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PPL patrons now have two options for browsing and checking out eBooks and audio books, Axis 360 Digital Media and the Kansas EZ Library.

The Magic Wall: Axis 360s Digital Media Library

New eBook service now available exclusively to Pittsburg Public Library patrons.

Over 300 titles now available!

Use your Pittsburg Public Library Card and pin number (available at the Circulation desk) to access eBooks from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Axis360 is the all-in-one app for browsing, checking out and downloading ebooks and eaudiobooks from the library.

Follow these simple steps:

1. Download the Axis360 app to your tablet or phone from the app store for your device.

iOs app

Android app

Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD appclick this link to download the Axis360 app to your device, then install. 

2. Search "Pittsburg" on the Welcome screen to find the Pittsburg Public Library eBook collection.

3. Add your Library card and PIN, click login.

4. Find a title and check out. 

5. Start reading! 

For an alternate way to view your e-checkouts, visit the Pittsburg Public Library Ebook Collection page and login via the link in the upper right-hand corner.

Note: Blio users can now switch to the Axis 360 appIf you have used Blio in the past, now is the time to switch to the Axis 360 app! Check out, read and return your books all in one place with your Library card number and PIN to login.  

More help is available through the Axis 360 help site and the Axis360 YouTube channel.

Axis 360 Frequently Asked Questions:

--Check out up to four titles at a time.

--Check out for two weeks, or less if you’re a quick reader!

--Sync between the app on multiple devices - start reading on your home computer and finish on your smartphone.

--Renew to check out titles again.  

Need help? Please call the PPL Computer Lab, during library hours, at (620) 230-5559 and our friendly lab assistants will try to help you over the phone.

You are also welcome to bring your device into the lab and our still will be happy help walk you through the set-up process. You'll be e-reading in no time!

OneClick digital eAudiobooks

OneClick digital eAudiobooks are now available!

Click here to download an app for your device

Most titles available on this new service are for kids and young adults.
Let us know if you are interested and we will look into adding more adult titles.

If you need assistance, please visit or call the PPL Computer Lab, 620-230-5559.

Zinio Magazine Collection

Zinio eMagazines are now available!

Check out free magazines!

Any registered PPL user can read full-issues of their favorite magazines on most Internet connected devices, such as a computers, e-readers, or via a mobile app. The magazines don’t have to be returned and there is never a late fee. Click here to get started! 

If you need assistance, please visit or call the PPL Computer Lab, 620-230-5559.

Current subscriptions include: Bloomberg Business, Car & Driver, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Family Handyman, Field & Stream, Food Network Magazine, Games, Good Housekeeping, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Ladies Home Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Mental Floss, National Geographic, Newsweek, O: The Oprah Magazine, Organic Gardening, PC World, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Shape, Smithsonian Magazine, Taste of Home, Us Weekly, and Woman’s Day.

Visit your app store to download the free Zinio app to start reading.
Click here for Kindle Fire instructions

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in an ebook format. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book that you can read, or have read to you.

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of licensed titles from children's book publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge Press, Harcourt, Little Brown, Walker & Company, Lerner Books, and HarperCollins Publishers, amongst others.

TumbleBooks are a great addition to a reading program that can be worked on independently by each child or by a whole class and has been exceptionally well received by ESL and Special Education teachers.

The TumbleBook Library collection is available online from any computer in Kansas with Internet connection, through your school or library website.

Mango Languages Program

Pittsburg Public Library is pleased to announce that we now offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system. This web-based program is FREE to Pittsburg Public Library patrons, through the State Library of Kansas.

Mango is available in two versions. Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture.

Mango Basic is a beginner course that teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes, and helpful phrases in a short period of time.

Mango Languages offer more than 40 foreign language courses and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Click the link to get started. New users will need to create a profile with an email address and password. Mango will track your progress and you learn a new language. 

Questions? Please visit the PPL Computer Lab or give us a call at 620-230-5559.

Digital Book eLending from the State Library of Kansas

The State Library of Kansas has audio books and e-books available in various formats, including CD, MP3 Playaway, and downloadable. Browse, checkout, and download digital audio books and e-books using your Kansas Library Card, available at any PPL service desk.

Finding Downloadable Books Online


Project Gutenberg: Download books in the public domain (out of copyright). Browse by popularity, genre, and subject. Can transfer to or directly use on a portable device.

: Searches free ebooks from around the web. Converts the free books to more formats than they would previously have been available.

Inkmesh: Book search that includes a browse by subject alongside promotional free ebooks from companies including Baen (science fiction).

AddAll Books
: Free ebook browsing includes eHarlequins.

Google eBooks
: Download free or pay books here.


Spoken Alexandria: Great narration of books and other works in the public domain.

: Volunteer narration.

The Pittsburg Public Library has over 70,000 items in its collections. Materials for children and young adults are located on the first floor of the library, and materials for adults are on the second floor.

Books and Audio Books

Books comprise the majority of the library’s general collection and are offered at many different reading levels in various formats, including some Large Print and Spanish editions. Audio books are available for youth and adults on CD, MP3 and downloadable.

Newspapers and Magazines

The library currently subscribes to a variety of local, regional and national newspapers, as well as over 200 magazines for both youth and adults.

Movies and Music

DVD movies are available for check out at the library. Browse our selection of classics, documentaries and new releases. Just like books, you can place a hold on any DVD that is currently checked out. The library’s ever-expanding music collection includes a wide variety of genres on CD, which are located in the PPL lobby.

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format. Graphic novels are available for all ages and in all departments of the library including youth, teen and adult. Check out our new graphic novel display in the lobby.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are available for both youth and adults. These include items such as encyclopedias and almanacs, atlases, medical dictionaries, auto repair manuals, legal information, etc. Most of these must be used at the library and cannot be checked out, but older versions of some items do circulate.


Use databases to discover and read articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Databases also include auto manuals, encyclopedias, and sample GED and GRE tests. Access these premium websites for free inside the library or from home with a library card.

Kansas Collection

The library’s special collections include a Kansas Collection, which includes books that are either about Kansas or written by a Kansas author. Some materials check out, but many are historic and may only be used at the library. Just ask a librarian for assistance.

Local History Information

A vertical file containing photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures, and maps of the Pittsburg area is located in the Reference department. Microfilm copies of the Morning Sun newspaper (formerly the Pittsburg Headlight) dating back to 1899 and Pittsburg city directories dating back to 1904 are also available. High school and college yearbooks from Pittsburg schools can be found in the Kansas Collection.

Parent/Teacher Resource Collection

This collection is for preschool and home school teachers to use with students, and for parents and caregivers to use with their young children.

Books to Go Kits

Books to Go kits are a fun way to teach or learn about different subjects. Each kit contains a variety books and materials, which may include games, videos, or other fun items related to the subject.


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