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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Submitted in accordance with KAR 54-1-5 requiring that “Regional Systems of cooperating libraries shall submit annually to the state library advisory commission for review and amendment a program of services and tentative budget of the regional system of cooperating libraries,” and K.S.A. 75-2552.

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