About the Library

Contact Us

You can reach Newton Public Library by phone: 316-283-2890; e-mail: library@newtonplks.org; and via this online form. Or you can visit during library hours! Staff members are always happy to answer questions, help you to find books and DVDs, assist with computers and technology, and connect you with resources.

Get a Library Card

Your Newton Public Library card is your passport to books, audiobooks DVDs, e-books, digital audiobooks, streaming movies and more! The card is available free to any Kansas resident.

To get your library card, visit Newton Public Library during open hours and bring:

• A driver’s license or government-issued photo ID. If your ID lists your current address, that’s all you need.

• If your ID does not list your current address, bring some other proof of address, such as a utility bill, lease agreement, or piece of mail.

Library cards for persons under 18 years of age must be requested by a parent or guardian. To read NPL’s full library card policy, click here.

Location and Parking

720 N. Oak Street, Newton, KS 67114 (Click here to view in Google Maps.)

Newton Public Library is located in Military Park, between Broadway and 7th. From I-135, take the Broadway Street exit to the Broadway roundabout, turn west on Broadway to the first traffic light, then right on Oak Street.

One-hour parking is available on Oak Street near the library’s front entrance, or park as long as desired in the parking lot across the street, just north of Intrust Bank.

Employment Opportunities

When available, job opportunities and instructions on how to apply will be listed on this page.

Library Board of Trustees

The Newton Public Library Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are residents of Newton. Board members are appointed by the mayor and approved by the city commission. Click here for information on meetings and current board members.

Library Policies

Click here to read Newton Public Library’s full policy manual.

Annual Reports

Each year, Newton Public Library issues a report on its activities and community impact. View past years’ reports here.


Miss Clara Rand of Chicago, a teacher in the city schools, promoted the idea of a library for Newton in the late 1870s. The “Ben Franklin Library,” a semi-private affair, was established, and later, the Newton Public Library Association was organized with a membership fee of $1.00 per year. In 1886, at a special election, the citizens voted to establish and support the Newton Free Library. Read On…