COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response
Coronavirus COVID-19

March 18, 2020
Notice to Patrons: Library Closing and Pandemic Response Update

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, Hutchinson Public Library will be closed to the public for up to four weeks, beginning March 18, 2020. We realize that this may present a hardship to some of our patrons and regret that we must close. Library staff will continue to work during this time to attempt to continue some limited services.

How we came to this decision: 

The two guiding principles behind our decision are that Hutchinson Public Library will attempt to continue providing the best service possible to our patrons during a pandemic situation, and that Hutchinson Public Library’s management will balance that service with the safety and well-being of the staff and patrons throughout.

All schools and a number of other public spaces in our community have closed and other announcements of closings are continuing. 

As recommendations from the CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are updated and we follow best practices for mitigating pandemic spread, there is growing concern of the potential risk to library staff and patrons and our ability to preserve an environment that facilitates health and safety.

What will happen while the library is closed?

What if I have library items currently checked out? Please continue to return your items to the library book drop in the parking lot. No fines will be charged while the library is closed. Staff have put in place a process to quarantine and sanitize each item before it is placed back on the shelves.

What will happen with the Inter Library Loan service?

Interlibrary loans will be suspended until further notice and no fines will be charged while the library is closed.  Any interlibrary loan items returned during the library closure must be placed in the 24 hour book drop and the items must contain its paperwork. 

Will any library services be available during the closure period? All services will be suspended for up to two weeks, beginning March 18 through April 1.  During that time, staff will evaluate ways to provide materials and limited services. Online programs and learning opportunities are available on our website and through social media. Our website, www.hutchpl.org, has links to free eBooks, audiobooks, popular magazines, streaming music and downloads, online learning and research and more (continued on next page).


How can I keep updated about the reopening of the library? All service updates will be posted on the homepage of our website and on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).


Hutchinson Public Library is committed to sharing information, especially in times of emergencies. Please use the following links to help you find reliable and up-to-date information from local, state, and national resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Take these steps to protect yourself.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Practice social distancing (a recommended distance of about 6 feet). 

If you’re worried, immunocompromised, or sick, please consider staying home.


Stay up-to-date with these trusted sources and factual information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] will provide information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.


It is important to remember to share facts and not fear


The Reno County Health Department is our local resource for information and updates.


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is handling all testing for COVID-19.


If you are sick, please stay home.

For the health and safety of others, please be thoughtful about coming into a library if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. Please do your part to stop the spread of germs and disease



March 16, 2020

All storytimes, children's and adult programs are cancelled through the end of April in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The CDC "recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States." Please watch our website for more information as this situation continues to develop. Our staff are working on ways to continue to provide online programs and learning opportunities on our website and through social media. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
March 13, 2020

A Notice to our Patrons


As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, Hutchinson Public Library will attempt to continue providing the best service possible to our patrons during this pandemic situation, and strive to balance that service with the safety and well-being of staff and patrons.


We’re closely following advice from the City of Hutchinson and the Reno County Health Department, and so far they haven’t recommended closing public spaces.


As part of our normal daily procedure, library staff have been regularly cleaning and sanitizing high traffic areas of the library several times throughout the day. Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also available throughout the library. We encourage staff and patrons to also practice social distancing (a recommended distance of about 6 feet) while enjoying the library.


If you are staying home, you can still use the library!

Our website has free eBooks, audiobooks, popular magazines, streaming music and downloads, online learning and research and more.

Stay up-to-date with these trusted sources and factual information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] will provide information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.
It is important to remember to share facts and not fear.
The Reno County Health Department has regularly updated information, as well as a hotline to call if you suspect exposure.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is handling all testing for COVID-19.