The Central Plains Library System offers the following services:

  • Audiobook Collection
    CPLS owns over 1,000 circulating audiobook titles. System member libraries may borrow audiobooks (CD, MP3, and Playaway formats) for an extended loan period. View our catalog on Library Thing and then call or email the System’s Hastings office to borrow or reserve titles. You may also request that an assortment of 20 titles be sent to your library every other month.
  • Book Sets
    CPLS has many book sets to loan for student groups or Book Clubs.  See the list of CPLS Book Sets available. To search for Book Sets available from the Nebraska Library Commission, click here.
  • Breakout EDU Kits
    The System has two identical Breakout EDU kits to lend. Each kit can be used to design “Escape Room” programs. A Breakout EDU kit is a unique collection of resettable locks, boxes, and items that can be used to play 100s of immersive learning games. All Breakout EDU games require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.
  • Bulk Loans of Large Print Materials
    The System contracts with McCook Public Library to provide bulk loans of large print materials. For an annual fee of $50, members libraries can receive up to 200 books. Contact the System office for more information.
  • Consulting
    The System directors are available by phone or for site visits to discuss library related problems or concerns.
  • Continuing Education
    The System provides workshops on topics of interest to public, school and academic librarians and public library boards. Click here for current continuing education events and System activities.
  • Cooperative Puppet Orders
    Several times a year, the System places a cooperative order for Folkmanis puppets. System member libraries are eligible for a discount. To view the Folkmanis online puppet catalog, go to, then watch the email list and newsletter for cooperative order information.
  • Cutting Machines
    These handy machines cut out letters and shapes from paper, felt, cloth, thin cardboard, magnetic sheets, and foam. CPLS owns two Ellison machines–one Original and a Prestige Space Saver–plus one Mark IV Accu-Cut Machine, and dies (including a 2″ alphabet/numbers and two 4″ alphabet/numbers). System members may check the desired machine and dies out for a month at a time. See a complete listing of CPLS dies. Call the CPLS office to reserve a machine for your library. You may borrow a set of dies without the machine.
  • e-Readers
    The System received a Library Improvement Grant to purchase 3 e-Readers. An additional e-Reader was purchased in 2012. This e-Reader kit is available for loan to member libraries to enable librarians to become familiar with the technology. The four devices in the CPLS kit are a Sony Pocket Reader, a Pandigital Novel, a Barnes and Noble Nook, and an Amazon Kindle. You will receive all four readers, a book titled No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries, and a folder full of information about the devices. The loan period is one week. You are responsible for postage to return the kit to CPLS or to the next site. Call or email the CPLS Office to request the kit.
  • Equipment Loan
    The Central Plains Library System has available for loan to system member libraries the following equipment: Public Address System, Laptop & LCD Projector, Overhead Projector, Digital Audio Player and twelve Flip Digital Video Cameras. For more information or to reserve equipment, please contact the System Office
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Contact the Nebraska Library Commission at 800-307-2665 or go to
  • Newsletter
    The newsletter Plain Speaking is delivered to your email six times per year. Click here to see the available editions.
  • Online Mailing List
    Staff at all member libraries can join the CPLS Online Mailing List by pointing your browser to Click on “Subscribe to a List”, select “CPLS”, and enter your information.
  • Professional Collection
    CPLS offers an array of professional materials designed to help librarians in their work, including books and periodicals. Contact the System Office to borrow professional material by topic. See the topics by clicking on the “All Collections” button in the upper left-hand corner of the Library Thing webpage. System members are encouraged to recommend items for the professional collection. Please call 800-569-4961 with pertinent information (title, author, ISBN, publisher, date of publication, etc.).
  • “We Speak Your Language” Spanish Collections
    The Central Plains Library System has 12 rotating collections of adult and children’s items in Spanish. Contact the System office if you would like to be included on the route.
  • Wii Gaming System
    The System has two Nintendo Wii’s for check-out.  We also have two dance pads and two different dancing games. Borrow the Wii to have fun with young and old in your library. E-mail or call the System Office to reserve a Wii gaming system.