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Leisure Reading

Leisure Reading Available Through WSU Libraries

The Leisure Reading Collection on the first floor of Ablah Library includes books that can be checked out primarily for relaxation, whether you are looking for something to take along on vacation or simply for a break from academic pursuits.

Our collection reflects a wide variety of reading interests, designed to meet the various tastes of our students, staff, faculty, and community. The focus of the collection is fiction best-sellers and popular fiction genres, such as mystery, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and young adult literature. The collection also includes non-fiction best-selling books--in such areas as history, business and money management, self-improvement, politics, social affairs, and biography. In general, books in the collection are well-reviewed and published within the last two years.

Click HERE for a list of recent fiction and non-fiction works in the Leisure Reading Collection in the Reserve Reading Room of Ablah Library. Sort the resulting records by "Publication Date Descending" to view the most recent books first.

Digital E-Book and E-Audiobook Lending

The State Library of Kansas works with Kansas libraries to provide digital library books for all residents, which includes downloadable audiobooks and eBooks. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available from multiple platforms listed here. Click the platform name to go to the homepage, where you can search the collection. To access these ebook and eaudiobook platforms, you will need to use a Kansas Library eCard. Instructions for acquiring an eCard are below. For more information go to the Digital Book eLending site at  https://kslib.info/128/Digital-Book-eLending.

  • CloudLibrary- bestsellers, large publishers. (eBooks and eAudiobooks)
  • Enki Library- great variety, includes self-published. (eBooks)
  • Freading- no holds, large collection. (eBooks)
  • Note: as of 12/2/2020 RB Digital is no longer available through the Kansas State Library. eAudiobooks are only available through CloudLibrary (which has expanded its audiobook collection to include audiobooks previously available through RB Digital). If you have questions or need help accessing the new platform see this tutorial.

If you intend to read these eBooks on a computer or tablet, you might need to download Adobe Digital Editions, free software which allows you to access the eBook file for the limited check-out period (see information about the check-out periods below).  

Lending Limits and Periods

Service Loan Period Renewals Holds Early Return? Max # of checkouts
CloudLibrary

14 days

Yes, if no holds Yes Yes

5 at a time

Enki Library 21 days No Yes Yes 10 at a time
Freading 14 days No No (all times always available) N/A 5 per week (unused checkouts roll over for 4 weeks

How to Get Your Kansas Library eCard

The eCard is available to all Kansas residents and can be obtained at any library in Kansas -- including Wichita State University Libraries. It provides access to digital materials (ebooks/audiobooks, research databases). It is not so much a "card" as it is a login for online materials. Choose one of our two options to get the eCard:

1. Email us at librarystaff@wichita.edu with your full name (including middle initial), email address and date-of-birth.
2. Go to the Circulation Desk at the Ablah Library to get a Kansas Library eCard. Please bring a photo ID.

You can find more information about the Kansas State Library eCard at https://kslib.info/137/About-Library-Cards.

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