315 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 347
Oskaloosa, KS 66066

9AM-7PM Monday
9AM-5PM Tues-Fri
9AM-12PM Saturday

Phone: 785-863-2475
Fax: 785-863-2088

Children’s Library Storytimes & Playgroups

Children’s Library Storytimes & Playgroups


Story Times & Playgroups for young children are normally held on Thursday mornings, 10AM-11AM, in the back room of the library. Information regarding specific themes for each month's programs will be posted in the library's front window, and new flyers are available to pickup in the library each month.

For regular updates on our Children's Programming, like us on Facebook @ Oskaloosa Public Library!

NEKLS Accreditation

FLIPSTER: Checkout our New Digital Magazine Collection

Now Available: Free Instant Access to the magazines you know and love in an easy-to-read digital format. All you need is your library card! Visit catalog.nexpresslibrary.org (or simply click the “NExpress: Search the Catalog” link on our home page).  Login and Click on “Access Flipster” on the left-hand side of the page.

Titles you will find on Flipster:

  • Time
  • Sports Illustrated
  • People
  • Scientific American
  • Bon Appetit
  • Us Weekly
  • Fortune
  • Empire
  • HGTV Magazine
  • Real Simple
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Creative Knitting
  • Sew News
  • Consumer Reports
  • Writer’s Digest
  • and more…!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask!

If you need to setup a Login and Password for your NExpress library account, just ask! We are happy to help!!


Summer Reading 2016: “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!!”

Click on this Link to view the:

Summer Reading 2016 Event Flyer

Reminder: Rules of Conduct

The Oskaloosa Public Library Rules of Conduct

  • Children under 10 years must be attended by an adult when visiting the library.
  • Shirt and Shoes must be worn in the library.
  • Food and drinks may be enjoyed outside of the library or in the library meeting room with permission.
  • Bikes and skateboards must be left outside of the library on the bike rack, not obstructing the walkway.
  • No theft or vandalism.
  • No Soliciting.
  • No Smoking.
  • No Drugs.
  • Be considerate of others by having good hygiene.
  • Be respectful.

You will be required to leave the library and may have library privileges suspended by not following these Rules of Conduct.

New Sidewalk

The sidewalks in front of the library are being worked on today and tomorrow, April 21 and 22. We will have a new sidewalk and ramp at our entrance! Thank you to the City of Oskaloosa and King’s Construction!! The back door will be unlocked for access to the library.

April is National Poetry Month

Try a new therapeutic hobby this month: reading poetry.

Some of our poetry titles are on display here at the library along with local poet Stephen P. Foster’s work. Stop in to take a look!

Looking to write poetry? We have a book to help with that as well.

Rules of Conduct=Safe Environment for All

We have recently created new “Rules of Conduct” this year for the library. These were approved by our library board in January 2016, and we will be implementing these rules from now on in order to keep the library a safe environment for everyone. To view these rules, click the link below. Thank you!

The Oskaloosa Public Library Rules of Conduct


Closings Due to Inclement Weather

With all of the snowfall lately, here is a reminder:

If USD 341 Oskaloosa schools are closed due to inclement weather, we close as well. Please stay home and stay safe on these days!

Thank you!

Looking for a Specific Title?

You can search our catalog right from home!

On the right hand side of our website, click the “Nexpress: Search the Catalog” icon. In the top search bar you can search for any title or author and choose which Northeast KS libraries you would like to search.

Curious which movies we have available at our library? On the upper left hand side of the catalog page select “Advanced search.” Select the “Item Type” tab, then select “Movies.” Next, select the “Shelving Location” tab, under the “Location and Availability:” select “Oskaloosa Public Library” in the drop down box. Last, select the blue “Search” button at the bottom of the page. You may refine your search by using any of the options located on the left-hand side of the page.

Feel free to explore the catalog for any items you may be interested in. If you need further assistance finding an item we are happy to help! Contact the library.

Ask about setting up a username and password on your library account to place holds and renew items straight from your home computer!

Upcoming Holiday Closings

The Oskaloosa Public Library will be closed:

  • Thursday, Dec. 24 for Christmas Eve
  • Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day
  • Friday, Jan. 1 for New Years Day

Stories with Santa!!

santawithbabyJoin us this Saturday, December 12 for our “Stories with Santa” event at 5:30PM here at the library! Children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas. Milk, cookies and a craft will be provided. We will read a short Christmas Story at 5:45PM followed by a surprise appearance by Santa. Children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap to tell him their wishes.

Bring your camera. Photos are encouraged, but not provided!