Newton Public Library institutes soft closure

The Newton Public Library is under soft closure, until further notice. The soft closure began on March 16.

A soft closure means all programs and meetings scheduled at the library have been canceled or suspended, and the library building is closed to the public.

Library materials will be available for pickup, only by reservation and at a pre-arranged time.

You can call, email, or Facebook message library staff with specific requests, and a staff member will meet you at the foyer (just inside the front doors) with your requested items.

Visit the online catalog at to see what items are available. Interlibrary loan may be limited due to state-wide closures.

Library fines are suspended, and patrons are welcome to keep their items until further notice. If you would like to return library items, you may leave them in the foyer during library hours or put them in the exterior book drop overnight between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and are happy to answer questions. Reach staff by phone (316-283-2890), email ( or Facebook message.

Ebooks, audiobooks and other downloadable content are available through the Sunflower E-Library, Hoopla, RBDigital, the Cloud Library and more, and you can get signed up over the phone if you haven’t already.

This soft closure is being instituted to protect the future health of the public and library staff. Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to serving your library needs as much as possible.

Please check the NPL Facebook page,, or website for any updates, as the COVID-19 concern is very fluid.