Resources that Support Education
The Most Important School Supply
Library Cards are FREE to all students as well as residents in Ellis county.
Free Computer Use, Internet Access, and Study Areas
The library offers free computers and Wi-Fi that students can use for FREE with a library card, as well as space to study.
Free Access to Local and Regional History
The Kansas Room, located in the basement of the library, is an excellent resource for Hays and Ellis County specific assignments. It houses historical information on Ellis County and its cities and towns, as well as genealogical and census information.
Class Visits to the Library
Arrange for your class to visit the Hays Public Library. Library staff can tailor presentations to meet your educational need, from an introductory overview of library services to point-of-need targeted research assistance. This can also be a great opportunity to sign students up for a regular library card.
Request a Presentation
Looking for a librarian to present information to your school’s site council, train teachers on using library resources, booktalk new titles to your students, or to share information about summer learning at the library? Fill out our Request a Speaker form and we can work with you to schedule a visit.
Take advantage of fine-free and extended borrowing privileges for educators! Access our many online research and learning resources, and check out materials in support of your students’ learning. Organization Cards can be issued to educators of public, private, and certified home-schools, as well as licensed child-care providers. To apply bring proof of affiliation and a photo ID to any service desk. Organization Cards must be renewed annually.
Resources and services for homeschoolers from homework help to local organizations to statewide information.
Summer Learning Support
Summer is the most critical time of the academic year, because it presents the most risk. Through programs that are aligned to summer learning needs, the Library works to fight “the summer slide,” when students without access to summer learning opportunities fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that’s hard to close. (Learn more facts about the achievement gap from the National Summer Learning Association.)