McConnell AFB Community
Air force library programs
Air Force Libraries provide an avenue for Airmen and their families to continue their professional and self-developmental educational pursuits, as well as resources for productive use of leisure time. Air Force Libraries also procure mission-essential technical publications to support job requirements of military personnel. Many online products, including downloadable audio books, e-books, and college level practice tests, are available from base library web pages and on the Air Force Portal. These libraries house a variety of print and audio-visual materials for check-out to eligible customers. In addition, Air Force libraries offer customer-use computers with Internet access, free of charge, and most have wireless Internet capabilities. Most base libraries conduct special programs, such as story hours and summer reading programs for youngsters, and offer a variety of classes, author and book talks, and holiday or Air Force heritage events.
The Air Force Library and Information System consists of 103 libraries (80 general, 9 academic, and 14 scientific and technical) as well as one Library Service Center at Ramstein AB in Germany, and nine Learning Resource Centers in Southwest Asia. The Air Force library program also oversees procurement and distribution of educational and recreational materials to over 280 remote sites and contingency operations in 40 countries around the globe. Air Force libraries serve over 12.6 million customers annually and house a total of 9 million print, audio, video and online resources.
Military OneSource On-Line Library provides 24/7 access to library materials that include:
- Ability to download free books from thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles, including animated children’s books, or request a free paperback or digital Playaway book from Military OneSource.
- Access to data bases to pursue education, research careers, fix cars or home appliances, maintain or remodel apartments or homes, and more.
Installation specific information
The McConnell Base Library is located in the Education Wing of the Robert J. Dole Community Center and offers more than 20,000 books for leisure, education and reference reading. The library collection also contains CD and audiocassette book recordings, a VHS and DVD collection as well as a paperback book exchange. In addition they have study materials for CLEP and Dantes tests. Other library collections include foreign language study materials, music CD’s, and the Chief of Staff reading list. The library subscribes to over 50 magazines and newspapers for their customers reading pleasure. The Library has fourteen Internet accessible computers with CAC card readers however they are not on the Base LAN. Wireless Internet service is also available in the library. There is one stand alone computer with a customer accessible scanner. The children’s section offers more than 8,000 books, a VHS and DVD collection, an audiobook collection. and two educational computers.
The library offers a myriad of programs for young children through adults. We have weekly story times, outreach programs, homeschool group programs, book discussion groups, free computer classes, and a very successful Summer Reading Program. Sign up for the Library’s mailing list to get current information on these great programs!
Who can use the library? Per AFI 34-262, military members and their families, military retirees and their family members, DOD civilians (both APF and NAF) and their family members, DOD contractor personnel working on the installation, and students taking courses on base may use the base library.
- Interlibrary Loan (borrowing materials from other libraries)
- Fax Service
- Wireless Internet
- Customer Use Scanner
- Guided Group Tours
- Online Research Databases
- Rosetta Stone Online Learning Center
- OverDrive Audiobook Download (All Above Services Are Free)
- Copy Machine ($.10 per page)
Preschool Story Time-Preschool children will enjoy a full hour filled with books, songs, fingerplays, crafts and fun! Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in room 159 of the Education Wing of the Dole Community Center.
School Age Book Club Meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room located in the Dole Community Center Ballroom.
Outreach Story Time – The Library offers Outreach Story Time where they can come to your place for Story Time.
Chief of Staff Reading Books Available – The 2008 Chief of Staff books are now available for checkout at the McConnell Library.