas.   Article 1. Name A. The name of this …

Executive Committee

Where do the Executive Committee Members Come From? The Executive Committee members come from each of the 12 counties in the North Central Kansas Libraries region, plus 2 members are appointed by the Governor. They serve 4 year terms. Dates for the meetings 2018 January 25, 2018 March 28, 2018 May 31, 2018 August 2, …

Holiday Closings

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Map of Libraries

Clicking on the name of the town will open a new browser window to that library’s web site or a directory with more information about the library. Clicking on the county will open a new browser window to more information about the county. To learn more about the county status and various library types, click …


Newsletters of North Central Kansas Libraries Current and past issues of newsletters for the system are posted here. They contain a variety of information from various staff members from the system center and also the member libraries and their staff. NOTE: You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files. Acrobat Reader is available free …


Staff of North Central Kansas Libraries 1-800-432-2796 785-776-4741 785-776-1545 (fax) @nckls.org For security, we have left off part of our email address. The following email addresses end with @nckls.org, (with the exception of the Director). ​​ Linda Knupp Director, x 101 lknupp (at) @MHKLibrary.org Carol Barta Assistant Director, Consultant x 801 cbarta (Cell Phone: 785-410-8608) …

System Plan 2019

   2019 Service Plan & Goals         Reviewed by the NCKLS Executive Committee – May 31, 2018 Reviewed by the State Library Advisory Board – June 8, 2018 For review by the NCKLS System Board –August 2, 2018           Section 1:  System Description and Purpose The purpose of …

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